Why ban the vuvuzela?

Why is everyone on the TV and radio talking about banning the vuvuzela, the plastic trumpet played by so many South Africans at the world cup football games that the crowd takes on the noise of a swarm of bees?

Callers to BBC radio 5 live today explained how they ‘don’t like the noise’ or ask ‘why don’t the fans sing songs like we do’?

Isn’t one of the aims of the FIFA World Cup to bring together fans from all nations and cultures and to remind them all that despite their differences, they all have a shared love of the same game? English fans sing songs about the team usually based on familiar tunes, but they have the huge advantage of a single language.

South African fans are in a country where 11 languages enjoy equal status and English is only the 5th most commonly used language. How can they create puns that would be enjoyed by the entire stadium?

And moving beyond the practicalities of language, has anyone considered just how colonial this debate sounds? If South African fans love to blow these trumpets at football matches, then why not join in, rather than preaching to them how fans are supposed to behave?

I hope FIFA doesn’t ban instruments before the Brazil world cup 2014. Everyone knows how much the Brazilians love to play music at matches, so a ban just because of disgruntled Europeans upset at Africans blowing trumpets would be a disaster.

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10 responses to “Why ban the vuvuzela?

  1. I totally agree with you Mark.

    I think there is more of an argument to ban the racist chants that we hear at the majority of UK stadiums.

    The vuvuzela is part of a vibrant and friendly culture. Sure, on TV it sounds like a swarm of bees attacking the World Cup commentators, but it would be an outrage to ban them.

    There are plenty of other things that should be scrutinized first, like including Emile Heskey in the England sqaud 😉

    • It’s true – there are a lot of intelligent chants that are truly inspired, but so many are just blunt and racist. How on earth we think we can tell the Africans how to behave is nuts. And the next world cup is in Brazil… they use the vuvuzela PLUS drums…!

  2. Firstly, you’ve never been to a football match, then?

    The atmosphere’s in the details: in the reactions to every mistake from the referee, close saves, close misses, goals. This is the same for Brazilians, for Mexicans, for Argentinians, for Italians.

    With the vuvuzela there’s absolutely no difference. The noise doesn’t change. Goal, save, error, terrible injustice, karma rewarded. Nah. The crowd are denied their role in commenting and affecting the action.

    It’s not as if the vuvuzela has a long history in South African sport, anyway. South Africa’s always had a gorgeous singing culture.

    Vuvuzelas are frigging horrible, in the same way that the England band is frigging horrible.

    • Sure, I have been to games and I realise the vuvuzela has only about a decade of history, but it’s popular at the present time in RSA. I’m not suggesting that it makes a nice sound or that it helps the crowd feel involved in a way that singing doesn’t, but I think it’s objectionable to see fans from one continent tell others how to behave…

  3. Carl Stadler

    Fans and teams are just lining up the excuses for the poor performances and the vuvuzela may well be the scapegoat!
    It drowns out the commentators inane dribble so that’s got to be a plus.

    Would like to hear the Brazilian samba music when Brazil play but we may well have to wait for next world cup as the vuvuzela is number 11 on the volume dial 🙂

  4. If you dont like our vuvuzela then dont watch the soccer world cup and dont go to any of the matches that will be played at our beautiful staduims. Simple.

    You should embrace our country and everything that makes it, vuvuzela and all.

    Sore lossers always complain. 🙂

  5. Yes I am commenting on the people that dont like it. I am clueless when it comes to soccer but even I am supporting my country and the vuvuzela.

    Well i guess if they dont like the vuvu there is always table mountain, the big 5, our winelands, our beaches, us beautiful women, our always hello howzit attitude, our lilarious comedy and on and on and on.

    Like Wilma Jetson wud say : soccer for the gees and the boys.

  6. Now it has started and it’s a bug, there are a couple of petitions online to ban the vuvuzela from the World Cup. Here’s one:
    http://www.petitiononline.com/2010WC/petition.html

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