If like me you spend a good amount of time on Twitter, you might have woken up to tweets about bin bags, and wondered what on earth was going on! Are the bin men on strike? Did someone have an unfortunate encounter with a bin bag? All plausible, really. And then you find out that it’s all about a stupid protest.
In the history of protests, it’s got to be the dumbest ever. From what I read- and trust me, I couldn’t even be bothered to delve deep into it- if you’re going to the Blackburn game tomorrow, arm yourself with as many bin bags as your skinny (fat) arms can manage, and if you see any empty seats, be a nuisance and cover up our lovely seats with your trashy bin bags (again, I’m sorry!). It’s some sort of statement apparently, but I can’t quite make it out. Oh, I think I read a tweet about it clearing the garbage out from the club- Gazidis and Wenger. Wish I could find the actual tweet, but I don’t remember who tweeted/retweeted it. Anyways, I hope they remember to take the bin bags back home with them. Don’t want any littering!
I like the approach some have taken on Twitter though, with the hashtag #binbagplayers. Visit the hashtag on twitter if you’re bored and want a laugh. I think arseblog started it, or at least drew people’s attention to it. I see the whole protest as a joke anyways, so why not have some fun with it!? And like someone pointed out, it’s much better than booing, anyways. It’s very maddening though, as we’re just inviting unnecessary pressure onto the team/club, and drawing unwanted media attention to ourselves. I’d much rather the press talk about City losing to Everton, or Harry Redknapp’s trial. Hell, I wouldn’t even mind if they were talking about how absolutely dreadful we were, last match. All of those are important facts, not some bin bag protest by ‘fans’ with nothing constructive to do.
Having said that all, I quite understand that everything is not as we’d like it to be. It’s nowhere near close! People are upset. I’m upset, you’re upset, the players are upset. But I’m pretty sure Arsene is upset too! People always need a way to vent, and unfortunately, some have chosen the disruptive method of the dumping bin bags on seats. They might as well have gone the whole nine yards and dumped proper bin bag contents on the seats. The club is serving up rubbish after all, and we don’t like it, so let’s let them have it!
It is, however, worth noting that we ARE in a mess, and we’d all like it sorted. How is it going to be sorted? I haven’t a clue. Can I help sort it out? Not a chance. But at least I can support the team. I’m not saying be a lapdog and nod at everything. We’re all pretty smart (I’m giving some people the benefit of the doubt, here) and can identify errors, mistakes, whatever, but in whichever way you choose to react, a fundamental question that you should ask yourself is this- am I adding to the problem, or am I doing my best to avoid making a bad situation even worse? If your answer to the first bit is yes, you’ve got to hang your head in shame. Yeah, it’s said that “no pain no gain”, but it’s also said that a house divided against itself will fall. Instead of taking things out on the club, I don’t know, buy a punching bag. Find yourself a Spurs friend and slag them off all you want(okay, maybe that won’t quite work this season), but you get the picture. Oh yeah, someone else on twitter suggested writing letters to the club. I think that’s a cracking idea! Might not get read, mind, but you know, nothing like writing out your deepest feelings to make you understand it all yourself. Okay, maybe not, but you know what I’m getting at here.
Get behind the team, and YES, the manager, and whilst the season is still on, don’t try to be antagonistic. When the season’s done and dusted- not because I’m confident we’ll finish in the tip 4, but because your actions can’t act as distractions- let the gloves come off!
I’ve ended up going on a rant here, but I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one fed up of the “Arsene Out Brigade”, or whatever various names they go by these days. There’s nothing wrong with having a cause- it’s the way it’s gone about that irks. Who knows, Arsene leaving might be the best thing to happen, but on the flip side, it can equally, if not more so, be the worst thing that can happen. And a it’s not your call, stop throwing a strop because Arsene is still here, okay!?
On a completely unrelated note, we’re ACTUALLY playing a football match tomorrow! Hope we all remember this tomorrow, and by full time, we’ll be talking about glorious 3 points, not bloody bin bags!