Sunday, June 13, 2010

We Must Work to End the Reign of Terror of the Vuvuzela

Even though I never wrote a blog post about this subject, I have always said that the people who go to outdoor sporting events and blow vuvuzelas are a menace to polite society. Someone finally agrees with me:

South Africa's World Cup organising chief Danny Jordaan may ban vuvuzelas from inside stadiums after complaints from broadcasters and supporters.
The constant sound of the high-pitched horn-like instrument has so far drowned out much of the atmosphere-generating singing usually associated with games.
And Jordaan, when asked if he would get rid of them, told BBC Sport: "If there are grounds to do so, yes.
"We did say that if any land on the pitch in anger we will take action."
France captain Patrice Evra has already blamed the noise generated by the vuvuzelas, which has been likened to the drone of thousands of bees, for his side's poor showing in their opening group game against Uruguay, which finished goalless.
He said: "We can't sleep at night because of the vuvuzelas. People start playing them from 6am.
That's because if you practically give away something that can make a lot of noise, you can't help but expect a bunch of drunken, simple-minded people from blowing them at all hours of the day. It's a little bit like handing a loaded shotgun to a fourth grader. It's not a question as to when the thing will go off--it's a question as to which room in the house will be leveled and blasted within two or three minutes. People blow them to announce that they have just gone to the bathroom. People blow them when they want everyone to know they've just had a water burp. I lived next door to a man who used one to clear the birds from his garden.
They are a deafening, frightful implement of aural torture. They must be banned, stopped, and turned into harmless little funnels or tubes.

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