A little background for those who have been living under a rock these past few days: People attending or confed cup matches watching them on their screen started complaining about the Vuvusela, saying that they are too loud, that they should be banned during the 2010 FIFA world cup, there’s even an on line petition about it! below are the tweets that I made in reaction to this issue (I apologize in advance for not being technologically savvy enough to do that little screen shot thingy bloggers seem to do while blogging about someone else’s tweets)
I made those tweets jokingly but you have to admit, there’s a little truth in them and I’ll discuss them in a little while, just be patient. A day later, Laura hit me up with this thread about the issue.
The argument they present is that the vuvuselas are unpleasant and loud. That they ruin the atmosphere ’cause chanting and dancing are replaced by a non-stop buzzing noise. I understand that the vuvusela is a noisy instrument, I’m not a fan of it either but I don’t have the audacity to tell someone how to be a spectator. The vuvusela is part of the South African soccer experience, that is one of the things that make local soccer unique so it doesn’t sit well with me that it should be banned because tourist find it different from the European model they’ve become used to.
I say this is a lot like colonialism in that visitors come to our country and decide to tell us how to behave in a soccer stadium, they want to impose their standard on us. Tell us that we can’t blow noisy air horns for 90 minutes we have to be more like them, we have to sing the same song over and over again ’cause that’s more civilized and less chaotic. I was pointing this out because the same thing happened during colonialism and it keeps happening now. During colonialism people came here and came across things they weren’t used to, they found an existing culture and system and decided that it doesn’t fit in with them. they decided to do away with most of the already existing culture in place of their own. Decided to teach the natives that the clothing that they are wearing is not civilized, replaced them with western apparel etc. the same thing is still going on to this day, I don’t know if it is the case here but in the states black women are made to believe that they have to attain a western standard of beauty to be successful, so they straighten their hair to get a better chance of landing a job. My sister works at a call centre, there’s an unspoken rule that it’s hard to get if you have an “accent”, some customers have the audacity to speak to a white person when a call centre agent with a non-white accents answers. To avoid this companies are using ”accents” as a criteria. I know none of all this have little to do with the vuvusela issue but what I’m trying to say is that if you’re non-white you have to change yourself in order to fit into a system that is created to keep a certain potion of the population at an advantage. Just because tourists find vuvuselas unpleasant doesn’t mean we have to change the way we support ou team. Buy a vuvusela today and blow it as loud as you can, that’s the way things have been and that is how they should be!
I know that this is incoherent and all over the place, I promise to make a ‘decent” post when I get the time.