📑 Would an AFL ‘Boo Ban’ stop punters jeering the likes of Gary Ablett and Scott Pendlebury?

Bookmarked Would an AFL ‘Boo Ban’ stop punters jeering the likes of Gary Ablett and Scott Pendlebury? (ABC News)

The AFL is considering implementing a Boo Ban which, given the game’s recent history, comes across as absurd, writes Richard Hinds.

I find this interesting. Although I do not boo and never have, I think that it is a part of who we are. It reminds me of the Two Minutes of Hate in Orwell’s 1984:

The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretence was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one’s will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic. And yet the rage that one felt was an abstract, undirected emotion which could be switched from one object to another like the flame of a blowlamp.

If it is not sport, then it will be something else. Banning misses the bigger picture in my opinion.

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