Of course the vuvuzela must stay. We started out this long hard 2010 World Cup journey with the vuvuzela and now why should we dump it because it offends European ears?
It is true, most of the people who are unhappy, freaked, offended, furious – whatever about the vuvuzela are white and are European. The South Africans who complain about it also trend to the paler complexions – and they aren’t real soccer fans.
True South African Football Supporters
Ask the true South African soccer supporters who go to their team’s matches week after week what they think about the vuvuzela … I believe they are the real custodians of soccer in South Africa.
I have watched matches in stadiums, including Bafana Bafana matches and I’ve enjoyed the experience. I watch the matches on television and I simply tune out the buzz of the vuvuz in the background.
One of the advantages we have here in South Africa of living in a multi-cultural society is that we have to learn to live with and respect customs, cultures and traditions of others.
Europe isn’t doing very well at the moment on the human rights front when we think of the right wing swing in the recent Dutch elections, the headscarf issues in France, the Neo Nazis in Germany.
Inability to Accept Differentness
I believe the vuvuzela issue is exactly the same. People with an inability to accept anything that is different- that doesn’t slot into their paradigm.
I have seen the most horrendous blogposts and tweets with racists remarks and hate speech against South Africa and South Africans all because people don’t like vuvuzelas.
Colonial and Patronising Attitude
I also sense a colonial and patronising attitude – like these people from Europe, especially, believe that we still need to do things their way to be acceptable. And they really think that right now while the tournament is underway they will be able to persuade FIFA to ban vuvuzelas from the matches…
Danny Jordaan – Vuvuzela Statement
And now I see that BBC Sport has sort of kind of twisted Danny Jordaan’s words around a bit – he has always said that vuvus would be banned from stadiums if they were used as weapons or landed on the pitch (I’m just hoping agitators don’t take this as an invitation) anyway this statement seem to have been spun into World Cup 2010: South Africa ponders Vuvuzela Ban
I love Vuvuzelas
OK I’ll confess – I love vuvuzelas. I have about 20. All different colours and I enjoy giving them to friends, especially to the children of my friends.
At the moment my best thing it to lean out of my window and blow my vuvuzela. I get two or three or four answering paarps from somewhere in the neigbourhood – and that is just so cool. Ayoba!
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