Right-Wingers Lose Their Minds Over NFL Top Prospect Caleb Williams' Pink Phone, Nails

Kilian Melloy READ TIME: 1 MIN.

Right-wing trolls are spinning out after USC quarterback – and NFL top prospect – Caleb Williams appeared with pink-painted fingernails and a pink phone to match, because... well, because of course they are.

It matters not to Williams – who, USA Today noted, has "been labeled a generational prospect by some" – or his formidable talent.

After all, USA Today pointed out, "Williams has been using his nails as a form of expression for years, including the 2022-23 college football season when he won the Heisman Trophy."

"Real men wear pink," LGBTQ+ athletics site OutSports said in a writeup on the tizzy in a fragile teacup. "And they dress however they damn well please."

OutSports recounted that "The freak-out" commenced after Williams was spotted "at the USC-Kansas NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament game... cheering on his fellow Trojans," where "he was seen on screen, pretty in pink."

"Of course, every Williams cynic emerged from their slumbers to express their worries with Williams' 'conduct,'" USA Today relayed. "How could someone with painted nails be a successful NFL player? Could someone that doesn't exude masculinity all the time actually lead an NFL locker room?"

"The biggest question though was undoubtedly, 'Why does this matter at all?'" the newspaper asked.

USA Today explained that Williams "decorat[es] his nails as a means to honor his mother who has worked as a nail technician all her life."

"However, because the way he's honoring his mother is deemed feminine, clearly he doesn't have the tools to be an NFL quarterback," the newspaper quipped, before dismissing such rhetoric with: "Get out of here with that."

by Kilian Melloy , EDGE Staff Reporter

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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