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Boycott The Qatar World Cup?

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Can you direct me to where I implied it was an argument, please? I'll wait. Or is that just a non sequitur.
Yes. By claiming the use of a whataboutism. If not, this is an entirely pointless conversation.

The poster was clearly responding to the criticism directed by the German national team at the 'censoring'. Or do you think it was just a random cartoon that could have been posted in any thread?
Unsurprisingly missing the point. Has there not been numerous tangential issues discussed in this thread? Posting a picture that expresses an opinion loosely related to the topic is not whataboutism, especially given the medium. You're just so eager to shut down any opinions that don't fit with whatever narrative you're so desperately fighting for in this thread.
 

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Yes. By claiming the use of a whataboutism. If not, this is an entirely pointless conversation.


Unsurprisingly missing the point. Has there not been numerous tangential issues discussed in this thread? Posting a picture that expresses an opinion loosely related to the topic is not whataboutism, especially given the medium. You're just so eager to shut down any opinions that don't fit with whatever narrative you're so desperately fighting for in this thread.
Yet again, there doesn't have to be a specific line of 'argument' involved for something to qualify as a whataboutism. Do you understand that?

We're not getting anywhere here, are we? You asked me what the poster was responding to with that image, I told you, and you now fudge by bringing the 'medium' of the message into it. It's perfectly clear, as I said, that that image was posted in response to the German national team's symbolic gesture. Do you agree or disagree with that? If you agree, then you must see how that is whataboutism. If not, you're either stubborn or dense. I imagine the former.

In terms of the narrative you say I'm desperately fighting for: what, in your eyes, is that?
 

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In an attempt to save these threads from the toxic direction they’re being wilfully taken in - mods, what is the forum stance on whataboutism? Derailing threads is a no no, does whataboutism fall under that? And if not, maybe it should.

Everyone’s free to start a new thread on any given topic, so it’s not censorship.

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In terms of the narrative you say I'm desperately fighting for: what, in your eyes, is that?
We have 2 lines here:

One that consider the European associations involved to be a bunch of hypocrites pretending to care about LGBT rights in some PR campaign.

One that considers these associations to be genuinely progressive and that they do care about Human rights (maybe they don't want to take a yellow card... But they care, and we are proud of them).

It seems you fall into the latter group.
 

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Do you really need me to tell you about current/ongoing European participation and complicity in different war crimes and human rights abuses?
Yes.. Tell me about European participation. I also look forward to read your definition of participation and war crime. Is the weapon industry a war crime?
 

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Yet again, there doesn't have to be a specific line of 'argument' involved for something to qualify as a whataboutism. Do you understand that?

We're not getting anywhere here, are we? You asked me what the poster was responding to with that image, I told you, and you now fudge by bringing the 'medium' of the message into it. It's perfectly clear, as I said, that that image was posted in response to the German national team's symbolic gesture. Do you agree or disagree with that? If you agree, then you must see how that is whataboutism. If not, you're either stubborn or dense. I imagine the former.

In terms of the narrative you say I'm desperately fighting for: what, in your eyes, is that?
Whataboutism is a variant of the appeal to hypocrisy logical fallacy. What are logical fallacies? Deductive arguments. You sure seem more focused on semantics than the topic at hand.

I specifically asked what's the accusation or question. You brought up the German national team censorship. That's a topic, not an accusation or question. It clearly happened and I haven't seen anyone argue or question that it didn't. The medium matters because you fail to acknowledge that this is a thread with many loosely related conversations taking place and that it's silly to brand the ones you don't like as whataboutisms.

If want to call me dense or stupid just do it directly. No need to be coy and dance around it like some sort of coward. It's the internet and I've been called worse on this forum. Nothing will happen.
 

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Whataboutism is a variant of the appeal to hypocrisy logical fallacy. What are logical fallacies? Deductive arguments. You sure seem more focused on semantics than the topic at hand.

I specifically asked what's the accusation or question. You brought up the German national team censorship. That's a topic, not an accusation or question. It clearly happened and I haven't seen anyone argue or question that it didn't. The medium matters because you fail to acknowledge that this is a thread with many loosely related conversations taking place and that it's silly to brand the ones you don't like as whataboutisms.

If want to call me dense or stupid just do it directly. No need to be coy and dance around it like some sort of coward. It's the internet and I've been called worse on this forum. Nothing will happen.
You're right, this was cheap. I was getting frustrated and I apologize for that. No need for it.
 

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Keane could start his own podcast or sports show in UK and people will tune in and that's facts. He doesn't have to go Qatar to get his voice heard.
Again he could have but he wouldn't have reached nearly as big an audience as he has done on live national TV on ITV.

Again you haven't answered my question.
Eh, which question was that again?

Isn't Keane helping their economy by paying for flight, hotel, food etc? How is that not hypocrisy
I doubt the economy of Qatar is relying on the hotel and food revenue of Roy Keane.

Just so we're on the same page here, help me understand what you're a bit upset here mate. Do you agree with Roy's message on Qatar but feel his apparent hypocrisy undermines that? Or do you just dislike that he's criticising Qatar?
 

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Again he could have but he wouldn't have reached nearly as big an audience as he has done on live national TV on ITV.



Eh, which question was that again?



I doubt the economy of Qatar is relying on the hotel and food revenue of Roy Keane.

Just so we're on the same page here, help me understand what you're a bit upset here mate. Do you agree with Roy's message on Qatar but feel his apparent hypocrisy undermines that? Or do you just dislike that he's criticising Qatar?
Just going round and round and round. Car crash of a thread.
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Maybe he learned more about the situation there and changed his mind?

Wouldn’t that be totally understandable and natural?

Isn’t it GOOD to be fluid of thought and open to new information, rather than ‘I said / read this once, so now it’s a fact’?

It’s starting to get very troubling how so many people seem more motivated by pedantry than by compassion for other humans suffering.
 

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Maybe he learned more about the situation there and changed his mind?

Wouldn’t that be totally understandable and natural?

Isn’t it GOOD to be fluid of thought and open to new information, rather than ‘I said / read this once, so now it’s a fact’?

It’s starting to get very troubling how so many people seem more motivated by pedantry than by compassion for other humans suffering.
I bet his learning curve is bell shaped, it will flatten out again at the next world cup. Peaked only in 2022.
 

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It is better to be a little hypocritical while increasing net good than to be perfectly consistent at doing jack shit.

That is the problem with the accusations that get called "whataboutism" here. When people here say "why don't you support this and not that?" they are not actually asking you to support this and that. They are just asking you to shut up.
Well said.
 

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It's early days still, but I wonder if Qatar regret their decision now? The negative publicity has to be way worse than they expected and the viewership numbers in some European countries are absolutely terrible. The numbers are way too bad to just blame it on a 3 hour time difference or the timing of the tournament. A substantial number of people are actually boycotting this world cup, even when the games are broadcast on public TV.
 

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All these protests by footballers/pundits are just for virtue signaling. If they really cared about all this stuff they wouldn't have come to play football in Qatar would they? And then you see comments on social media praising these acts. Like c'mon are you so easily brainwashed? All it does is to get some extra points with the woke social justice warriors.
Another person using ‘woke’ in this way :lol: oh dear
 

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Maybe he learned more about the situation there and changed his mind?

Wouldn’t that be totally understandable and natural?


Isn’t it GOOD to be fluid of thought and open to new information, rather than ‘I said / read this once, so now it’s a fact’?

It’s starting to get very troubling how so many people seem more motivated by pedantry than by compassion for other humans suffering.
Linekar has recently commented on those quotes form 2018.

Football presenter Gary Lineker has said he and the BBC should have spoken out more about human rights issues during the World Cup in Russia in 2018.

Lineker, who is fronting BBC coverage of this year's World Cup in Qatar, said: "I think we were sportswashed four years ago when we were in Russia."
He added: "I do look back four years and feel slightly uncomfortable."
There were calls for Russia to be stripped of the 2018 tournament after it annexed Crimea in 2014.
Lineker told BBC Radio 4's The Media Show that "we didn't talk perhaps enough about the other issues" as well as the football in Russia.
This time around, the BBC panel of pundits did discuss human rights issues in Qatar ahead of Sunday's opening game.
Lineker said "it was deemed the right thing to do" to not just talk about the sport.
"I think we learned from what we probably felt was a mistake [with Russia]. I think looking back now in hindsight, we should probably have spoken out more."
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-63720785
 

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I decided that I will skip this and even though it’s been hard I have missed it all so far. Really tempted by the England game tomorrow though
 

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Another person using ‘woke’ in this way :lol: oh dear
In what way? What is definition of woke?
alert to injustice in society, especially racism.
Tell me again why all these people are going after Qatar? Mentioning corruption, migrant worker deaths,...
 

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It's early days still, but I wonder if Qatar regret their decision now? The negative publicity has to be way worse than they expected and the viewership numbers in some European countries are absolutely terrible. The numbers are way too bad to just blame it on a 3 hour time difference or the timing of the tournament. A substantial number of people are actually boycotting this world cup, even when the games are broadcast on public TV.
I don't think they would and outside of Europe there's not the same outrage or scrutiny if any. The big picture is it's been worthwhile.

And Gary Lineker's comments say a lot about the way things were in 2018, cast yourselves back to 2012 or 2008, not many were pushing the things they do today. We didn't have Wayne Rooney wanting to wear a Rainbow arm band. We didn't have F1 drivers doing the same sort of thing whether that be Lewis/Vettel when young or the older drivers of the recent past. I think we forget just how much ideas and minds have changed since 2010 and have really changed drastically in the last 5 years, it's ever increasing within western Europe and anglosphere. It feels odd to then expect complete turnaround in Qatar let alone places in Africa, South America, east and south Asia, eastern Europe. The Russia invasion and Roman has also woken people up to the sportwashing or lets say self marketing of a state or oligarchs, it's used as a vehicle to help normalize.
 
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In what way? What is definition of woke?
alert to injustice in society, especially racism.
Tell me again why all these people are going after Qatar? Mentioning corruption, migrant worker deaths,...
Well it originated in black culture and was bastardised by the right to basically have a go at everything they don’t like but you carry on using it like you were told. That’s definitely the right side to be on.
 

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I bet his learning curve is bell shaped, it will flatten out again at the next world cup. Peaked only in 2022.
It is more complicated... He wanted to boycott Russia first (back in 2014...) And then learned to embrace it in 2017... And now he's learned to speak up against Qatar.

 

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I don't think they would and outside of Europe there's not the same outrage or scrutiny if any. The big picture is it's been worthwhile.
Europe is a pretty big market, though. And I say "Europe", but you could probably throw in Australia, New Zealand and the US to a certain degree. Canadians may turn a blind eye for sporting reasons, but they tend to be similar to Western/Northern Europe when it comes to these things.

All in all we're talking about countries that make up way more than a billion people, who generally are rich on a world scale. I honestly think Qatar would have been better off laying relatively low with their airline on a few jerseys instead. But I'm just speculating.
 

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Yes.. Tell me about European participation. I also look forward to read your definition of participation and war crime. Is the weapon industry a war crime?
This is participation and assistance. You may call it weapon industry. I call it for what it is, when you send pilots over there to fly the jets that go on bombing hospitals and schools.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190326-uk-special-forces-injured-in-top-secret-yemen-campaign/

Helping Saudia Arabia in Yemen is criminal in my view. But you probably disagree.

The Saudi led coalition (with support of the UK and UK mandated experts) have committed numerous war crimes that have been documented.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/interactive/2022/saudi-war-crimes-yemen/





Our secret dirty war: Five British Special Forces troops are wounded in Yemen while 'advising' Saudi Arabia on their deadly campaign that has brought death and famine to millions

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...ded-Yemen-advising-Saudi-Arabia-campaign.html
 

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Europe is a pretty big market, though. And I say "Europe", but you could probably throw in Australia, New Zealand and the US to a certain degree. Canadians may turn a blind eye for sporting reasons, but they tend to be similar to Western/Northern Europe when it comes to these things.

All in all we're talking about countries that make up way more than a billion people, who generally are rich on a world scale. I honestly think Qatar would have been better off laying relatively low with their airline on a few jerseys instead. But I'm just speculating.
Oh yes I agree. I updated it just after with the anglosphere, it's a large market but not the be and end all and I would say Qatar could maybe have done better waiting longer and building up the hotels tourism etc. They're fast tracking themselves much like other gulf states putting up state of the art buildings/skyscrapers and hosting big sporting events. They did also win the bid in around 2009, I don't think anyone could've foreseen just how much and quickly views from Europe/US has changed/evolved in particular the last 5-6 years.

The fans attending from Europe to Qatar have been so far limited in number as well. I wonder if certain Euro teams remain will see the number of fans increasing and trying to get hold of tickets at a premium price. That's all part of the normalization, you see it on TV and it's actually ok, "I was reluctant before but I'm more encouraged to visit or accept the situation". I think we're seeing slowly more UK or western United fans accepting the idea of state ownership.
 
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I can't work out if I am boycotting or just not interested enough to watch any games so far.
 

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I can't work out if I am boycotting or just not interested enough to watch any games so far.
I'd call it "Borecotting" , I haven't boycotted all the games but I have watched about 1/4 of what I'd usually tune in for as I'm not as interested as I have been previously and I've tuned out of games more frequently too.
 

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Nah I just don't like hypocrites. You might, I don't. Not hard to understand
But what exactly do you want people to do? Stop voicing their opinion against human rights issues in Qatar? Or only do it if they reference every single other such issue in the world every single time? What is it?
 

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I assume that those who are trying to whitewash and whatabout the abuse of LGBT people, women and slave workers in Qatar would also had the same opinion when when multiple sports and teams were boycotting apartheid South Africa?

"By voicing your opinion against apartheid you are just making apartheid worse!"

Absolutely maddening.
 

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Nah I just don't like hypocrites. You might, I don't. Not hard to understand
But why do you think Keane is a hypocrite? I think it is more honest for a journalist or a pundit to actually go to Qatar and tell them to their face that they should not have organized the World Cup and that their laws are retarded. This is more brave, and more impactful, than just staying home and doing podcasts that nobody will listen to.
 

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I can't work out if I am boycotting or just not interested enough to watch any games so far.
Same dude. Aside from willing Ghana on to beat Portugal in the last 20 mins last night I have not been interested enough to watch a single minute. More out of being too busy with things I deem more important, which is pretty much everything :)

My interest in International football waned a long time back. It just gets in the way of club football and isn't as fun as when me and my mates used to congregate in the pub to watch the England matches.
 

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I don't understand why "boycotting the World Cup" would have any value to anyone in this case. The World Cup is for football and for the fans. FIFA gave it to the wrong country. It is better if the fans do everything they would normally do, including going to the games, and also point out what Qatar is doing wrong, and what FIFA did wrong and why. Boycotting is meaningless for this particular case. It is better to make noise and discuss the issues, and complain.