God help us all – More contrived offence-taking nonsense from Foolish Foon just when I hoped he was improving. Commenting (needless to say) on the harmless quip by Sky Sports commentator Joe Wheeler to the Otago rugby captain’s praise of their star Japanese player, despite difficulties with his lack of English, Wheeler said, “he was leally, leally, good”. Being New Zealand, naturally there were predictable media promoted fainting fits and the standard tiresome complaints of racism.
Joking about different nationalities’ speech and other peculiarities aint racism. Indeed mostly it’s the opposite, namely a sign of affection.
Jewish comedians for example, dwell on Jewish behavioural clichés of the tightness with money and fusspot mothers ilk. In short, they’re grown-up and enjoy laughing at themselves.
All humour is based on human differences, be they religion, race, physically or whatever and, to repeat, their acknowledgement and taking the mickey is a sign of comradly affection, not derision.
“An Englishman, a Scotsman and an Irishman went into a bar…” “A vicar, a rabbi and a Catholic priest went…”. Age old stuff which would today have Foolish in a fainting fit.
But far from fainting he’d have a heart attack if he heard the banter that goes on with one of my best friends, a maori, when on the tennis court or golf-course.
Mind you, Foolish (and anyone else) wouldn’t understand it as it’s so much part of our vernacular, it’s now hugely abbreviated. For example, what to make of say overhearing this typical exchange on the golf-course. Imagine we’re all square coming up to the last hole.
Me: “To keep it competitive I’m doing the decent thing and keeping the cork in”.
Ryan: shouting “Pull it out; pull it out”.
The translation is that to keep the game competitive I’m bottling up my superior European character. We’ve dozens of such teasing word-plays which brighten our lives.
Ryan double-faults on the tennis court and starts swearing.
“That’ll be God,” I say. “He hates maoris”.
“I know he does, I know, I know,” Ryan will shout, and so it goes.
If Ryan was say short I’d have said the same quip about God hating short buggers and receive the same response, and so on directed back to me.
Perhaps these sort of exchanges are more male behaviour but one thing I know and that is they’re universal.
So back to Foolish Foon and the harmless “leally, leally good” quip.
Having first predictably brought in the prerequisite but totally irrelevant reference to maoridom, Foolish told the media,
“There’s a huge sensitivity on racism issues now going forward…”
I’m fairly pedantic about English and I’m not taking the mickey when I say I found that comment massively offensive on two counts, moreso coming from a senior Government office-holder.
First, the mind-blowing contradictory tenses illiteracy, specifically “now” followed by “going forward” and second, the utter illiteracy, much remarked about of late, of the recent years vogue of the ludicrous “going forward”.
This began with financial commentators who seem unable to utter a sentence without including it, i.e. “X coy’s earning prospects look great going forward”. Their prospects can hardly look great going backwards or sideways.
Foolish compounded his silliness by a reference to the “younger generation not tolerating this”.
Since whenever in human history has the younger generation’s collective copy-catism been anything but a source of amusement?
I’ll sum that up quickly by quoting Mark Twain’s famous observation.
“When I was 14 my father was so ignorant… but when I got to 21 I was astonished by how much he had learned in 7 years”.
Foolish currently behaves like a 15 year old.
The saddest thing about this incident is the commentator Joe Wheeler then apologising. He had nothing to apologise for. Had he been an Australian commentator and such an incident had occurred, he’d have told critics where to go.
Maybe he was just “reaching out”.
Everyone I have ever known is happy to joke around with friends about personal matters including race, but few like to be the target of racism in the media.
I too prefer not to hear racism or any other ism broadcast because the fact is it encourages morons like the mosque shooter. Sadly there are always going to be those of limited brain-power who like to think they are superior for one reason or another but public encouragement of mindless race or other isms is not to be encouraged by any well balanced thinking person.
The commentator was, however, showing his ignorance about the Japanese language- in the West we think the Japanese can’t say ‘r’; rather it is ‘L’ (only because it isn’t used in their language, I think physically they can say it-someone tell me if I’m wrong here). Eg when my daughter, Claire, went to school in Japan-you’ve met my daughter Sir Bob (when you kindly invited her to your office to offer life advice to her just as she was finishing uni, so very appreciated), her family called her ‘Kureya’ (Japanese form of Claire), and her host sister was called ‘Risa’ (pronounced surprisingly Risa, not Lisa).
Great commentary Bob. Well said
Fools’ fainting fits has a nice ring. The English speaking world is being very badly served by its journalists far too few of whom have the intellectual ability to call out this nonsense rather than echoing it.
So much woke crap. Male humour is often based on teasing each other about our differences. Its usually the funniest too.
I think Billy T would be a sad person with this BS that is being foisted on the people who wish to smile or laugh out loud about our differences. He lived well with everyone and taught us how to take the mickey. Where did we get this buffoonery as race relations ?
Indeed so true Sir Bob. Biking with my similar age i.e. 60ish friends would be boring indeed without the hilarious heckling involving beer pots, love handles, scrawny runts, un-co dorks and you grumpy prick aren’t you getting any,.. type comments. What a pack of utter wankers these joy killing offence taking idiots are.
Foon simply makes himself irrelevant not to be offended by EVERYTHING. That’s exactly how these dicks make themselves relevant today. Isn’t absolutely everything racist today? Or sexist? Or some other ….ist?
And the silent majority remains silent and let’s the nonsense prevail. Just look at the US today. What a mess spurred and emboldened by the woke left.
To quote: John Stuart Mill, who said in 1867: “Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.” And today the bad has the voice of the press.
Yes. Press being the woke accomplice; bad by compliant willing association.
Here’s a story in a similar vein-hopefully it will spread a little fun. Every time we hear about offense or discrimination a couple of friends and I usually comment “Best ask Hafun about that…”
“Hafun Goldberg” is a character developed over a few years of eye rolling at woke BS.
Hafun is an immigrant ex Muslim Jewish anti-discrimination lawyer who is a black, gay, redheaded dwarf.
The joke is that no matter how offended you are-Hafun has it much, much worse and thus never actually gets any anti-discrimination legal work.
“YOU CALL THAT DISCRIMINATION…?”
Things pretty quickly go downhill from there.