Saturday, February 2, 2008

My rant

As Dave Hughes said on the Glass House, I'm angry. Thanks to Straight Point for directing me here.

I don't even know where to start. How dare someone throw an egg in someone's face. It's more than just unacceptable, it's utterly degrading and derogatory. Maybe I'm naive, but I just don't understand what would possess someone to do this. Who do they think they are and what gives them the right to treat someone so maliciously?

Whoever did this should be publicly named and shamed. Although after the debacle with Corey Delaney, such shaming might actually turn into celebration, which is sickening. However they should be banned for life from all sporting events, be prosecuted, and be made to apologise publicly to Murali. At the very least.

Only last night I was beaming with pride at being an Aussie, this makes me ashamed. There are some feral people in the world, and a fair portion of them live here. There are people in this country who are an embarrassment to the rest of us (they are probably from the families of people who voted 'no' in the 1967 referendum). These morons ruin things for everyone, and worst of all they do it in the name of being Australian. I'll spare you all a history of racism in this country, but our past is wrought with it.

It's no wonder we're getting (already have?) a reputation for being a bunch of rednecks. If there's anyone out there who wonders if we're all like this, we aren't. But unfortunately, there are a growing number of people who behave in this manner, and a growing culture of racial intolerance. I find it inexplicable. And it's not good enough.

12 comments:

yatharth said...

I know what you mean. In fact, a couple of days back I saw this line on one of your blog posts: "That's a 10/10 on the un-Australian scale people, we don't stoop to their level." Now, I'm Indian and was beginning to bristle somewhat and about to retort in a comment, but then clicked on the link to the picture of fans in Mumbai conducting themselves disgracefully. And I felt ashamed and wasn't sure what to say.

All I can say it's important to resist the temptation to make invalid generalizations and remember that the bad apples are almost always in the minority. As you put it at the end of your post, we're not all like that.

Miss Field said...

Yeah, my 'don't' was more of an admonishment, and well, no one listens to me! I think 'don't' should have been 'shouldn't'. It was a rather presumptious, hopeful 'don't'.

It's basic wrong and right stuff though. This sort of behaviour, no matter where you're from, don't do it.

I'm not Vaughny said...

Just to add some balance:

http://www.colombopage.com/archive_08/February2151708JV.html

Were they really Aussie cricket fans or just local yobs bored silly in Hobart?

Was Murali targetted?

Did he get hit in the face?

Miss Field said...

That's interesting, the two stories conflict. I wonder which story is accurate. I haven't heard anything from any major news sources, so either way they're trying to sweep it under the rug.

not vaughny said...

http://content-www.cricinfo.com/baggygreen/content/story/334673.html

I don't really trust crapinfo.com but I would trust sensationalist Indian web tabloids less.

Miss Field said...

I do find it difficult to believe that an attack like that would be a coincidence.

Why don't you like cricinfo?

not vaughny said...

Mainly because of their bloggers. Thankfully there isn't an Aussie willing to embarrass him or herself in the manner the others do.

Whether or not the attack was targeted is one thing but a simple issue of whether he was hit in the face is another.

I've been victim of random abuse from cars and eggs, so I wouldn't be suprised either way.

Miss Field said...

Egging is so mind-bogglingly pointless. Such a waste of eggs for one thing.

Anyway, welcome to my blog, and thanks for commenting.

Uncle J rod said...

Someone through a egg at me in Carlton recently, i just assumed it was a fan of my blog, got me on the feet, had to go on the tram with sticky feet.

Tony said...

Egging is a national pastime.

I had an egg thrown at my car last year. It missed, which is unStrayan.

Straight Point said...

could not agree more with you on your rants...and BTW, thanks for blog rolling me...

Miss Field said...

No worries Straight Point, thank you as well.

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