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Hewitt ridicules Becker’s man-crush praise June 28, 2010

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Boris Becker

One thing Australian tennis star Lleyton Hewitt loves is being the underdog.  He loves it when critics call him over-the-hill, when they say he is too short, too old, too injured — because it gives him extra motivation to prove them wrong.

Accordingly, when German great Boris Becker decided to develop a man-crush following the Aussie’s unexpected straight sets victory over Frenchman Gael Monfils at the third round of Wimbledon 2010 (6-3, 76, 6-4), Hewitt was not impressed.

“I wouldn’t call him a darkhorse because he’s won the title before” Becker said with ardour in his eyes.  “On a good day, he’s still one of the best grasscourt players around.”

Hewitt did not enjoy the compliment.  “Of course I don’t consider myself a dark horse.  Look at me.  I’m white.  You know, I’ve always had a good record against guys like Monfils.  Look at him.  And look at James Blake.  Now you tell me what the similarity is.”

Of course, this reference harks back to Hewitt’s controversial attempt to get a black linesman removed during his US Open match against African-American James Blake back in 2001.

“It’s good to see him back and healthy and jumping,” Becker added.  “If there’s ever a fight in a bar, you’d want Hewitt in your corner because he doesn’t back off.”

Hewitt did not take a liking to this comment either.  He retorted: “Well I wouldn’t ever want Boris Becker in my corner on a night out.  I don’t want to turn around for a second and find out he’s impregnated my wife in the broom closet.

“And besides, Bec is too busy to be impregnated by Becker.  She’s got a photo shoot with a woman’s mag every week for the next 10 years.  It’s our main source of income now that I’ve fallen out of the top 25.”

These negative comments did not faze Becker from continuing his admiration for the scrappy Aussie with the tremendous endurance.

“…tennis is not only a game of height and power,” Becker explained.  “It’s a matter of heart — and Lleyton’s got one of the biggest on the men’s tour.  He has the heart and mind of a lion.”

“Why would Becker say I have the heart and mind of a lion?” Hewitt replied angrily.  “I’m a fair dinkum human being.  Lions are stupid and lazy, except for Simba from the Lion King.  Is he saying that I’m stupid?”

Desperate to prove Becker wrong, Hewitt promptly went out and lost his next match to Novak Djokovic, 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

“That’ll be the last time someone compares me to an animal,” Hewitt said happily after the match.  “The size of my heart is equal to the size of Boris Becker’s pecker.”

When asked exactly how big that is, Hewitt responded:

[PS: None of this really happened.]

Are Prince Harry’s ‘Paki’ remarks blown out of proportion? January 13, 2009

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I’m not usually one to comment on news items, but I felt compelled to bring this one up.

The ‘Paki’ remark

Prince Harry caused another media storm a couple of days ago when a video of him referring to a member of his platoon as “our little Paki friend” became public.  (See the following link for the video and news article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/theroyalfamily/4216808/Prince-Harrys-Paki-comments-completely-unacceptable-says-David-Cameron.html)

The comments have been widely condemned, with words such as “completely unacceptable” to “sickening” used to describe them.  One column even suggested that the remark could harm British recruitment of ethnic people. 

prince-harryNot the first controversy

Harry is no stranger to controversy, having been reported to have engaged in underage drinking, smoking weed, excessive partying, and who could forget – the infamous fancy-dress costume bearing a Nazi swastika.

Were the comments blown out of proportion?

When I first came across this news item, I really didn’t think it would cause such huge headlines.  Maybe it has something to do with the world’s obsession with the British royals, especially since the death of Princess Diana in 1997.

However, are people being too harsh on Harry this time?  I think so.  I am not Pakistani, but it’s difficult to imagine that such an off-the-cuff, private remark between members of the same platoon made 3 years ago (when he was just 21), would deter British citizens of Pakistani descent to join the army.  To me that just smells like another typical overreaction stemming from our overly sensitive, insanely politically correct society today.

I’m not saying that such remarks are acceptable, but his words clearly need to be put into context.  The way in which he used the term was not intended to be offensive towards his fellow soldier.  If anything, the context appears to be somewhat light-hearted.  I have a lot of friends from India who refer to themselves as “Curries”.  Such a term may be considered racist if used in a derogatory sense, but if I used the term to refer to one of my friends, either to another Indian friend or even a non-Indian friend within the same circle of friends, they would never consider it to be offensive in any way.  Rather, it conveys the opposite; a reflection of my closeness to them, an indication that I consider myself good enough friends with them to use the term they use to describe themselves.  Of course, I would never use the term to describe a stranger or to use it in front of people I barely know.  But to another friend who understands the context, that’s a whole different story.

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