A photo of Carlton’s Jordan Boyd has sparked fierce debate after fans noticed an unusual detail in a picture of him holding his hands to his face after the Blues’ tough loss to Brisbane.
Boyd, 25, had a superb game, with 17 disposals, five marks, four tackles and 461metres gained, but it was his colourful nail polish which had fans riled up.
The blue, pink, yellow and black fashion statement was captured in a photo by the AFL’s chief photographer Michael Wilson, who captioned it ‘the pain of defeat’.
But one footy fan was so upset by it, they wrote ‘netball? what sport is this photo from’, while another asked ‘Why is he wearing nail polish?’ and a third wrote ‘Hmmm nice nail polish.’
It wasn’t long before other fans leapt to his defence with one social media user writing: ‘Imagine being offended by a man wearing nail polish.’
A photo of Carlton’s Jordan Boyd (pictured) has sparked a fierce online debate after a picture of him holding his hands to his face after the Blues’ loss to Brisbane went viral
Carlton player Jordan Boyd (right) is pictured with his girlfriend. He also appears to be wearing nail polish in this photo
This was followed by many more comments supporting Boyd, who is one of the AFL’s brightest prospects.
‘So many insecure men in the comments! Afraid of another man wearing nail polish,’ wrote one.
Another said it was ‘Concerning how many low life plebs who have issues with a man wearing nail polish are roaming around society. Get a grip.’
Some women expressed envy at how well Boyd wore the adornment to his nails.
‘I am only annoyed and impressed Jordan Boyd can pull off nail polish better than I can,’ wrote one.
The same commenter added that ‘Ya’ll laughed when Sam Newman and co dressed as women on the Footy Show but the minute a player wears nail polish… ya all complain. Fair dinkum.’
Another was so infuriated, they were driven to threaten harm to their own phone, writing ‘If I have to see one more brainless comment about Jordan Boyd’s nailpolish I am going to throw my phone down a storm water drain.’
Some said it showed Boyd was sure of his place in the world, with one writing ‘Why not? Probably not insecure in his masculinity, unlike others.’
Another imagined it was someone else did the painting for him, writing ‘I’m guessing a young relative or fan painted his nails for ‘luck’ during the finals series.
‘Would explain the colours & chips.’
Others kept some perspective about how it matter a whole lot more about how the game is played than about whether or not a player paints their nails.
‘Jordan Boyd is a gun, shame on anyone talking s*** about him,’ wrote one.
And another kept it very simple for the easily offended, writing they were ‘Very impressed with Jordan Boyd. Has what it takes to make it in this caper.’
Josh Dunkley of the Lions is tackled by Jordan Boyd of the Blues during the AFL second preliminary final match between the Lions and Carlton at The Gabba on September 23, 2023 in Brisbane