Photos of the recent gigs with FaceOmeter and Friends are on the way, and many thanks to the large numbers of people who came and showed their support at both ATN and the Summer Ball! Meanwile, however, I’ve got ranting to do…
The woman on the right (whose untanned bosom you can just see leering out of the side of her england shirt there, nice one) is a moderately succesful former pop star who has married a deteriorating inconsistent really quite good footballer. Her job is now simply to exist, in exchange for which large amounts of money are given to her by the discerning public. I don’t necessarily have a problem with any of this, but when ITV decided to do another news spot about the england WAGs (a term shamlessly purloined from cricket, it’s essential to add) they recently described them as a “trivial distraction” from the “serious business of winning the world cup”.
Ahahaha. Okay, I’ll stop you there:
1) “Trivial Distraction” Look! Look! Right there! You actually just admitted that you were devoting four minutes of your half hour news slot to a TRIVIAL DISTRACTION. Is that what news is for? Are you sure? Right then! I don’t care who they’re married to/humping, this is a story about some WOMEN GOING SHOPPING! On PRIMETIME NEWS!
2) “Serious Business” I’m sorry to harp on about this, but we’re really not talking about serious business here, are we? I mean, yes, Sport is great for entertainment blah blah blah, and GOD knows we could all do with a little distraction from, say, the imminent destruction of everything in gaza again, or britain deliberately flying in the face of the international treaty on nuclear arms…. I’m not saying all the news SHOULD be about these things (though I think you could make a reasonable case for it), simply that if you are talking about the wife of a man who plays a game, you should try not to pass it off as “serious”.
3) “Winning the World Cup” England hasn’t won a world cup since 1966. It won’t win this one [edit: it didn’t win this one]. Why must thousands of large drunken men get so excited about the non-existent prospect that they get themselves locked up in germany for gangraping a bunch of argentinians? The Empire is over; is there really that much naivety left on these green shores? Even if there is, why does this form of naivety produce the bursts of apparently unexpected mob violence that England fans are notoriously more susceptable to than anyone else in the world? WHY WHY WHY WHY
Bearing in mind that I got that rant out of half a sentence from the ITV report, I think it best not to proceed with my thoughts on the media coverage of this football tournament generally, but however prudish I fear to seem it’s important, in defeat as well as victory, to keep things in perspective.