Get a Haircut, Andrew
A lot has been said, written, discussed and debated about the so called racist remarks made by the crowds at Vadodra and Mumbai against Andrew Symonds. All this talk about Indians being racist is pure bull crap. Why would Indian’s use the word monkey if they wanted to be racist or insult someone?
But The Australian has an explanation to this:
Indians claim that monkey chanting is unknown as a racist slur in this country. But it’s commonly used in Europe and even Australia, where black English bowler Gladstone Small was once thrown a banana.
Soccer crowds are notorious for monkey chants to black players. Last year, Leipzig’s Nigerian midfielder Adebowale Ogungbure was called nigger and ape and subjected to monkey noises in Germany. It happened in April in Slovakia. It happens in Spain, Scotland, everywhere, apparently, but India. Rich and even lower middle-class Indians would know this. English soccer is a staple on television here. [My emphasis]
See, this is what happens when you speculate about people about whom you don’t know anything. With all due respects to Adebowale Ogungbure, how many Indians have ever heard of him? Middle-class Indians watching European Football so eagerly that they know about all the racist talk that happens in Europe? Woha!
Earlier, I asked fellow blogger Ottayan and he said that he too got a similar explanation. I am sure more than half of the crowd present at Mumbai and Vadodra had skin colour darker than Symonds’. Further, how many Indians know that Andrew Symonds has a ‘black’ lineage? Let’s dig deeper into it, how many West Indians have complained about such ‘monkey chants’ from Indians? I think you get what I am saying.
Therefore, it has led me to conclude that the only possible rational explanation to these monkey chants lies somewhere else. Something that the media–in Australia and India–has totally missed in its hurry to earn some TRP. Andrew Symonds’ haircut.
For all the pain and suffering that Symonds has been through at the hands of the Indian crowds there’s but one solution, get a haircut, Andrew! I can say this because I too had long hair till not so long ago. When I finally cut them short, people around me welcomed me back saying stuff like, “welcome back to the human kind”…you look a lot civilised now. Read more about it here.