No, the other point of view is that a bit of vigorous name calling in A league sports is routine.
The problem is that Eddie didn't call anyone names. Eddie had a few hundred white footballers to call upon, for his weird King Kong promo ramble, but he didn't miss a beat with singling out a black player, with the echos of "ape" fresh in his mind.
The argument has a fragile hinge, which assumes:
- that animal analogy name calling, against black people, doesn't have a long and ugly tradition
- that sticks and stones break bones, but words never hurt
- that it would have been equally ok for a child or for Eddie to call Adam Goodes a faggot or a nigger; see, it's all equally innocent: ape, retard, neanderthal, it's in good spirits, a lark.
Now Eddie Maguire has become a victim of his own political correctness. I really don’t have much sympathy for him – he helped set up the victim game at the start of the week.Grown men should grow up (c/o Kathy)
However, his comments highlight how juvenile our society has become.
The Thought Police and Rapid Joke Investigation Squads have jumped in to condemn Eddie for a comment, that was, well, just an innocent comment. There was no malice. There was no racism.
In fact, the whole debacle has become a huge joke. Except that it’s not funny and no one is laughing.
If you can’t handle a 13 year old yelling from the sidelines, as an individual the problem is yours, not hers. She’s just a girl.
If footballers are offended at being compared to big, hairy apes then maybe they are in the wrong business. After all, they make a living by chasing around a bit of pig-skin, much like a bunch of monkeys.
And if society can’t handle it either, then it says more about the brittleness of our culture than it does about anything else.
It’s time for grown men to grow up.