The Indo-Australian cricket row rumbles on. Harbhajan (Indian) allegedly called Andrew (black, Australian) a monkey. Ricky (captain, Australia), went and told on Harbhajan. Result? Pure hilarity. Indians take to the street burning effergies, NDTV carries the story incessantly, while the Indian Cricket board (BCCI) gets in a strop over the idea that an Indian could be called racist, and threatens to go home.
Meanwhile, in Australia, Ricky is in trouble for telling on Harbhajan, and is accused of being a ‘dobber’. Gleeful cricket fans now share their recollections of how unpleasant Australian teams have been in the past. If this was not funny enough, an Indo-Australian stepped in to the row with a priceless comment:
“HERE is what the Australian Indian community has to say about Harbhajan Singh’s monkey call to Andrew Symonds:
United Indian Association President Raj Natarajan: -
â€œIt was surprising that the match referee, Mr. Mike Proctor, has taken the view that Harbhajan Singh made racial comments. It is alleged that Harbajan Singh called Andrew Symonds a monkey during an on-field verbal spat at the SCG and this was considered as racist by the match referee.
â€œConsidering that the â€œMonkey Godâ€ is one of the revered idols of Hindu mythology and worshipped by millions, it is surprising it was considered a racist term. Even more surprising is that the word â€œmonkeyâ€ is considered by the match referee serious enough to slap a three match ban on Harbhajan Singh. Many other more unsavoury words exchanged on the field go un-noticed.
â€œThe UIA and its members feel that the Australian team has behaved in an un-sporting manner which has made the second test between India and Australia a poor example of the game.”
When the Australians toured India, their one black player was repeatedly called a monkey by the crowds; obviously they too used ‘monkey’ as a term of enderment.
“Patricia Devlin: “Why are no women allowed to comment here?
You’ve mentioned one being banned, you’ve called a black woman a liar for talking about racism but then no others have been allowed to comment.
Councillor are you a sexist?”
Terry Kelly: “(Patricia Devlin) 30/12/07 – You have just perfectly demonstrated why, itâ€™s because they are thick.”"
In fairness, it sounds like a joke, but the unpleasantness of many of Terry’s posts and comments has turned this into a national issue, as people line up to bash Wendy Alexander’s election agent. To get an idea of Terry Kelly’s thought process, read through any of the posts on his blog.
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