My corner of the oval

… thoughts from a Kiwi cricket fan

Since when did booing become okay?!

on February 18, 2012

Maybe it’s just me, but I really don’t like this barbaric sound that seems to accompany sporting events, mostly, these days.

I mean, if I look up the definition of “boo” in the dictionary, it says:


   [boo]  Show  interjection, noun, pluralboos, verb, booed, boo·ing.


1. (used to express contempt or disapprobation or to startle or frighten).

2. an exclamation of contempt or disapproval: a loud boo fromthe bleachers.
verb (used without object)

3. to cry boo  in derision.
verb (used with object)
4. to show disapproval of by booing.
To show disapproval of … and for me, how could you disapprove of someone’s skill and talent even if they ARE from the opposition team to which you are supporting?  If you love the sport, surely you should be able to appreciate both side’s abilities just as equally?
And it’s not just in the sporting arena this action takes place either; I’ve been watching the latest season of X Factor from Australia this year ( and the same thing happens.  If one of the mentors, who are actually there to assist the acts on stage to be better performers and singers, dares to say something that the audience thinks is negative, when in fact it’s constructive criticism to make them a better person, you hear this awful booing sound 😦
It just sounds disrespectful to me, especially as the four people in the mentors’ chairs are all record-breaking, some of them international, successful artists in their own right and the people listening to them should be honoured, and not deriding, what they have to share.
Anyway, that’s my rant for the day over … does anybody else have any thoughts on this topic, or am I just old-fashioned and backwards?  :S

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