Because I live in Wisconsin where football – or at least Packers – is a state religion, I’ve been poking around the edges of the thing because I don’t get it, and I’m absolutely sure it’s not because I mind beer, yelling, processed foods and funny hats. Beer + yelling + processed foods + funny hats are my idea of a good time, generally speaking.
I came across this sentence the other day. at change.org:
The trafficking of children for sale at the Super Bowl is well documented.
And I was honestly flabbergasted: not surprised, because where men with money gather, children are sold for sexual pleasure. Still, it’s sickening. So many people watch and play football because it’s fun — shoot, even I go to Super Bowl parties! What a way to mess up an otherwise (mostly) harmless sports event.
I’m impressed with the “I’m Not Buying It” campaign, especially the one by Jay Ratliff, which is spare and direct and forceful. Then, too, there’s Troy Dooly:
(and he even pointed out that trans, gay, & lesbian kids get it worse than their straight peers! I am now a fan of Troy Dooly’s.)
It’s sad that sports – which otherwise teaches people cool things, like how to lose graciously, and more importantly, how to win graciously – should be used in such fucked up ways.
(Okay, I admit it: for the sake of the mood here in Appleton, I actually am hoping the Packers win. It’s good for the local economy, & I really don’t want everyone I know to be in a shite mood on Monday.)