The Ship Be Sinking

Mouth Almighty


One major talking point after United-Arsenal seems to be the pedophile chants aimed at Arsene Wenger. It should be said: they’re disgusting, uncalled for, pathetic, and the people who take part in them are total morons who deserve the scorn and opprobrium of their fellows. It should also be said: Arsenal fans sure do love that song about how the Tottenham manager’s mother is a whore, and having that one in the repertoire isn’t exactly a thing to take pride in. Football and society would be a whole hell of a lot nicer if all songs along those lines were stricken, but calling for police action and bans is not only a bad idea, it’s a good bit more dangerous than the chants themselves- invoking the power of the government to regulate speech because someone said something mean is a step down a very ugly road. A case can be made for it when the subject is race given the history of racial violence and group-based oppression, but that’s very much not what we’re talking about. This is just a group of idiots being mean, and if we’re going to ban football fans for that then there’s going to be a whole bunch of empty stadia this season.


August 30, 2009 - Posted by | Other Soccer, The Arsenal

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