Thank you Dave Whelan, you have now put this song in my head…
A song Dave may well appropriate at face value.
Note to Dave; never say these things on a Thursday, the audience and panel on BBC’s circus-spectacle excuse for political debate ‘Question Time’ will go mental.
Dave Whelan, Wigan Athletic owner (and owner of their ground which he very kindly lets Wigan Warriors play their rugby league on) has made some very stereotypical remarks about Jews and Chinese people.
Well, more about Jewish people really, he merely said that he reckons everyone has called a Chinese person a “chink” from time to time.
He’s probably right.
Then again Dave also said there should be a minute’s silence before football matches following the death of Maggie Thatcher, so he clearly isn’t operating with a full squad.
What Dave has chosen to do is broadcast these rather antiquated views in a public forum and he will be vilified for them.
What Dave has also done is take attention off Wigan’s most recently appointed manager Malky Mackay.
MacKay is under investigation for a series of alleged racist/sexist texts and emails he sent and received.
You know, private stuff.
It is quite easy to sound like you condone any type of derogatory behaviour if you defend anything that the apparent majority (for “majority” read social media, and old media trying to keep a grasp of being relevant).
I don’t wish to be seen as two wrongs making a right, but who hasn’t received a racist/sexist email/text?
Worse yet, who hasn’t laughed at them?
We have reached a point where too may dots are being joined together. The baying mob and tabloid-frenzy hysteria of the 60’s-90’s has been replaced by the twitter twitch-hunt and the Facebook group feeding frenzy.
People have lost perspective.
Scientists landed a probe on a comet and all people talk about is that one of the guys (Dr. Matt Taylor) was wearing a dubious t-shirt. A t-shirt made for him by a female friend, but that isn’t good enough, this man needs to be humbled in a very public way and so he was.
We’ve reach a point where calling a woman ‘darling’ is being viewed as one step away from committing a sex crime.
Where the mere knowledge of racial slurs is akin to wanting another Holocaust or lynching.
We don’t judge anyone anymore by the sum of their person and their acts, we are now coerced into judging people based on the “lowest” thing they have possibly done, said, or most worrying of all, thought.
What MacKay sent and received may be discriminatory, but if what we say in private is how we are judged, who is going to be left to cast the first stone?
A sponsor (premier range) has all ready pulled sponsorship from Wigan – shall we throw open their emails and texts and see what we find?
Dave Whelan has spoken in an ill-judged way, quite how he came to making those statements is a mystery, what will now happen is people will try to force a private business owner to sell his own business.
Dave Whelan is a doddery old man (no defence) who has said something daft. Nothing sinister, he hasn’t invoked a blood libel.
This isn’t to condone his words, this is merely to find some perspective. A perspective that a great many people seem to be losing regularly.
Seriously, I will post beer/brewery/festival reviews next…