young people are officially thick

Now Wayne Rooney’s to blame for Broken Britain…

“Act naturally, act naturally…”


The Spoiler has never been one to disrespect the fine men and women of the British Police and we’d certainly never have a go at someone’s blog – mainly because we know how much it hurts when people have a go at us *sniff*.

HOWEVER! Superintendent Mark Payne of the West Midlands Police has pushed us very, very close to making us do both of those despicable things…

Writing on his blog two days ago (and reported on The Daily Mail website today), Superintendent Payne decided to give his views on the whole Wayne Rooney swearing into a camera malarkey and tenuously link it back to the problems of a Saturday night out in Broken Britain.

Here’s what he said in his blog (IN FULL!):

“At the weekend I watched Wayne Rooney score a hat trick for Man Utd, rescuing them from certain defeat. He celebrated this achievement by walking over to the nearest camera and indulging in a juvenile rant using a series of four letter words, his face screwed up in rage. This all happened in the middle of the day, when the match would have been watched by thousands of impressionable youngsters.

“Why is this worthy of comment? I have seen a thousand Rooney’s, and I am sure most police officers will have. The same aggressive stance, the bulging eyes, the foul mouthed rant, fists clenched, surrounded by his mates, all cheering him on. I have seen this on Friday and Saturday nights, as young men (and more often young ladies) engage in a ‘good night out.’ I have seen people argue over almost every kind of nonsense you could imagine. ‘He stole my place in the taxi queue,’ ‘he looked at my girlfriend,’ ‘he is from the wrong estate,’ ‘ I didn’t like the look of him.’”

“Rooney has offered some form of apology,  no doubt drafted by an Old Trafford press officer, apparently it was the emotion of the moment, so that is all right then. He will get a two game ban for his sins (although apparently Utd are appealing).

“What he won’t be able to do is alter the impression that he has left in the eyes of the watching youngsters. It is OK to insult and abuse, it is OK to react with ridiculous aggression to perceived slights or provocation, it is excusable because it is the heat of the moment.

“If Rooney had behaved like that in Wolverhampton on Saturday night, I would have expected my officers to lock him up. My officers will face more Rooneys over the weekend, no doubt somebody will be injured in some meaningless fight. An officer will have to go and tell a parent that their son or daughter is in hospital as a result.

“People in positions of influence have an obligation to behave like human beings. It is not a lot to ask.”

Quite frankly, The Spoiler doesn’t know where to start, but we get a horrible feeling he might actually be trying to blame normal people misbehaving on famous people misbehaving.

However, what really grinds our gears is the fact that people are STILL under the impression that children and young adults are so f*cking thick that they can’t be trusted to make their own mind up about anything.

Here’s a theory we’ve been working on for some time – some people go out on a Saturday night looking for a fight. Some people swear. Some people are just plain, unadulterated ****s. However, this has NOTHING to do with Wayne Rooney saying WORDS or anything like that.

Other people go out on a Saturday night looking for a couple of quiet drinks and a laugh. Other people don’t swear. Other people are just plain, unadulterated nice people. This also has NOTHING to do with Wayne Rooney saying WORDS or anything like that.

Can we stop with this stupid idea that everything a footballer (always a footballer) does will automatically be copied by thousands of dribbling morons regardless of other less shiny influences like friends and family?

Obviously, not everyone will agree. Share your thoughts/abuse below…

9 responses so far
  • Joe // April 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    SPOT ON!

  • Tim // April 7, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    As an adult with no kids, I completely agree. However, a youngster with a Rooney kit might be more impressionable than I.

    Rooney-gate is a bit much, although a person in his standing should me more self-aware. If you don’t want to be a role model, don’t be a shill in a thousand commercials each year.

  • Si // April 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    My main concern with that vitriolic outburst is how someone who does not understand the basic rules of grammar, particularly the circumstances in which it is approporate to use an apostrophe, can become a superintendent.

    At least Rooney’s press officer proof-read his tweet before it was posted.

    And that, kids, sums up the difference between the public and private sectors.

  • shaan // April 7, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Thats like saying actors should stop acting cause the kids are impressionable and might follow in their footsteps.

  • JamJam // April 8, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Putting the idea of this “broken britain” aside, this police officer does have a point. People go out for a night out all the time and everywhere you go there will always be a few idiots that go crazy “in the heat of the moment” or just being pissed and do exactly like Rooney did. If one of these idiots went up to and started effing and blinding at you would you go back and say “well done mate, well done, it’s okay just keep doing it”. By making an example out of Rooney needs to show that it’s not okay to go effing and blinding at everything or everyone. Especially when you have previous like Rooney.

  • Nik // April 8, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Hello kettle, its the pot calling, your black!!

    Is it just me who thought he was describing the police when he talked about bulging eyes, pent up aggression and being egged on by his mates.

  • Lilly Kay // April 8, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I kind of agree with him, because the issue is not what Rooney said. It’s the whole glorification of aggression thing. I have no doubt that some people thought Rooney’s attitude wasn’t idiotic, but badass. You need to show that aggression will have consequences. In that sense, his comments are a bit heavy-handed, but not unreasonable.

  • Mick // April 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    It can only be hoped that people are not so f*cking thick as to care what the Spoiler thinks. V poor.

  • Chicha Rita // April 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Another commenter, in another blogosphere, somewhere in the worldwideinterwebtwitterverse, compared football “performers” to Hollywood “performers”. I thought it was a fair comparison.

    Melissa Leo drops the F bomb during the Oscars–and nobody was screaming that she be banned from performing.

    If fans hurled filth and abuse at actors on stage (arguing that it’s their right because they paid for a ticket), the production would be shut down.

    If the FA want to enforce the Respect Code…then it should be applied uniformly across the board. All fans should be fined/banned for swearing. All managers should be fined/banned for swearing. All players should be fined/banned for swearing. And…we need to fine/ban members of the FA for swearing at the workplace too. I want webcams installed in all FA offices and boardrooms during the workday so I can police their speech.

    Thank you. My f**king rant is complete.

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