Are you struggling to swallow? Are you finding your throat closed over? Is it because of all the opinions being thrown down there?
If there is a combination of words we’ve heard a little too much in the last week they would be ‘sport’, ‘political’, something something ‘shoving down our throats’.
Apparently, there’s no such thing as an organisation publicly stating their position on an issue anymore. Because the minute they do so, they are apparently violently picking up that opinion, cradling it in both hands, opening your mouth and slamming it down. So you swallow it. Whole.
No wonder you’re choking up. It’s all the opinions.
As both sides of the same-sex marriage survey get stronger in decibels and aggression, the sporting codes are finding themselves smack bang inside the debate. A debate which so many people are calling a political one.
Take the AFL for example. Last week, they took their stance, changing the AFL sign at their headquarters to read ‘YES’.
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Some people weren’t happy. Sam Newman was one of these people.
“People go to the football to get away from political agendas and I don’t know why we have any political agendas,” he said on The AFL Footy Show last week.
“People go [to the football] to get away from the frustrations and barrage of political content from agenda seekers and that is their outlet and I honestly don’t know why they [the AFL] do it and I don’t know why there’s not a more strenuous demand for it to be left alone.”
Then came journalist Erin Molan, who said on Mark Latham’s Outsiders she “isn’t a big fan of it”.
“It doesn’t do the cause any good, it’s an individual thing,” she said.
“It’s almost the attempt to sway people and their opinions, that’s what I dislike about this entire thing,” she said. “Let’s let people make up their own minds — it’s unnecessary.
“I don’t think the Yes campaign need to do any of the stuff they’re doing. It’s so acceptable to vote yes.”
Soon after came ex-president of the Liberal Party John Elliott, who commented on Carlton's refusal to take a hard stance on the same-sex marriage debate.