I wrote a few weeks ago that the so-called “homophobic scream” that Mexican fans shout in stadiums is just one of the many epithets that appear in our very flowery repertoire of expletives. In other words, it is not something that is aimed at specifically discriminating against a sexual minority but a mere tool, with forgiveness, to piss off the useless on duty, the usual idiot or, with a little more affection, the compadre, to the brother-in-law, to the office colleague or to the partner in the game of dominoes when the very asshole releases the sign (yes). It is a personal appreciation, of course, but I allowed myself to garnish it with the assent of several dear friends of mine, as openly homosexual as they were unwilling, in turn, to feel aggrieved at the first turn and mortally offended by this or that.
It happens, however, that the world is what it is and that in these times of overwhelming political correctness that we are coping with, things have taken a course that no longer admits of any deviation. So we have to take care of our language, respect those who deserve respect, recognize differences, cultivate tolerance and present ourselves, at least in ways, as civilized people. In short, beyond the uses consecrated by custom, what really matters is ending long-standing segregationist practices and granting all individuals the benefits of equality, as an inalienable right, regardless of their adopted identities or their conditions. originally.
However, the behavior of the fans in the stands when a football game takes place must simply be adjusted to the rules required by the organizations that supervise football and they finish. And if they ask you to stop bellowing the aforementioned cry because that is what FIFA or CONCACAF determines, all you have to do is stop and go. They are not subjecting you to abusive treatment or trampling on your human rights or ordering you to cut off your arm or anything like that. Just don’t yell “hey fucking!” That’s all. It does not go from there. There is no reason, therefore, to ignore this instruction or to adopt a defiant attitude.
The heart of the matter is that Mexicans are inherently disobedient. It is already very worrying when it comes to daily life. The lack of civility affects us all and has very serious consequences in the social fabric. And, precisely, the resistance of the fans to abide by the prohibition would be a symptom, one more, of that deficit of citizenship. But, gosh, I don’t think that this insubordination will take it to the extreme that FIFA leaves us out of the World Cup. Or, are things that bad already in this country?
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