Wednesday, August 29, 2007

And The Big Men Creep.

Maybe it's just me, but I do wonder where the hard men of Aussie Rules Football have gone.

These days, if you say the wrong thing to another player you can be accused of racism or harassment.

If you look sideways at the ump, you can be placed on charges for that, too.

Actually, there are a whole list of interesting things the AFL are doing in the name of Respect and Responsibility.

And now, if you're a television station who acquires medical records and other interesting stuff that the police find of interest, you owe the club concerned an apology.

For goodness' sake, guys, as Chopper would say,"Harden the fuck up, Australia!"


The title of this post is a new title for Alan Hopgood's play, And The Big Men Fly, which was a staple in many highschool english classes back in the day.


At 2:42 PM, Blogger Jacob said...

Not when it's someone's private medical records, which were taken from a gutte somewhere and unscrupulously sold to Channel 7. The team concerned had every right to an apology, just like if it were your or my medical records being made public.

At 8:06 PM, Blogger Nilk said...

That's a good point, Jacob, but my issue is with the idea that everyone deserves apologies for any insult real or imagined.

If they have broken the law, let the police deal with that.

I've not followed the ins and outs of the situation, and aren't overly interested in doing so.

The lifestyles of footballers generally don't interest me, but I can't seem to escape news headlines of players crying up a storm for illegal drug use or apologising in an orgy of public repentence.

If there were no impropriety on the part of the players in the first place, there would be no story.

In any case, a forced apology is not genuine remorse, but more like capitulation.

It makes for good theatre, but that's about it.

Let the police find them in breach of privacy laws and hit them with the book.

Then we can see about apologies.


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