The Australian National Rugby League (NRL) has defended its decision to post a picture of two female footballers from opposing teams kissing after the inaugural Women’s State of Origin.
The photo posted to the NRL’s Facebook page features women’s Rugby players Karina Brown, who plays for Queensland, and Vanessa Foliaki, of New South Wales, kissing after the match.
The image of the couple kissing was responded with some negativity, including one social media user calling the decision to post a picture of two women embraced in a kiss a “bad move” by the NRL. The NRL responded with: “Welcome to 2018 … can’t wait for you to join us!”.
Another claimed the NRL was “already sexualising the women’s league” and that it was “one step forward three steps back”.
The NRL replied: “If we can post a (camera emoji) of Cooper Cronk and his wife Tara kissing, then we can share a photo of Karina Brown and Ness Foliaki sharing a moment too.”
More importantly, the inaugural Women’s State of Origin has been hailed as a step in the right direction for women’s rugby league. Close to 7 thousand people turned up to watch the game live and the match was broadcast live on Nine Network and Fox Sports.