Sam a straight shooter

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Re­cently I caught up with Sam Kekovich.

Sam is a me­dia per­son­al­ity, best known as a sports com­men­ta­tor.

He played for North Mel­bourne and Colling­wood, and has more re­cently shot to fame as Aus­tralia’s Lamb Am­bas­sador.

He was here in Ger­ald­ton for the Mid­west Char­ity Be­gins at Home an­nual ball and cer­tainly made an im­pres­sion.

As MC for the event, Sam was known to some of the 400-plus crowd, but his ir­rev­er­ent tongue cer­tainly grabbed ev­ery­one’s at­ten­tion.

I spoke with the Lam­bas­sador soon af­ter and dis­cov­ered an in­ter­est­ing at­ti­tude to­wards to­day’s world of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness.

Sam be­lieves no one owns our lan­guage and, there­fore, we should not be told by any­one what we can say.

The larger-than- life char­ac­ter cer­tainly demon­strated that dur­ing the evening with the odd ex­ple­tive punc­tu­ated through­out his pre­sen­ta­tion.

Early on, as I looked around the room, the re­sponse to his an­tics were quite re­served, with many not sure of how they should re­spond but later the smiles and laugh­ter grew as most re­laxed with the racon­teur.

Now, I’m not a per­son who rev­els in bad lan­guage, and cer­tainly not a con­de­scend­ing use of lan­guage, but I can un­der­stand, in some re­spects, the point Sam is mak­ing.

Of­ten jokes are cel­e­brated for their em­pha­sis of quick wit or a play on words.

To­day, per­haps, many of us an­a­lyse or over-an­a­lyse what is said.

Of­ten, the per­son mak­ing the quip has used it sim­ply to high­light a witty point and/or get a gig­gle.

The English lan­guage is beau­ti­ful, how­ever it can also be com­plex and con­fus­ing to the point that there could be a dou­ble mean­ing for ev­ery sen­tence cre­ated.

In other words, if we think about some­thing or some­one says too much, we can ac­tu­ally con­vince our­selves that it means some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent to what was in­tended by the per­son who said it.

I am some­one who be­lieves free speech is, in­deed, the cor­ner­stone of our very democ­racy.

I think it is won­der­ful that peo­ple in this coun­try are able to think, say, and live how they de­sire, pro­vid­ing it doesn’t hurt or en­dan­ger an­other hu­man be­ing.

Of­ten, we may not agree with the views or choices of oth­ers but who are we to judge or con­demn them?

The world is a com­plex ta­pes­try that I be­lieve needs to pro­mote tol­er­ance that al­lows peo­ple to blos­som into who they are, or want to be.

And even have a good laugh with Sam Kekovich.

Pic­ture: John Koh

Me­dia per­son­al­ity Sam Kekovich.

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