Further Thoughts on the US Right and the World Cup
It looks like I inadvertently started a fight with my last blog on soccer and America. I honestly didn’t mean to ruffle any feathers, except perhaps amongst the neo-con dingbats with silly theories on the game.
Nevertheless, a quick scan of the comments below the original post will show feathers amply ruffled, so I feel as though I should clarify my points a little. To be clear, the only criticism I was making of anything concerned the ludicrous overreaction from certain commentators on the American Far Right. They were saying daft things.
A lot of the people in the comments, however, especially the aggrieved ones, assumed I was saying things that I wasn’t.
Here are some things I wasn’t saying:
- All Americans hate soccer. They don’t. They have more registered players than any other country: 18m of the blighters, and they’re breeding – all the kids are doing it.
- All Americans should love soccer. I don’t think anyone has to love soccer. Individual Americans are no more obliged to love the game than anyone else, and plenty of people the world over hate it with consuming passion. Honestly, if you’re an American and you want to hate soccer, go for your life. I’m not going to judge you, and there are plenty of good reasons for it – just don’t use the crazy reasons given by our bemsirched rightwingers, because those reasons are dumb, as previously discussed. By all means hate the low scoring, or the fact that draws happen too often or whatever else. Just don’t lazily call it socialist because you hate the French and they’ve been known to kick a ball.
- American sports are bad. I wasn’t having a go at the American sporting way. I quite like some of your games, and the ones I don’t I’m happy to ignore. I’m not saying that any of them is objectively better or worse than soccer. They’re different, and you’re welcome to them. Even if baseball is manifestly inferior to cricket.
- America is bad. I like America. It’s done a lot for us. Its people are nice. I don’t think it’s an evil empire. I do believe that the hard right goes too far, but I don’t despise the place for that.
- America either did or didn’t save our asses in WW1 or WW2. I didn’t mention anything about the war, but for the record, we wouldn’t be speaking German whether you’d helped out or not.
I hope that clears things up. It probably won’t.
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