STEVE BOTT inspects the world of political correctness and wonders if that world has gone mad
MARIO BALOTELLI and Dave Whelan are unlikely bedfellows, but they have been linked recently due to the PC madness that has invaded our septic isle.
Balotelli will not have won a great deal of sympathy for his post about “jumping like a black man and grabbing coins like a Jew”. Whelan, however, merely stated that “Jews chase money.”
So what if they do and Dave said it? Similarly with Balotelli, really. Are we to reverse what has been said and done over thousands of years, and take the PC route that indicates that everyone and everything is lovely and should not be lambasted in any way? I think not.
I have been called all sorts of names and insulted in a variety of ways, but simply laughed it off and let the water drain down my duck-like back. Alternatively, I’ve punched the living daylights out of the person doing the insulting!
It’s simple, really. Give it and be prepared to take it…and who cares who is right or wrong?
Anyway, if the FA do punish them, as they probably will if only to be seen to be toeing the PC line, I hope Dave, Mario and lots of others simply fire back with some more “inappropriate” behaviour and comments. I’ll be right behind them!
Alan Brazil, meanwhile, queried Leicester manager Nigel Pearson’s passion for the job live on air the other day on his TalkSport radio show: he questioned why Pearson chose to sit high in the stand rather than get involved on the touchline and in the dug-out.
Well, it may have escaped Mr Brazil’s notice, but Pearson was hospitalised not long ago with heart trouble. Maybe he sits up there out of the way so as not to get too excited and bring about a relapse.
Not all managers need to get agitated and worked up as they go about their jobs. Look at Louis Van Gaal. It’s fashionable to knock Manchester United at every opportunity and Louis has even been criticised for being too quiet and studious during games.
Personally, I see nothing wrong in taking the low-key approach – at least it doesn’t get him into too much trouble. It’s also a whole lot better for the heart rate!
And the bottom line, as far as most fans are concerned, is as long as it gets results and you aren’t breaking any laws, what does it matter?