Alan Pardew & Ill-Advised Rape Comments

Last night, viewers of the BBC2 programme “Match Of The Day 2” (which, like most sequels, largely fails to capture the excitement of the original) were somewhat surprised to hear a comment made by the former West Ham United and Charlton Athletic manager Alan Pardew which likened a tackle by Michael Essien to (a?) rape. In this day and age, any comment that transgresses a dividing line between what is considered to be acceptable and what isn’t. The BBC reportedly fielded thirty-five complaints on the subject last night, although whether that number has been swollen after press reports on the the story today hasn’t been confirmed by the BBC yet. So, is this an example of (so help me God) “Political Correctness Gone Made”? Well, no, not really. Rape is obviously a pretty horrific concept, and there is an exceptionally strong case to be made for saying that Pardew should have thought through what he said prior to saying it. There is a case for saying that he was merely expressing the language of the changing room in a television studio, but anyone that has spent any time in football dressing rooms will be able to confirm that there are many other things that are said in them that should never be said in front of television cameras. It was a stupid thing to say, and that should probably...

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