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Sunday, 3 April 2011

That Michael Jackson Statue

I logged onto the BBC this morning to follow the Premier League live commentary, only to be left perplexed by the story of a life sized statue of Jacko which had just been unveiled outside Craven Cottage, home to Fulham Football Club.

After doing a bit of digging, I found out that Mr Jackson had once attended a home game as the guest of Fulham FC owner, Mohamed Al Fayed. Following this, the two apparently became good friends, and after Jacko snuffed it, the statue was commissioned. The question is simple... why? Most of the Fulham faithful must have thought it was an April Fool which had passed its expiration date.

A lot of Fulham fans (Cottagers, for those who don't speak fluent Premier League) are understandably annoyed and embarrassed by what has been erected outside their beloved stadium. They're not fucking stupid - they know that the song writers of every other club in the league (and probably the rest of the nation) are already feverishly composing cruel chants to further the embarrassment.

Now, Al Fayed obviously isn't short of a bob or two. He owns the club, he's got the money - he can do whatever the fuck he wants to, but you don't want to rile the supporters even more by making statements such as:

"Football fans love it. If some stupid fans don't understand and appreciate such a gift they can go to hell."

"I don't want them to be fans. If they don't understand and don't believe in things I believe in they can go to Chelsea, they can go to anywhere else."

- might have been more prudent to let the PR boys handle that interview.

One final thought... what's going to happen when Craven Cottage favourite and legendary football presenter, Jimmy Hill, goes to that big stadium in the sky? Anything less than an effigy of monolithic proportion will be seen as a kick in the knackers.

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