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Free Speech: Mario Balotelli Is Guilty Of Tweeting Whilst Black

by | 25th, September 2014

A free speech campaigner uses a British flag as a gag during a protest opposite the Houses of Parliament in central London, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013.


THE Mirror’s Brian Reade wants to talk about the problem of grown men exercising their right to free speech. Not everyone gets paid to comment, like a by-lined journalist does. Some people just talk and tweet and write with no concern for deadline or encouraging reader interest and clicks.

Reade begins his columns by explaining how things were great in the days of Roy Race, a fictional footballer who existed in a comic. Reade delivers some Melchester Rovers banter:

FAN: “You were lucky today, Roy.”

ROY: “Really? I thought we had your lot on the run.”

FAN: “Our lot run? That’ll be the day.”

ROY: “Ha ha. That’s a bit unfair on your lads.”

Today he says it would go like this:

FAN: “U spawny **** Race.

ROY: “You lost…LOL.

FAN: (and 235,438 others bailing in on similar lines) “I ope u catch AIDS u albino **** + yr kids get cancer.”

Just to repeat: Roy of the Rovers exists as a comic. He never was real. He was marketed to pre-adolescent schoolboys before things went digital and the cool kids watched rolling children’s telly and could see actual football games on most nights of the week.

Reade’s problem is with the level of debate on Twitter no-one has written the Great American Tweet yet but most of the prelude deals with people showing off, shouting and wasting a few seconds. His problem is free speech:

MPs have tweeted about supporters being scum, players have laid into referees, ex-players and pundits into current players and Joey Barton has laid into everyone.

This is Reade who once wrote in the Daily Mirror:

Welcome to the Brook Estate in Eltham, south east London. The breeding ground of four of the five men accused of stabbing Stephen Lawrence to death as he waited for a bus a short walk away on the eve of St George’s Day six years ago. Five products of a twisted philosophy drummed into them from birth. “If they’re black, stab ‘em in the back.”…

A way of life passed down from father to son. You see the link emerge in the fading white graffiti sprayed 30 years ago on the walls of the old railway bridges around the estate, written by the last generation of Eltham Boyz. In three feet high letters: “SKINHEADS.”…

Give me the father and I’ll give you the son who will give you the son who will abuse, persecute and even kill another human being for committing the heinous crime of not being born white.

Racism was inherited. Get the killers and purge the land.

This is White Man’s Gulch… This is E-reg Escort-land.

So much for anti-discrimination, eh. When did the entire white working class become pariahs? You don’t need a twitter account to lay into someone. You can get a newspaper column.

Mario Balotelli doesn’t have a newspaper column. But the Liverpool striker does have a twitter account. Reade noticed Balotelli’s tweet following Manchester United’s defeat at Leicester City:

When Balotelli launched “Man Utd… LOL” into the Twittersphere….he knew what he was doing. He knew that a Liverpool and ex-Man City player mocking United fans when their pain was raw would draw an ugly response.

He didn’t deserve a torrent of

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