Feed the monkey

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?

On the left is a picture of young (22yrs) Andros Townsend.

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.



8 thoughts on “Feed the monkey”

  1. G’morgen, Soutie! My reaction was to wonder if Woy would have told the same ‘joke’ if the spritely young lad had been pristine white. If so, fine; if not, why not?

  2. Môre Jay

    Who knows?

    Although I suppose most of us have called our children “little monkeys” more than once. I like Hodgson, I have no doubt that he meant no offence perhaps the jury will rest on “inappropriate”

    It was, lets face it a harmless, funny and popular joke in it’s day.

  3. Here it is!

    A man walked into his back yard one morning and found a gorilla in a tree. He called a gorilla-removal service, and soon a serviceman arrived with a stick, a Chihuahua, a pair of handcuffs and a shotgun.

    “Now listen carefully,” he told the homeowner. “I’m going to climb the tree and poke the gorilla with the stick until he falls to the ground. The trained Chihuahua will then go right for his, uh, sensitive area, and when the gorilla instinctively crosses his hands in front to protect himself, you slap on the handcuffs.”

    “Got it”, the homeowner replied. “But what’s the shotgun for?”

    “If I fall out of the tree before the gorilla”, the man said, “shoot the Chihuahua.”

  4. Just another example of the politically correct lunacy that has ruined the Western world.

  5. Totally beyond comprehension.
    How do people manage to find ‘inappropriate’ claptrap in so much?
    The whole Western world appears to be obsessed with their own arseholes!

  6. I suspect many still live in the 1970s and cannot get past that, at least not if they want their sinecures to survive. This sort of mentality has to be kept going if those who profit from it are to be kept in power. If people moved on they would have to find an honest job.

  7. Morning all

    I told Jay’s chihuahua joke twice yesterday, got a great reaction both times 🙂

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