Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"Havin a Holocaust"

Poor ol Tony Cascarino made a bit of a blunder last weekend whilst commentating during the Arsenal V Manchester United match for Sky Sports. He said that Arsenal defender Armand Traore was "having a holocaust" of a match. Not surprisingly, this hasn't gone down too well and the PC brigade are after his head, especially given that Sky Sports have recently sacked other high profile presenters for making sexist remarks. In defence of Cascarino, a childhood hero of mine, I can confirm from experience in my younger years that to say someone is "having an apocalypse" or "having a holocaust" is fairly common football slang that one might hear in the dressing room to describe a particularly bad performance by a player. Obviously, it was very clumsy of Cascarino to say it on live television. I hope Cascarino does not get picked on too much for this. I certainly hope he doesn't get sacked. Like most footballers, I doubt he is particularly savvy when it comes to historical sensitivities. I personally could never be too angry with him, not after that goal he scored against England in Landsdowne Road during the Euro 92 qualification tournament. Having said that, I would be interested to hear from some Jewish readers of Gubu World about the controversy. Just how offensive were his remarks ? Below is the clip.



6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Im with u all the way Ted, it was just a bit clumsy. The sensitive brigade really just ought to relax. Casco is not a politician, he's a footballer. Its hilarious is all it is - how dumb he was to say it on air- but thats all it is...

eoghan

The System Works said...

A silly non-story in light of the real anti-Semitism that pervades the media in the Islamic world, as well as extremist political movements on the left and right.

Ted Leddy said...

Eoghan & TSW

I agree of course. The real issue is the controversy driven media that will latch onto anything they think they can pass off as a legitimate story about racism or anti semitism. As a result, real bigotry often goes unchallenged.

Anonymous said...

Surely no one has exclusive rights over the word holocaust, do they?

Anonymous said...

I've often heard it said of a team that has not won a trophy in manner years (such as Arsenal or the Dublin football team) that they are going through a "famine". This is a tremendous racist slur upon the Irish people and belittles the terrible catastophe that inflicted that country. Anybody who uses this phrase on air should be fired from their broadcasting job.

Dt said...

He had a Macedonia.