“The people that once bestowed commands, consulships, legions, and all else, now concerns itself no more, and longs eagerly for just two things – bread and circuses!” – Juvenal
I recently posted this deep bit of wisdom on a social media site, “There’s no way an old, fat person (Tennis-player-you-know-who) could defeat a young fit and slim person (other chick) in an extremely physically demanding professional sport.”
The comments and remarks I received were quite bewildering.
I’ve since discovered that if you combine “Celebrity Worship Mental Disorder” (CWMD) with Advanced Political Correctness (APC) the result is something like Tourette’s Syndrome, as the comments and remarks I got were mostly unprintable in mixed (doubles) company.
Mine was dubbed “Hate Speech” by a few.
At any rate, I have little interest in any professional sports, or the new American sport of professional race-baiting, so I believe that I am quite objective when it comes to this particular subject. I’m referring of course, to the recent ‘kerfuffle’ about “the” (fill in name here) tennis match. Schizophrenic in Japan... Best Price: $0.50 Buy New $2.40 (as of 11:20 EDT - Details)
I found the reactions of many Americans and many Japanese to be childish, amusing and well, frankly speaking, baffling.
Let me briefly explain.
I don’t give a toss about celebrity culture, sports, politics, ‘religion.’ I don’t own a TV. I am blissfuly oblivious to the Soup Du Jour that the mass media is peddling on any given day. When it came to this particular tennis match, I didn’t even know about it. It was on the TV at the radio station I work at, and the Japanese staff were watching it. It seemed they actually cared who won!
Well, folks, this girl I had never heard of had won. Naomi Osaka had beaten Serena Williams, a name I was familiar with. I hadn’t seen or heard of Serena Williams for perhaps 10 years and didn’t even know she was still playing tennis. (When I kept over-hearing the name “Osaka,” at first I thought people were talking about the city of Osaka and the typhoon that recently hit.)
When the tennis match results came in, it seemed like many Japanese people were proud of an achievement that they had absolutely nothing to do with.
I’d find out a few days later that Naomi Osaka is half Japanese… Like me.
I hadn’t seen photos of Serena Williams in at least ten years! Now, she is huge. Is she fat? In photos, it looks like fat lines on her neck (I know what fat lines look like, I have them too). Serena looked twice the size she was when I had last seen her. I then realized that the girl standing next to her in the photo was Naomi Osaka… But she sure didn’t look Japanese to me!
I hear that Naomi Osaka was born in Japan but moved out when she was three. So she can hardly speak Japanese at all (and is now being mimicked in Japan for her poor Japanese.)
I have no problem with someone like Arnold Schwarzenegger (or me) being made fun of because of our accents. In my case, I intentionally keep my accent (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!) It’s a selling point… But I don’t know about Japanese people making fun of Naomi Osaka for her poor Japanese. She’s just some female tennis player who moved to the USA when she was 3. Of course, her Japanese is terrible. Mine is too and I’ve lived here for more than 35 years!
But I digress.
It strikes me as odd that Japanese people would take pride in a game won by someone who would not normally be considered “Japanese” by the Japanese. She’s a half Japanese that lives in the USA, so she’s basically a “Gaijin” (foreigner).
This just goes to show, once again, that actually caring about pro sports is for people who are, well, let’s just say they are not ‘rocket scientist material.’ It also shows how the mass media intentionally use controversy – and Nationalism – to sell their product.
Here is a good example of how hypocritical the Japanese are in this case. In Japan, people like me or Naomi Osaka will never be considered “Japanese” because of our looks and poor Japanese speaking.
But in the Japanese national sport, Sumo, all the top champions are foreigners. Get this, these guys move to Japan, study their butts off in Japanese class, live, eat and train in the exclusively Japanese sport, speak impeccable Japanese, get Japanese passports, and yet they are considered “Foreigners.” Naomi Osaka, on the other hand, lives in the USA, has a foreign father, can’t speak Japanese well at all, and, suddenly she hit a few balls over a net, wins a game, and she becomes the symbol of Japan! 1984 (Signet Classics) Best Price: $1.99 Buy New $4.22 (as of 07:20 EDT - Details)
If that isn’t hypocritical, then I don’t know what to say.
But do not think my distaste is reserved just for some Japanese people. Americans are just as bad, if not worse. It seems that there are some people who inexplicably blame sexism for Serena Williams losing (to Naomi Osaka, another female). Some have even gone as far as to claim that this entire fracas is due to the ever-popular excuse for “poor performance”: Racism.
But I know why Naomi Osaka won! It has nothing to do with Sexism, Racism, or Nationalism. Absolutely nothing. It’s elementary…One is overweight and at 36 is past their prime in a very physically demanding sport. The other is fit and trim and in the peak of their health.
That’s it. It’s simple.
“There’s no way an old fat person could defeat a healthy, slim and trim young person in any physically demanding sport.”
This is a fact of life that everyone knows to be true, but seen through the distorted lens of “Sexism, Racism, or Nationalism” what I said amounts to blasphemy.
This entire episode and people being unwilling to admit what we all know is true, is really about mass media brainwashing: absurd nationalism in sport and political correctness in the public at large. There is a larger Game being played among the People of the Western World to go along with the Bread and Circuses: “Divide and Conquer”.
This won’t end well.
“The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.” – George Orwell
– Thanks to Doug Hammond for the editing.