REACTION TO BEN’S GAG IS JUST A JOKE...
BEN Purkiss has nothing to apologise for. It is those whipping up another depressing storm of faux outrage who should be ashamed.
His supposed crime? Taking a gentle dig at Harry Kane. “Harry is so prolific that he is able to score without touching the ball,” said the Swindon defender, who was making a speech in his role as PFA chairman at last weekend’s awards bash.
Kane, of course, has been pilloried for successfully claiming a goal against Stoke that appeared to miss him entirely.
As jokes go, Purkiss’ was milder than Fairy Liquid. Frankie Boyle certainly won’t be fearing for his livelihood.
But, according to some hysterical reporting, the Kane family feel ‘bullied’ and Purkiss is being urged to recant or resign.
It’s absurd. Are we really expected to believe that a man kicked, slandered and sledged every Saturday afternoon is deeply hurt by a well-intentioned jibe? A jibe, moreover, delivered amid a plethora of praise.
And do you really think Kane hasn’t been rinsed by his own teammates in training? Of course he has. Probably several times a day.
Bullying blights millions of lives, but not every joke constitutes abuse. Tackling the issue should never come at the expense of sanitising free speech.
The sanctimonious whining of too many in the media is in danger of doing just that.
SPEECH: Ben Purkiss