Horn Of Evil: South Africa Considers Banning Vuvuzelas Following Series Of Attacks
Vuvzuelas are back in the news, as you knew they would be. First coming to wide attention during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the vuvuzela (or, Satan's Penis, its original Tswana name*), proliferated in great herds, being sold by the thousands at various stadiums and becoming the subject of much wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Chief objection: The long, plastic instrument emits a very objectionable noise, causing discomfort not only to fans and players in the stadium, but even folks watching the games at home on TV. The nerve-wracking din has caused many sporting venues in the U.S. to ban the noisemaker, whose popularity nonetheless seems to be growing.
And now South Africa is talking about banning it, but not for the usual reason. Vuvuzelas, it seems, are being used as weapons over there. Los Angeles Times:
Vuvuzelas were among objects thrown at Orlando Pirates Coach Roger de Sa after a recent game in which fans were unhappy with the home team's draw against AmaZulu.
In another incident, a fan ran onto the pitch during a match between the Lamontville Golden Arrows and the Kaizer Chiefs, the country's popular team, and tried to strike a referee with a horn over a red card he had issued.
"Our rules ban all dangerous weapons from matches," Derek Blanckensee, general manager of the PSL, told Reuters. "If the vuvuzela is to become a dangerous weapon, then we will look into this."
This isn't unprecedented, actually. The Germans were way ahead of everyone on banning the vuvuzela, following a series of attacks there in 2010. In one, a man went after his neighbor with an ax because the guy was blowing a vuvuzela.
Also, they can make your lips swell, and make you deaf. But other than that, they sure are fun.
* = May not be actual fact.
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