… God damn it.
You take a year and half break from writing stuff and then something happens that just draws you back in. But, with that being said, it’s something that I feel particularly passionate about. And that is our God given right as Australians to get on the piss. There’s also something I’m doing which I never thought I would ever do…
Defend the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs.
God I feel so dirty having said that, but this is something I feel is a right that all footy players should have.
There’s been a LOT of talk about Mad Monday and the very few people out there who are acting like 80 old grannies seem to think it has no place in 2018. That is where you are wrong. But for those of you who are living under a rock here in Australia and have no idea what the hell I’m talking about, let me break it down.
The Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs (Who I hate with a passion, by the way) were snapped by paparazzi hiding away in bushes god knows how far away during their Mad Monday celebrations. These photos contained some players doing some pretty silly things, like dancing around in the nude and throwing up on the sidewalk. They were shit-faced to the max.
The media are saying that it’s an absolute disgrace, they’ve brought the game into damage control, faux outrage ensues. But having been engaged with a few discussions on social media about this, I find myself saying this:
NO ONE GIVES A FUCK!
Seriously. The general consensus on social media is that these lads were entitled to let their hair down and have a bit of fun. And I agree with that 100%. These are men who are on incredibly strict diets, have to wake up at ungodly hours in the morning to train for over 4-5 hours straight, and then spend 80 minutes a week getting slammed at by blokes who are over 100kg. Let them have a bit of fun.
I mean, I’ve been to a couple of corporate parties in my day and let me tell you something… I’ve seen a lot of shit that makes these Mad Monday celebrations look like a trip to fucking Disneyland. People weren’t just getting their kits off, they were doing other things. Things that I can’t really talk about, but let’s just say it was some intense shit.
But what is REALLY ticking me off are the double standards by the media about this sort of thing. Now, full disclosure before I begin… I fucking love public nudity. It’s hilarious to see people making idiots out of themselves and if they’re having fun as well, it’s a win/win for all.
Earlier in the week, before this event, the Penrith Panthers were filming their Fox Sports Promo when Trent Merrin decided to do a nudie run in the middle of filming it. Now this was released by the Panthers’ media team who did Trent the courtesy of censoring what happens when a bloke gets naked in the Riff on a cold night. Fox Sports themselves shared the footage and the overall vibe was that it was a cheeky (hehe, get it) bit of fun. They even showed the footage to the entire Panthers squad and filmed their reactions to it.
I am one of those people who laughed my ass off when I saw that. Mainly because Mezza was one of the amazing blokes who helped my beloved Dragons win the premiership in 2010 &
I will literally cut a bitch to have him back, but whatever.
Before that, the media were posting up articles about which players would have the “dreaded nudie run” at the end of the season for not scoring a single try all season. One could assume that they were actively promoting it.
But the Bulldogs players, at a private event mind you, were snapped up by media vultures without their consent and had those images published for the nation to see.
Don’t get me wrong, I certainly think that this could’ve been handled so much more better than it was by the Doggies. While it was a private event, they should’ve known that if they’re going to get their kit off on a balcony and stand on tables, that someone would’ve seen it. The fact that officials and coaching staff were partying along with them, just shows that this was a bit of a lapse in judgement from their higher ups.
Do I think that this warrants the controversy it does? No. Absolutely not. This is an insignificant issue in the League world when compared to the other drama going on. The Refereeing standards for instance is the BIGGEST controversy that should be addressed. The fact that players who abuse women and physically assault others can still earn 100’s of 1000’s of dollars is something that should be addressed.
But no. We’re talking about a bloke getting his cock out.
And the media are to blame for it. It’s as simple as that. Had they not gone around and taken these photos like vultures, we would’ve been none the wiser. And what really ground my gears was when I was watching NRL Tonight and how they were giving their opinions on the matter.
One of the panelists, Dan Ginnane (who I actually like listening to), said something that I quite frankly disagree with entirely. He blasted the fans who were calling out the media for this sort of invasive reporting, tried to justify it by saying that the most viewed stories were the Bulldogs Mad Monday ones, and then blamed fans for giving the media the incentive to do it.
But there are comments that he said that I do agree with. I agree that players and officials should’ve known that there are people with cameras everywhere and that a little more caution should’ve been had. He even said that in the relative scale of things, this isn’t a big deal in reality.
Well Dan, this is my retort to your statement.
This is only an issue because the media are pushing it to be an issue. We have a final series where for the first time in years, we have no clear-cut winner. We’ve had a season where the teams were so close for top 8 spots, that every game was do or die. And instead of reporting about the amazing season we’ve had, we’re stuck with hearing about how players are getting their cocks grabbed by their mates while dancing drunk.
The media hold the power to either promote or condemn the game. And it’s papers like The Daily Telegraph who are continuously bringing down the game by resorting to gutter-level journalism and having an almost sadistic-like view on the game. We continuously talk about how the game needs to be talked up and how we should be promoting it in a positive light.
So how about instead of promoting Adam Elliot in the nude, you promote all the good work he’s done to become a candidate for the Ken Stephens Medal? How about you talk about the players who give up their personal time to contribute to charities and other events without getting paid to do so? How about you bring some fucking light into this dark place you’re trying to create? You’re consistently biting the hand that feeds you and you’re complaining about the reception you get as a result of it.
The fans have had enough. And in case you haven’t noticed, WE are the ones who hold all the cards, not the media. Because fans are dropping their DT subscriptions like flies and turning to 3rd party outlets who aren’t biased and who don’t have a negative agenda to the NRL.
We’re not idiots, don’t treat us as though we are.
I’m going to end this rant with this:
The fact is this is such an insignificant issue being blown up to gargantuan proportions is a joke. Had Newscorp not sent out people to take photos from the bushes, we wouldn’t of known about this.
It’s a scandal, because the media want it to be a scandal. Simple as that.