Sam a straight shooter
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.
Media personality Sam Kekovich.