Black Ferns coach Glenn Moore has resigned, but rejects “misleading” allegations from a player which ultimately sparked a review into the culture and environment of the New Zealand women’s rugby side.
Moore said social media post allegations from hooker Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate on their Northern Hemisphere tour late last year were misleading, and he did not agree with them.
The culture review was initiated after Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate said she had a “mental breakdown” on the tour because of Moore’s alleged critical comments.
I don’t care about rugby.
I get that you all love it and I’ve resigned myself to living amongst people who think kicking, catching and running with a ball equates to the greatest of human achievements.
I don’t hold Rugby in that same esteem.
I don’t hold sports stars up as personal heroes because my heroes are thinkers, artists, writers and revolutionaries.
Don’t get me wrong.
I appreciate the physical skill to kick, catch and run with a ball, but in the totality of human achievement, kicking, catching and running with a ball was something our caveman ancestors did after a successful hunt and sing song around the fire after dark.
It’s not exactly rocket science, art or poetry is it?
So in short, I don’t give a flying fuck about rugby.
I’ll watch the Rugby World Cup and I might watch a test match, but I couldn’t tell you who any of the players are, or the club games or even the basic rules.
So if I don’t care about mens rugby, it would be wrong to care about women’s rugby as well.
Which beings me to the current furore engulfing NZ Womens rugby.
I make the following comments as someone who doesn’t care about rugby in any way shape or form.
The biggest issue between Glenn Moore and the Black Ferns is a culture shift.
The Black Ferns are millennials who have grown up in their ‘everyone is special’ easily triggered snowflake world where their feelings trump everything else.
Because being rational, reasonable and logical are all heteronormative cis male tricks to prop up the patriarchy, social media posts where you go on and on about your mental health well being and your f-e-e-l-i-n-g-s are the only cultural currency now and nothing else matters.
So a social media post filled with self pity and f-e-e-l-i-n-g-s has trashed the reputation of Glenn Moore and burnt all bridges.
You can change as much ‘culture’ as you like, but when aggrieved players can simply write social media posts and destroy reputations because of their f-e-e-l-i-n-g-s, it won’t stop this happening over and over and over again.
This is the age of subjective rage and women’s sports has to be as aggressively promoted as militant cycling and curt te reo pronunciation correction.
The lesson here is simply not to engage with anyone under 40.
Sometimes a cup of harden the fuck up is actually the best recommendation.
Again, I need to state this really, really, really clearly.
I don’t care about rugby.
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