By Gerardo Granados
After the newly crowned Heavyweight Champion of the World Tyson Fury expressed his brief opinion on homosexuality, pedophilia, and women ideal duties at home all hell broke loose as the reader already must know. He was severely criticized at the United Kingdom by at least two journalists who gave totally biased rants against him; a group of people organized to ask he was removed from a list and surprisingly to me it was reported that the police was considering bringing him in to question him on supposed hate crimes.
I think that the fellow UK fight fans use this expression in situations like this one “it is bollocks!” but this issue goes beyond boxing and deep into our society.
For me, this nonsense must have been instigated due to other reason not related to Pro Boxing at all and real fight fans know very well that prize fighters have said much worse things than Fury´s statements and no one ever paid any attention to them. If you expect highly educated, polite and politically correct comments go look for Jockey players but don’t be surprised if they agree with Fury´s statements.
When Fury got stripped from his IBF title it was no surprise for me, but it did how fast the IBF moved to strip him. Now they have ordered a fight between Vyacheslav Glazkov and Charles Martin to fight for the vacant paper belt and maybe only casuals will believe that the winner can be considered as a genuine Champion. Fury threw the IBF belt into a bin and I wonder if he should do the same with the criticism.
Part of the media covering the story have been too critical and I would dare to say even aggressive against his statements but isn’t Fury a gypsy and is entitled to have his own cultural background, traditions and point of view.
I was talking about this issue with a friend who is way younger than I and he was outraged by according to him Fury´s sexist comments. Although I see no reason to be outraged, it’s clear young fellas have different civil and moral values than 20 years ago. What worries me the most is that many young fellas don’t know basic stuff they should and are easily influenced by what the major media dictates to be the trending truth or moral and civil values. Also, those youngsters forget that more than half of population is integrated by adults that don’t necessarily agree with them.
The first amendment guarantees free speech, be it you like it or not it is imperative to allow people freely to express his own opinion without any restriction because it is a basic right for the citizens and helps society to avoid turning into a dictatorship.
Fury has made history not only by dethroning Wladimir Klitschko but also by his statements which by the way I don’t see anything wrong in them. Maybe now more than a single reader feels offended because of my last statement but you better remember that the tolerance you demand is proportional to the tolerance that I give. We the fight fans are all entitled to our own opinion and cannot expect that the rest of the world to think the same way.
I don’t think Fury or the readers can be forced to be politically correct because we are free to learn and to think by our self, also, why should a minority dictate what is politically correct? Maybe now most citizens think being too liberal is cool but by doing so and by being intolerant to other opinions they only pretend to be the truth bearers without any real reason.
I believe all this criticism has very little to no relation to boxing and also that Fury cannot be forced to be politically correct. But do the readers agree?
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