On the 28th November 2015, Tyson Fury beat Wladimir Klitschko to become boxing’s new World Heavyweight champion. On the night, Fury won the WBA Super, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles. Considered by many as the underdog for the fight, Fury defeating Klitschko ruffled a few feathers. Therefore, due to his achievements, Tyson Fury was named on the BBC Sport’s personality of the year shortlist for 2015. Then the shitstorm began after he made the following comments:”That’s the runner, isn’t it? She’s good, she’s won quite a few medals. She slaps up good as well. When she’s got a dress on she looks quite fit.” (about Olympian Jessica Ennis-Hill).”There are only three things that need to be accomplished before the devil comes home.”One of them is homosexuality being legal in countries, one of them is abortion and the other is paedophilia. Who would have thought in the 50s and 60s that those first two would be legalised?” He then made the following comments regarding his own personal views surrounding women: ”A woman’s best place is in the kitchen and on her back, that’s my personal belief.” Now, some of these views are rather perplexing and don’t carry much weight in today’s society. However, the reaction to these comments has been surprisingly predictable, the new-age phenomenon of banning people from doing or participating in things , because you disagree with them, reared it’s ugly head again. A petition was created to ban Tyson from the competition, which has now reached around 44,000 signatures.
In my eyes, Tyson Fury’s personal views and comments are irrelevant. You can agree or disagree with him. And guess what, if you disagree with him, don’t vote for him. Vote for someone else to win the competition. Some people seem to believe that because he has been nominated he has already won Sports Personality of the Year. Let’s not forget there are also 11 other people you can choose from. I find it frightening that nowadays, in the society that we live in, in which freedom of speech and opinion is cherished, that there are people out there who wish to ban others from the public sphere because they may have said something they disagree with or upsets them. Whatever happened to fighting ideas with other ideas? Let’s also not forget that the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Century went to Muhammed Ali, who was an extremely successful sportsperson and a great character by all means, but he made certain statements such as the following :“ All Jews and gentiles are devils… Blacks are no devils… Everything black people doing wrong comes from (the white people): Drinking, smoking, prostitution, homosexuality, stealing, gambling: It all comes from (the white people).” Now, where could the outrage over this be found? If the BBC were to heed the petition’s calls and remove Fury from the list it would be hypocritical to say the least.
To finish, whatever you may think of Tyson Fury regarding some of the comments he has made, one only needs to look at his team and see that it is one of the most diverse and united squads around at the moment. Footage before the Klitschko fight shows two prayers taking place as his team are in a huddle – one by a Christian, one by a Muslim. It is not very often we hear about that kind of thing taking place – I wonder why the media chooses to ignore that? The idea of banning, silencing, bullying people you disagree with annoys me. But this time it appears the media outcry hasn’t worked with Tyson. Who knows , maybe he will even win Sports Personality of the Year? Thanks for reading.
P.S. footage of his team praying and interviews by Tyson Fury can all be found on Youtube.