Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The End of Violence

Thinking about the bounty hunting scandal in the NFL and the announcement of major penalties against New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and defense coordinator Gregg Williams ... how would you feel if you learned that a MMA fighter was paid a bonus for injuring his/her opponent? A little extra for a broken jaw, or for managing to break an opponent's arm before he/she had the opportunity to tap ...

It seems to me that there is a big difference between appreciating the necessary violence of certain sports like football and MMA on one hand, and fetishising violence for violence's sake, on the other.