FA, PFA and moral outrage: how does one quantify the severity of racism? 

A comedian uses the word n*****. This is the big problem? Are we really not giving
any credence to context?

Related Topics

The 2012/13 Premier League campaign has been funny.

Barring the inevitable sideshow of Manchester United winning it again, I’ve had a really good laugh. It has been packed with melodrama, silliness, over-reaction, under-reaction and morons. It has been a season scattered with debris from a clumsily carried out racism trial, a ball-boy kicked (possibly racist somehow), the wrongly accused racism of a referee and what cemented for everyone Luis Suarez as a terrible racist: his attempt to eat a white man. 

People seem either to be wilfully ignoring or just not realising that the incompetence of humourless suits nasally droning about biting or using the word n***** is, when it reaches the point of farce, just very funny. 

To the crescendo, the PFA awards on Sunday night was a disaster for those who crave consistent moral values or people who know what it is they are doing. The comedian Reginald D Hunter, author of such hit Edinburgh Fringe shows as ‘Pride And Prejudice and N****s’ and ‘Trophy N****’, it turns out uses the word n***** in his stand up somewhat frequently. Gobsmacking news!

Gordon Taylor, a pseudonym assumed for the purposes of the role of PFA Chief Executive, originally an MGM cartoon named Droopy, came out and said that no one was offended when he uttered the word, and said Hunter saying the word was unfortunate and nothing to do with him.

A comedian uses the word n*****. This is your big problem? Are we really not giving any credence to context? Are we really thinking that Reginald D Hunter and Ron Atkinson (a moron who famously called a black footballer a ‘Lazy thick n*****’ off-air whilst commentating) are the same?

I know I have been facetious so far, but the random nature of the FA’s morality is so completely worthy of ridicule. It was certainly wrong for John Terry to call Anton Ferdinand a ‘Black C***’; he received a four game ban. Luis Suarez had an exchange with Patrice Evra in which, according to Patrice Evra, he called him ‘negro’ in a way that could be deemed as offensive. He received an eight game ban. Whilst his actions were certainly wrong, how do you quantify that Suarez was twice as bad as John Terry? This is my problem with whole FA and PFA moral outrage nonsense; how does one quantify the severity of racism? 

Luis Suarez, the magician who can make people’s sense of humour disappear, bit Branislav Ivanovic on the arm. Do we think he did that because he had spent all afternoon concocting the best way to upset Branislav Invanovic? No, and this is something that has been mentioned surprisingly few times, Luis Suarez acts mental. If I was getting pizza with my Dad and when he asked for anchovies he found they had none and in reaction bit the waiter on the arm, I would not stop speaking to my Dad. I would say, ‘You just bit our waiter, is everything ok?’

I believe that he is getting very much what his behaviour warrants; the trouble is he is the only one. 

Wayne Rooney kicked out at Montenegrin player Miodrag Dzudovic and the FA deemed the three game ban served to him by UEFA as too severe. It is not as if Rooney did not have previous behavioural complaints; perhaps justification for the length of the Suarez ban. 

And then to complete this farce, Reginald D Hunter visits the FA, brandishing the word ‘n*****’. How wonderful and perfect to have a brilliant comedian show them what they fear most.

It is a word; you judge intent not content and the intent of the FA seems to be to protect some and punish others. Reginald D Hunter’s life and tour will continue with great success, especially after this (I imagine his PR team are in a frenzy of glee) while the FA, unless they shift their morals into line and quickly, will be the tasteless joke that really sticks in everyone’s mind.

React Now

  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant - Dublin

£13676.46 - £16411.61 per annum + OTE: SThree: SThree Trainee Recruitment Cons...

Ashdown Group: Marketing or Business Graduate Opportunity - Norwich - £22,000

£18000 - £22000 per annum + training: Ashdown Group: Business and Marketing Gr...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

£20000 - £25000 per annum + Commission: SThree: Are you great at building rela...

Ashdown Group: Database Analyst - Birmingham - £22,000 plus benefits

£20000 - £22000 per annum + excellent benefits: Ashdown Group: Application Sup...

Day In a Page

Read Next
Labour leader Ed Miliband unveils Labour's pledges carved into a stone plinth in Hastings  

Election 2015: Smash two-party system! Smash the voting system!

Armando Iannucci
Tactical voting is a necessary evil of the current first-past-the-post system, where voters vote against what they do not want rather than in favour of what they do  

Election 2015: Voting tactically has become more fraught in the new political order

Michael Ashcroft
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

Flesh in Venice

Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
11 best anti-ageing day creams

11 best anti-ageing day creams

Slow down the ageing process with one of these high-performance, hardworking anti-agers
Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1: Five things we learnt, including Iker Casillas is past it and Carlos Tevez remains effective

Juventus vs Real Madrid

Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants
Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power