- Black man films ‘Crosswalk Cathy’ yelling racist slurs at him Tuesday 6:47 PM
- Guerrilla artists turn John Oliver billboard ad into right-wing meme Tuesday 4:20 PM
- Netflix lines up unnecessarily good cast for ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ Tuesday 3:48 PM
- Netflix drops trailer for Mötley Crüe biopic ‘The Dirt’—and the cast is wild Tuesday 3:41 PM
- QAnon’s repetitive posts are alienating even his most ardent supporters Tuesday 3:36 PM
- Noah Cyrus cries on Instagram after Lil Xan’s baby announcement Tuesday 2:26 PM
- The ‘Well yes, but actually no’ meme is here to help you explain things Tuesday 12:07 PM
- Judge orders Roger Stone to appear in court after his Instagram post Tuesday 11:24 AM
- I worked with the migrant caravan—and Trump is the cause of his national emergency Tuesday 11:09 AM
- How to watch Liverpool vs. Bayern Munich online for free Tuesday 11:08 AM
- ‘Patriot Act’ volume 2 proves Hasan Minhaj is the next big star of the news-comedy genre Tuesday 11:01 AM
- ‘Friends From College’ canceled after 2 seasons at Netflix Tuesday 10:53 AM
- Allow your wallet to be your spirit guide during this rad anime sale Tuesday 10:43 AM
- Man stages fake DUI trial to propose to girlfriend, and people are asking why Tuesday 10:40 AM
- Bernie Sanders’ website full of 404s on launch day Tuesday 10:23 AM
Most sports fans are content to pull on their team’s shirt and root them on. But what of those who take their fandom an extra step?
Most sports fans are content to pull on their team’s shirt and root them on. But what of those who take their fandom an extra step by dressing head to toe in team colors—even when there’s no game on? There’s a name for them: Full Kit Wankers.
The Twitter hashtag #FullKitWanker is full of photos of men who take to the streets clad in full soccer uniforms (or, since they’re mostly Brits, “football kits”). Stats from Topsy for the last month show mentions of the hashtag spiked to 3,072 on Jan 18, with a few smaller spikes in activity over the last few weeks. #FullKitWanker is very much a thing.
The meme appears to come from the Britcom The Inbetweeners, in which characters insult others with variations on the word “wanker.”
@WankersFullKit has documented the trend since Dec. 2011, pulling in more than 110,000 followers to pile shame onto fans who dare to dress up as their favorite players.
Here are just a few:
If you want your son to impress El Hadji Diouf, why not meet him with your kid dressed up as the Leeds player while wearing blackface?
Spotted: one passionate Manchester City fan rolling along.
This one‘s just a couple sizes too small.
Just a guy doing his groceries wearing his Manchester United kit. He don’t even care.
More Full Kit Wanker grocery shopping shenanigans. This time, an Aston Villa fan.
What looks like a Queens Park Rangers fan getting his burn on, team socks and all.
It’s not just the men who are a little too proud of their teams.
Liverpool’s Luis Suarez certainly has his fans.
It’s not an epidemic confined to fans of English teams, as this Glasgow Rangers supporter at a betting shop shows.
A blurry photo it may be, but this is assuredly someone dressed as Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
This guy, dressed as Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech (complete with protective helmet) might just take the cake.
And here’s another for good measure.
Photo via @WankersFullKit/Twitter
Based in Montreal, Kris Holt has been writing about technology and web culture since 2010. He writes for Engadget and Tech News World, and his byline has also appeared in Paste, Salon, International Business Times, Mashable, and elsewhere.