Monday, June 30, 2014

Culture Bites

Luis Suarez is down and out of the great American game of soccer and must endure a four months suspension. Headbutts and punches incur shorter suspensions, smaller fines, and less general ire. Why does biting incite widespread anger and derision (and long suspensions) everywhere (except, perhaps, in Uruguay)?

Maybe because it involves saliva, an internal part of the body, germs, the unclean? Is it because it is a childish act? Is it because it involves teeth and conjures up images of vampirism and its concomitant eroticism?

1 comment:

Joe Wells said...

Biting in futb├│l?
It is so bizarre, out of the ordinary. It doesn't make any sense.
And what we don't understand scares us the most.
So we have to punish it more to make sure it doesn't happen again.