Nasa decided they’d finally send a man up in a capsule after sending only monkeys in the earlier missions. They fire the man and the monkey into space. The intercom crackles, ‘Monkey, fire the retros.’ A little later, ‘Monkey, check the solid fuel supply.’
Later still, ‘Monkey, check the life support systems for the man’.
“The astronaut takes umbrage and radios Nasa, ‘When do I get to do something?’
“Nasa replies, ‘In 15 minutes – feed the monkey’.
This then was part of Roy Hodgson’s (the England football manager) half time team talk last Tuesday night,
It’s been labelled racist by some, inappropriate, innocent, harmless, generational (gap) by others.
So, what was the context?
He was having a very good first half, terrorising the Poland defence with his pace and his contibution certainly helped England to enjoy the half time break leading the tie one – nil.
Hodgson’s joke was apparently an instruction to the England defenders and midfield to pass the ball to Townsend more often, it was plain for all to see that young Townsend was a threat and quite obviously Hodgson wanted the young winger to see more of the ball.
As you can see, young Andros is of ‘mixed race’ having a Jamaican father and Cypriot mother, he was born would you believe in the same hospital as David Beckham!
My initial reaction on reading Wednesday’s news reports of the half time team talk was ha ha ha, so what, more PC complaints and madness that we’ve come to expect from the U.K. and laughed at / ridiculed so often.
But then I got thinking about our very own up and coming superstar Sergeal Petersen, the 18 year old winger who made his super rugby debut for the Southern Kings at just 18 years of age.
If a spectator sat next to me started hollaring for perhaps the ball to be passed to our flying winger by shouting ‘feed the monkey’ I’d tell him to shut up or I’d throw him out of the stadium, my mates agree, I have no doubt that an exchange of this sort would never happen but hypothetically I’d be very angry.
So, my question is, am I over-reacting? Does the context of the comment override any perceived prejudice?
Andros Townsend by the way has publicly stated that he took no offence.