Gender, demographic and geopolitical distribution of my friends according to their take on the World Cup.
My French straight female friends could watch a football game if there’s a gathering involved, drinks and good food and/or if it is the final match of the World Cup. And they won’t really pay attention.
My French straight female friends who are artists, writers and/or work in the cultural milieu can go for days without knowing the World Cup is on.
My French gay female friends will strongly oppose to watching a football match. Some have political reasons for it. Some are just uninterested or consider it primitive or tacky.
My French straight male friends under forty could watch a football game if there’s a gathering of friends involved, drinks and good food and/or if it is the final match of the World Cup. For my French straight male friends who are over forty see a combination of my French female friends and my French gay female friends.
For my French gay male friends see my French straight female friends.
My Spanish straight female friends could watch a football game if I asked them to (for instance, if Mexico was playing), just to be nice to me and spend some time together. In general they could not care less about the World Cup and will be outspoken about it. They consider making a big deal about the World Cup or football in general tacky and/or primitive.
My Spanish straight female and male friends who are artists and/or work in the cultural milieu (with the exception of literature) will absolutely not watch a football game, consider it primitive and tacky and will complain about all the blameworthy and politically incorrect aspects of FIFA, football fans, etc.
My Spanish straight male friends will watch every game. My Spanish straight male friends who are writers will watch most games and tweet about it.
My Spanish gay male friends will not watch a football match under any circumstance.
My Mexican friends straight and gay, male and female, artists, writers, and those who work in the cultural milieu will watch any and every World Cup game, will comment about it on Twitter, will buy a TV if they don’t have one, will write a column about the World Cup even if they don’t really understand how football works, will take their kids out of school in the middle of the day when Mexico is playing… Some will watch games without paying attention or understanding what is going on, some will watch while complaining about all the blameworthy and politically incorrect aspects of FIFA, football fans, etc. This can usually be applicable to the rest of my Latin American friends.