CONTENT NOTE: This piece will discuss rape, anti-semitism, and homophobia. by Shane Thomas Much has already been written on the topic of footballer, Ched Evans attempting to restart his career […]
by Shane Thomas Today is International Men’s Day. According to the organisation’s website, International Men’s Day is, “…an occasion for men to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular their […]
Anyone remember the character Tom Cruise played in the Paul Thomas Anderson film, Magnolia? For those who don’t, Cruise played Frank T.J. Mackey, a brash, loathsome motivational speaker, hiding personal trauma. Arguably the finest performance of his career, he is an abhorrent distillation of patriarchy. He runs classes on how to “conquer women” to a rapt male audience, opening the seminar with the mantra, “Respect the c*ck! And tame the c*nt!”
You’re not to know this about me, but I hate Halloween. I always have done. Even when I participated in ‘trick or treat’ on a couple of occasions when I was a child, I was secretly wishing I was back home controlling the adventures of Super Mario on my old NES.
But my problems with Halloween go beyond any individual dislike of crowds of people and dressing up. While many look forward to this time of year – some of my friends among them – this is often a frustrating and enraging time for people of colour.
Much talk has centred around the NFL’s, “Rooney Rule” as a panacea, which ensures that at least one person of colour must be interviewed when a head coaching position becomes available. It’s said that such a measure could offset the paucity of managers of colour in English football.
More recently, Sir Trevor Brooking, the former Director of Football Development at the FA said he was against such a regulation, offering choice quotes such as, “Some black coaches say they’re not given a chance, but I do think a lot of them have to get themselves in that position”, and, “There is a reluctance from people sometimes and they feel it should be handed to them.”
CONTENT NOTE: Islamophobia and Sexism by Shane Thomas “Pop culture to sport, and back again“ It was long overdue, but basketball’s governing body, FIBA recently decreed that players will be […]
CONTENT NOTE: This review will contain spoilers. by Shane Thomas If I asked 20 people to name me a superhero movie, I’d expect to get a high degree of variance […]
CONTENT NOTE: Some of the embedded links in this piece are NSFW. by Shane Thomas While not placing it in the pantheon of truly great television, I’ve been a fan of […]
Content note for plot spoilers, and depictions of racist and misogynoirist violence: by Shane Thomas It speaks volumes when a filmmaker has a distinctive tonality to their work after only […]
by Shane Thomas 2012 was a memorable year in British sport. At the forefront of that was Jessica Ennis-Hill, who managed to deal with the intense pressure of being billed […]