Alan Pardew & Ill-Advised Rape Comments


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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3 Responses

  1. The Spelling Police says:

    “Political Correctness Gone Made” … ”Made”??!! – Thats just mad!!

  2. Joe says:

    It’s extremely clumsy, at best.

    I know you’ve written a lot about commentary and commentators on here in the past. Would you say that the whole art has become more mired in platitude these days? As far as I can see, Pardew’s gaffe seems to be typical of pundits’ tendency to recycle an emphatic-sounding word they heard earlier in the day without stopping to consider what it means.

    While we’re on the subject – well, vaguely – is there any chance of a post on the abuse of the present perfect tense by pundits? ‘He’s gone in with his leg raised’/ ‘He has argued with the referee’ etc? Of the British managers I can think of, I’m sure only Ferguson and the relatively intelligentsia-like figures of O’Neill and Coppell don’t do it.

  3. Gervillian Swike says:

    I think it was a truly awful thing to say. The issue for me is that it betrays in Pardew a general tendency – for he surely can’t have planned Match of the Day 2 to be the first time he’d ever use the word in this way – to trivialise its true meaning by using it in everyday speech. This isn’t like the word “kill” or “murder” or “hammer” or “annihilate”; it’s a highly emotive word used to describe a pretty horrific action, and one of which most people have a perception of being horrific. So to bring it into your everyday language to describe a dodgy tackle – well, I think it says something about the man himself. And at the very least that thing is “he’s not suited to punditry and shouldn’t darken a sofa on TV again”.

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