By Walter Broeckx
Over the years we have seen many names being given to our manager. Abusive words, insults, swearing and shouting. What people say on the streets or in the stadium is their prerogative. We live in a (kind of) free world and can say what we want as long as it isn’t something that can be seen as unlawful.
Needless to say, we usually don’t publish such comments on Untold. If you really feel better if you can insult Wenger we can only advise you to go to websites that allow such things and enjoy the moment. It certainly isn’t my cup of tea. But each his own.
However there is that one word that sometimes does get used on this site by commentators: that Wenger is a dictator.
When such a comment goes on line I must say that it gives me a rather creepy feeling. As far as I know Wenger isn’t a person who locks up people who have a different opinion. As far as I know Wenger doesn’t put his opponents in front of the judge and gets them jailed for their opinions. As far as I know Wenger isn’t ordering his army to bomb civilians. Or use gas against them. Or makes them walk in lines with then thousands in military parades. All things we can see from dictators.
So using that word is in fact highly insulting.
The word “dictator” is used without any evidence being given to back up the claim (as there is none of course) and the use of the word tends to make the correspondent look rather childish – which is why we sometimes don’t mind letting such a comment through, even though it is insulting.
Those who use the comment generally appear a bit like children who have no argument anymore and then just uses the first insult that springs to mind. Of course I know from time to time we all can get carried away in a heated discussion and can call other people names but when this insult is used without that heated discussion it doesn’t bring anything to the website.
Yes I am sure that Wenger has a strong character and a strong willpower. But that is something completely different from being a dictator. If all people with strong characters were dictators then the world would be full of theem.
If we look at the world outside football we see a lot of dictators. Too many countries are suffering from such people. And to compare our misery (in a way of speaking) with the people who genuinely in their daily lives are suffering under real dictators makes my blood boil.
In today’s world where we see all the killing that is going on against those who have the wrong political or religious views, the wrong colour of skin, the wrong colour of eyes, wrong shape of nose, for being disabled, for being sick, …. I think we should be careful when we use words.
Not because I want political correctness to rule but because I find it completely wrong to minimize the suffering of people in today’s world.
Now I have seen people say, “but we don’t really mean the word in that way”. Then, in return, I would say, “why on earth did you say it?” Surely there are other words that can be used when you think that Wenger doesn’t listen to anyone. Use the English language then to really say what you mean.
And it would even be better if you could give some evidence that he doesn’t listen to anyone. You could give evidence in showing you know him in person and that you can give examples of this. I don’t know Wenger in person so I don’t know if he does listen to other people or not.
Or give evidence that he is such a hard man. But as we have seen other people saying that Wenger is too soft on his players I suspect he surely doesn’t really fit the bill for the average real world dictator – some of whom are famous for even killing family members who don’t agree with every word they say.
Dictators are dictators for political reasons. And we have all sorts of them (and of course) far too many of them in the world. So how can we get rid of those political dictators who actually kill people or make sure they get killed if we take away the real meaning of the word by using it for a manager of a football club?
If you google “dictatorships” you will find a very long list of countries where people really are suffering under dictators. The only way I suffer because of Arsenal (and indeed Wenger if you want to see Arsenal and Wenger as the same) is when we lose a football match. Okay, I don’t like it. I hate it. But if that is all I have to feel bad about, how lucky is that? If that is the worst that happens how lucky most of us are!
Today’s world is a bad place to be. Attacks on civilians, people killing each other for no reasons (there is never a reason for me)……now even a bomb attack against the bus of the Borussia Dortmund team…. What has this world become?
And in such a world we feel the need to insult Wenger by calling him a dictator? What’s next? Sue him in Nuremberg?
If you don’t like Wenger, fine that is your choice. If you hate Wenger? Your choice. But please keep some respect and dignity. And if you can’t do that it says more about you than it says anything about Wenger.
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