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Boo Who?

17 January 2014, 10:15
Another impressive dismount by Zoom Zoom, this time on the booing debacle, he said "booing is a part of self expression." Ignoring what was being expressed and replacing it by the observation that people were expressing themselves, is Yoda consulting for the presidency? 

All the same, stellar points for making it sound like he had nothing to do with the affair. Like a national scale 'who made that fart' joke. The above mentioned quote is why he's the boss. He wangled getting booed into an affirmation for democratic expression. 

I'm not sure he could have responded much differently. Perhaps, "yeah that really upset me, I better get my shit together", would have been nice but enough with the wishful thinking.

His obliviousness is brilliant, by not rewarding the behaviour he's left it decidedly more impotent. The equivalent of being blanked. If he had said nothing the ball would still be in his court, now he's done more than return it, he's refused to acknowledge it. By doing so he closes down the agitation before it can take another breath. Ruthless.Like those parents who watch unflinchingly as their children kick and scream belly down in the supermarket. 

I imagine most would have tried to deal with the situation more squarely, and by doing so validate & encourage more public hissing, perhaps a bodily function or two. If there's one thing my president knows it's how to get out of shit. 

The timing was both brilliant and macabre, the event was a celebration of greatness, mildly tarred by unfocused displeasure, but it was also a potent window to make a statement. What that statement was remains a little confusing, there's no real precedent for activism at funerals, but that restlessness manifested so cheekily is a decidedly good thing. There's also no denying the embarrassment of having a sizable chunk of a stadium filled with Madiba supporters boo you while the world is watching.

This participatory democratic process of ours is wide open for such creative agitation and though booing at a stadium might not be the most original, it's a start. I look forward to a year of more such stolen moments. Kakness in the upper echelon has one redeeming feature, solidarity. 

That's what I can take from that experience, we have tremendous cohesion and we can be heard. Bravo South Africa, keep it up.
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