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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Rats & Rugby Thugs Beckon Thee to Gay Paree

posted by on July 25 at 11:17 AM


This past weekend, I finally saw Ratatouille, the Disney/Pixar/Brad Bird film about [spoiler alert] a rat that becomes a chef by pulling a guy’s hair. The movie’s good, if you don’t mind looking at cartoon rats of varying degrees of disgustingness for 110 minutes, but not as exciting or satisfying as The Incredibles, Disney/Pixar/Bird’s last collaboration. But the movie makes Paris look absolutely gorgeous, which I understand isn’t hard, but still, the Pixarized Paris was one of the best parts of the movie, and makes me want to visit Paris immediately (as does another less-than-exemplary film, Everyone Says I Love You).

After Ratatouille, I found the photo above on Towleroad, which identified it as the work of the French tourism site C’est So Paris, which hopes to attract Londoners to Paris for the forthcoming Rugby World Cup matches “in the city of love.” (See the full ad here.)

If Paris is as gorgeous as Pixar suggests AND full of mashing rugby thugs, I’d be willing to overlook the haute cuisine prepared by vermin…

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I think Rugby was the Gay Sport of Choice™ way back in 2002. There was a calender featuring a bunch of circuit trash losers even--all of whom, I believe, have since gone onto either Put-Put Golf or RSVP Cruises for Gay 12-Steppers in Recovery.

A shame Paris is behind the ball on this. It's still a nice poster though.

Posted by Boomer in NYC | July 25, 2007 12:17 PM

I assume they are biting each other's tongues out. Rugby players are beyond the pale. They stick their fingers up each other's asses to get a grip. Never, ever, ever get on a bus or train or plane or boat with rugby players. They will tear the place to shreds and eat the beer bottles.

Posted by Fnarf | July 25, 2007 12:27 PM

Boats too???


Posted by David Schmader | July 25, 2007 12:39 PM

Paris has it's good points, don't get me wrong, but if your idea of "gorgeous" DOESN'T include: little in the way of greenery outside of the larger parks & thoroughfares; boring-to-downright ugly 18th & 19th century architecture; and sidewalks literally awash in dog feces, then you might want to change your mind about its relative merits.

Posted by COMTE | July 25, 2007 12:50 PM

That picture is so my new desktop.

Posted by skweetis | July 25, 2007 12:55 PM

I read a book once where a fellow took the ferry from England to Ireland with a rugby team. They drank the whole boat dry, tore it to shreds, terrorized the citizenry, and filled every corner of the boat with vomit. You sleep on the floor.

Oh, Comte, I didn't see any dog shit when I was there. They have these adorable little green trucks all over the city to hoover it all up now. And an army of guys washing the streets and sidewalks with high-pressure hoses and carpet rolls to direct the flow. Cleanest city I've ever been in, overall.

Posted by Fnarf | July 25, 2007 1:04 PM

Fnarf, I have yet to eat a beer bottle- And sticking one's finger in the ass for a better grip is only encouraged off the pitch, at the Cuff.

Posted by UNPAID BLOGGER | July 25, 2007 1:15 PM

DAMN! That pic is so vivid I can taste that guys tongue!

Posted by drone5969 | July 25, 2007 2:34 PM

Well, you're not a real rugger then, UNPAID. Get chomping.

Posted by Fnarf | July 25, 2007 2:38 PM

Those French rugby players are so liberated. In England, they have to get drunk before they start getting naked and having sex with each other.

Posted by Gitai | July 25, 2007 3:14 PM


I think Rugby was the Gay Sport of Choice™ way back in 2002.


Rugby players are beyond the pale. They stick their fingers up each other's asses to get a grip.
Posted by keshmeshi | July 25, 2007 4:14 PM

If you like your Ruggers then check this out (Via Sullivan).

Oh so NSFW.

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | July 25, 2007 4:28 PM

Did you know that, in the real Paris, rats don't cook?

I'm just saying, that was part of the filmmaker's imagination. Which means that it isn't real.

So, there's that.

Posted by Lee Gibson | July 26, 2007 12:44 AM

@13: No. I refuse to believe what you say. Ratatouille was a documentary.

Posted by David Schmader | July 26, 2007 1:29 PM

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