When news first broke about the anti-Semitic and other similarly nasty comments made by the world heavyweight boxing champion, Tyson Fury, in an interview posted online, AntiSemitismWatch did not necessarily feel it warranted much coverage other than a Twitter tweet. He is a man who has frankly shown himself adept at making bizarre, offensive statements before. However, the man keeps digging himself further into the mire on the subject and so, basically, deserves everything he gets.
Fury’s disturbing rant came during an interview posted onto YouTube. In comments about women, he said on: “We live in ancient times where we don’t like women to be whores, opening legs to every Tom, Dick and Harry. We don’t s**g men. We don’t s**g kids. So, if that’s draconian then yeah, I suppose I like being a draconian [sic]. They should call me Dracula Fury shouldn’t they.“
He continued: “I think it’ll be perfectly normal in the next 10 years to have sexual relationships with your animals at home, you know your pets your cats and dogs and all that. So that will be legal.”
He also made a series of disturbing comments about rape, bestiality and pedophilia.
Regarding Jews, Tyson suggested, “Everyone just do what you can, listen to the government follow everybody like sheep, be brainwashed by all the Zionist, Jewish people who own all the banks, all the papers all the TV stations. Be brainwashed by them all.”
Since the understandable furor that broke out, including calls for him to be banned, Tyson has continued his rantings.
“I see all the Zionist media outlets are on my back, because I speak the truth!
U will all see the truth soon enuf [sic], they killed my lord jesus”, he subsequently tweeted.
The obvious conflation of Zionists, Jews and Romans is a point we suspect is completely lost on the boxer and a point too difficult for him to understand.
Nevertheless, he did try to send out some form of message to take the heat out of the situation.
Other social media users were unsurprisingly robust in their criticism of Tyson’s behaviour.
Boxing is often spoken about in terms of what adolescent males can learn from the ring, in particular discipline and respect. Those at the top of the profession have a clear responsibility to act as role models to the young on behalf of the sport. The world heavyweight champion has, by implication, the greatest responsibility imaginable.
The ignorance shown by Tyson in his comments should arguably draw compassion rather than calls for him to be banned. However, his lack of any sense of appreciation of his role model status is thoroughly unforgivable.