Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Well FIFA has decided not to ban the Vuvazela.. despite the majority of the planet thinking its annoying.. and the players saying they can't concentrate or communicate on the field.. or the fact that it broadcasts sound at over 140 decibels and has been linked to permanent hearing loss.. or the fact that international broadcasters like ESPN and the BBC are complaining that their announcers cannot be heard over the drone.. none of that matters apparently...

Essentially.. South Africa pulled the race card.. crying that to ban the horn would be forcing " European culture on Africa " and FIFA not wanting to deal with the negative publicity of that.. would rather just anger their financial backers and the people who are broadcasting the game..

They've decided none of this matters because this 1$, less than 20 year old gimmick is " Integral to the culture of south Africa ".. South Africa's advice to the rest of the world is "Get used to it!, neener neener we get to be obnoxious douchebags and theirs not a thing you can do about it!" and that we should all just watch the games with the sound off if we don't want to experience their culture.

I personally hope that FIFA and the OLYMPIC Committee make note of this, and abstain from allowing any more African countries to host any sort of internationally broadcast games.. I also hope that organizations such as Barclay's take note and ban the horns in their own stadiums.. after all it's not English or Australian or American culture to have the horns.. so shove them up your backside.


Gabriele C. said...

Looks like so far the Germans deal best with that nuisance - they're the only team (besides maybe Argentina) that played well so far. And two out of the three TV channels that show the WC here reduce the official sound to a minimun so our commenters can be heard well. We can do without the loudspeaker announcements and the national anthems just fine.

Lagomorph Rex said...

ESPN just announced they've put in some filters to try and tamp down the drone a bit. so long as I can hear the announcers without getting a migraine I'll be content. the people who are in attendance can follow the game Alright I guess.. but I'm kind of dependent on the announcers to tell me whats what as I'm kind of new to the whole thing.

Gabriele C. said...

We have our own comments anyway - it would do no good to show something with announcements in English or Afrikaans or whatever they speak over there.

But yes, I do have the advantage of knowing more about soccer than most women. I played it as a girl (in a boys team: there were no female soccer teams in the 70ies).

BTW, I've seldom seen the Brasilians play so pedestrian. I can see why their coach wants "less magic, more results," but that match is just no fun to watch.