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2007/08/13

SB, tmd, I just. don't. get it...

ESWN has put together some interesting sites on the whole 京骂 "controversy". I'm sorry, I just don't get it...Swearing is part of being a passionate sports fan, I know its not the most cultured, but the sports stadium, despite the odes about soccer being like art, is a battle and people are sure to get angry when in a battle. In my days as a Chicago Fire supporter amongst their most rabid fans, there used to be a chant we would sing that would end "kiss our ass and fuck off home." Okay, granted its not the most mature, but its terrace humor, it was written to a famous children's song and it worked, it was kind of funny and it was profane, everything a classic chant should have. It wasn't like the whole stadium got up and started screaming "FUCK" and its not like that with the catcalls of SB at Guoan matches. Sure, a few guys in a section or maybe even a group of 10 might start screaming out SB, but, so what, you are at a soccer match, its like a rated R movie, you have to expect that kind of environment and decide if its appropriate for you (and your child) or not. A connection between "cursing" and hooliganism? You're having a laugh!

I want Beijing to be a cultured city, I want the city to leave a good impression on all foreign (and fellow Chinese) who come to visit it, however I could care less about a few hundred or even a few thousand people showing passion at a soccer game by yelling SB. This is not a bad thing and doesn't reflect badly on the city, it just shows we have the best, most passionate fans in China. Once again, by making such a big deal out of something so minor, its causing unnecessary negative attention to be focused on the city. Wholly embrace the 京骂 and make Fengtai Stadium an unwelcomed place for visitors. I even like the idea of a "Welcome to Hell" banner if you can really create an atmosphere worthy of that monicker. It's a lot better than Workers Stadium's overly polite "工体欢迎您!", SB, I always wished that could set a little more fear in the heart's of opponents....

2 comments:

Té la mà Maria - Reus said...

very good blog congratulations
regard from Catalonia Spain

Mark said...

Maybe China just hasn't caught the rabid sports fever that has consumed most Western countries. In the West, where aggression and conflict seem to be integral parts of the culture, sports is a good cathartic release for the public, but I don't think China has the same need. Hell, they just blow stuff up in the streets without warning anyone.