Sunday, 13 June 2010
Are We Seeing Tokenism On The TV Pundit Panels?
I know I am opening myself up to allegations of racism here from my detractors, but this is a genuine question. At first I thought Marcel Desailly was on the ITV panel because he is a regular pundit of theirs, but it has suddenly dawned on me that EVERY expert panel so far has had a black pundit.
Now that may be fair enough, given we are in Africa, but I struggled to understand Adebeyor when he was talking and none of the "African experts" so far have had anything too enlightening to say. Indeed Lineker has twice said, outright, that England are being tipped by these guys because they want to stay on the good side of the English viewing public (I use the term "these guys" because I can't remember the names of the two panelists concerned!).
Personally, I have a lot of time for Robbie Earle and would be happy for him to be on every ITV panel. The guy knows the game and has a voice that is easy on the ear - two essential qualities in my book to be a TV pundit. The fact that he is black is, in my view, utterly irrelevant. However, the colour of a guy's skin does seem to be a deciding factor in employing him as a pundit in the Rainbow Nation of South Africa. Is this at the insistence of the South African authorities or FIFA or is it self imposed by broadcasting companies anxious to appear politically correct? Should the colour of a guy's skin be a factor in employing him, or is this a form of tokenism which is, in itself, essentially racist?
Posted by Hammersfan at 17:01