Thursday, June 22, 2006

World Cup Wusses

No, I'm not talking about the US national team and they're sad performances. I'm talking about those who are criticizing this Nike poster.

The critics cite three offences:

It's too war like (aggresive)
If we have learned anything about football in the last few years, it should be that it doesn't need big business trying to inject even more aggression into the mix.

It's too reminiscent of the crusades
The other aspect of it is the aggression contained in it, bound up with the flag of St George, which you might see as a throwback to the Crusades, which is hardly going to go down well with Muslim countries. It's offensive on several different levels.
What this critic fails to mention is that the flag of St George is the national flag of England, or that it is part of the TEAM UNIFORMS.

It's too Christlike
It therefore brings to mind the crucifixion to many people, and why Nike would want to do that, I haven't a clue, unless it is simply as a publicity stunt.
Again, nevermind the fact that this is how Rooney celebrates when he scores


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