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I DETEST racists. But the monstering of the Collingwood fan who shouted at Sydney footballer Adam Goodes is shameful.
She is just a 13-year-old who was at the football with her nan. She wasn't happy.
Collingwood was being thrashed and when the bearded Goodes took another possession in front of her, she shouted "ape".
This is very rude. I wonder at her parents. It's also possibly racist, though she insisted she didn't mean it that way. Whatever, she needed a talking-to.
Goodes heard the abuse, and pointed her out to security. A bit over the top, since she's so young, but Goodes has Aboriginal ancestry and no doubt understandably feels such insults more keenly than I think reasonable.
Still, he's widely admired, has been showered with almost every prize in footy, and was playing in the Indigenous Round honouring players of his background. What should one girl's abuse matter against all that?
Well, to Goodes it was so "shattering" the game itself "means nothing". No one in the TV commentary team, the police or the AFL seems to have dared treat it as any less catastrophic, no doubt for fear of seeming racist themselves.
I suspect the Indigenous Round also encouraged them to see the girl as a white racist caricature instead of just one very young teenager. So security marched her off, without even her Nan for support, as national TV beamed her face around the country.
Police then grilled her for nearly two hours - two hours! - even though she was immediately repentant. Bravely, she offered to apologise personally to Goodes.
Now get this: police then asked Goodes if he wanted to press charges. Press charges? Against a 13-year-old who was clearly sorry and scared for what she'd unthinkingly blurted out?
Are people insane?
Goodes, at least, drew the line at that. But still it wasn't over. Goodes and AFL chief Andrew Demetriou held a media conference next day at which Goodes declared: "Racism has a face. It's a 13-year-old girl."
Seriously? Goodes even said he felt like he was being bullied at school.
Excuse me, but in this confrontation - with Goodes, police, the media, the social media and the AFL on one side, and a 13-year-old girl on the other - it wasn't the girl who seemed the bully.
Perhaps Goodes realised, because he added: "She's 13, she's still so innocent. I don't put any blame on her."
No? Then why this public shaming?
Only later did Goodes take a call from the girl, who told him she was sorry. By then, the TV stations were rowing back a bit.
Replays of the incident belatedly blurred the girl's face, though she's since been named, and Channel 10 interviewed her saying how ashamed she was.
To repeat: This girl is only 13. This bullying of her is a scandal.
heraldsun.com.au 27 May 2013
The corporate media labelled a 13 year old girl who used the word 'ape' as racist.
The word 'ape' is used to describe a persons mental capacity, and has NOTHING to do with race, colour or creed.
The football world is not regarded for its mental prowess, and rightly so, as the Neanderthal sport of kicking a ball around a field does not require complex mathematical or linguistic skills, but rather short grunts that other team members are tuned in to.
Another lie spread by the corporate media.
The corporate media labelled a young New Zealand IT consultant as a 'hacker', when factually he was not 'hacking' into anything.