â€˜Crap’ Christian rappers booed at football match
A GROUP of black “yoof” who “gangsta-limped” on to the pitch at Selhurst Park at half-time this week and started rapping about Jesus invoked the fury of football fans, who booed them mercilessly.
Among those who showed his contempt for the “toe-curlingly awful” performers was Duleep Allirajah, sports writer for the online magazine Spiked!
Writing in this weeks edition of the magazine, Allirajah confessed:
I had little option but to join in the chorus of jeering that swept round the stadium.
Not only was it entertaining but, as we were booing off the Jesus rappers, it struck me that it was an incredibly progressive thing that a crowd of predominantly white football fans could now abuse black people without any racial connotation.
The general consensus on the bulletin board was that the rappers were booed off because they were crap not because they were black. As one supporter put it, â€˜In the spirit of the â€˜Kick Racism Out of Football’ campaign I am pleased to see that we treat all our singing guests with absolute equality, and boo the useless fucking lot of them.’
In a rather less tolerant tone, another quipped: â€˜I’d rather keep racism in football, if listening to that shower of shite is the alternative.’
The fact that the performers were God-botherers didn’t help matters either.
Said one irate supporter:
I don’t go to Palace to be preached to, I go to watch sub-standard football. How dare they push Jesus to people in such a secular environment.
If I want religion I’ll go to church. That was truly dreadful and out of place.
Some supporters were confused about the message. â€˜One of my friends said their songs were about Jesus’, said a bewildered supporter. â€˜But some of you are saying it was part of the kick out racism campaign. So which was it? Or was the message “kick out racism and embrace Jesus instead”? If so, that’s a lot for someone to take on board.’ Very true.
You can read Allirajah’s full report here.