Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Indian Cricketers And The "Monkey" Call

In a sensational conclusion to the 2nd Test match in Sydney between Australia and India recently Harbhajan Singh from India was called before the match referee, Mike Proctor, and was found guilty of racially abusing Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds by calling him a "monkey". Just on its own that doesn't sound like much to get excited about but in Australia's last tour of India the whole crowd at a couple of matches chanted "monkey, monkey" to Symonds. As he has a West Indian ancestry it is deemed to be a racist comment.

Harbhajan was banned for three matches but is appealing the ban. I heard that the Indian players had planned to visit the Bradman Museum in Bowral but in course of their protest they have missed this opportunity. Perhaps they should visit Taronga Zoo in Sydney prior to their departure from the Harbour City to see what a monkey really is.


Tanzeela said...

I thought monkeys are native Indian animals just as kangaroos are to Australia? No?

Hammy said...

Native animals they may be but it is not a term of endearment. Monkey is a derogatory term. Now, if one of the Indians had been called a curry muncher that would have set the cat amongst the pigeons.

Hopefully this will all blow over and the game of cricket can get back to being about a match out in the middle of an oval.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for setting the record straight. We will call you Hammypedia hah a ha ha Annette