I remember reading Rangers Media within hours of Charlie Bhoyo using the ‘Bigotry’ card at Brechin and had a good laugh when posters started defending him by arguing that ‘bigotry’ was an Old French word meaning disagreement and had nothing to do with religion. I think they full well knew what ‘bigotry’ means in Scotland and were on the case immediately attempting to mitigate the blunder.
I certainly never cease to be amazed at how football forums throw-up instant experts on the most arcane of subjects but I didn’t really give it another thought till today when I read Green’s defence to the SFA charge being aired.
I have now researched the etymology of ‘bigotry’ and, as with everything Charlie says, there is a grain of truth there. But I think you’ll all be fascinated by the way in which Charlie has helped unearth ancient Hun history which might have been better remaining hidden.
On one level I viewed Charlie Green’s ownership struggle for Rangers as a mark of a guy with a huge set of brass balls and I’m not talking about the pawnbrokers – well not yet :-) Now I see him as a very weak character, forever characterised by his brass neck and an obviously well-thumbed Olde French dictionary, courtesy of his RM supporters and apparent mentors.
As we all know Green faces an SFA charge of bringing the game into disrepute by claiming “bigotry” was behind Rangers being denied entry to the SPL.
He made the inflammatory and dangerous remarks in a BBC interview before the Rangers’ Ramsdens Cup tie kicked-off against Brechin on July 29 by stating: “Some of it has been driven by bigotry, some of it’s been driven by jealousy and some of it’s been driven by all the wrong motives.”
Now, in what would win an Olympic Back-pedalling Gold, Green pitifully claims that he didn’t use the word “bigotry” in a religious sense and added: “The use of the word bigot, if you look in the dictionary from the French word bigoterie, is about people who have opposing views or aren’t prepared to listen.
“It’s only in Scotland it’s referred to in a religious sense. I wasn’t speaking in a religious sense.”
Oh really Charlie Bhoy? You are the owner of a Scottish Football Club – a section of whose support lives and breathes bigotry. You have had a long association with football at a high level and must be aware of what lies behind the passions which drove the Old Firm Derby. Your fans sing sectarian songs about being up to their ‘knees in the blood’ of their enemies to demean those of a different religion – have you never thought to ask what bit of French History that is connected to?
Of course you haven’t. Because you are wriggling and twisting trying to do anything that will help you escape being found guilty of ‘bigotry’ – who knows a criminal charge might follow. But much worse for you is how this will affect the AIM share flotation – do you think institutional investors will believe you are a fit and proper person to be bringing a company to market if found to have played the bigotry card without a shred of evidence? Especially if they believe it was all just to sell seats as many claim.
You say that it’s only in Scotland that the word ‘bigotry’ is used in a religious sense – that is utter nonsense – but firstly let me ask: Where were you when you made the remark? Scotland! Who did you tell? BBC Scotland! Where did you make the remark? Just before a football match at which there were later a number of arrests for sectarian offences!
Scots mostly know from childhood exactly what bigotry means in practice and that’s before we get to school and learn foreign languages if you’ll excuse my French :-)
So let’s look at one of the many almost identical dictionary definitions of what a ‘Bigot’ actually is using the: English Collins Dictionary.
A person who is intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own, esp. on religion, politics, or race
(16th Century: from Old French: name applied contemptuously to the Normans by the French, of obscure origin)
Synonyms: Dogmatist, fanatic, persecutor, sectarian, zealot
Well, that’s fairly clear and accords with what I’ve always believed is the meaning of bigotry as used in Scotland.
But you’re right Charlie there is a French Connection although I must confess to be totally lost as to why Normans being treated like sh*t by the French should suddenly pop into your head before a football game. Heaven forbid that there is some Jacobite Connection in Brechin which formed part of the Auld Alliance with France.
So what exactly do you think bigotry means Charlie as I think your telling Ibrox porky-pies when you say bigotry comes from the French bigoterie used to describe: ‘People who have opposing views or aren’t prepared to listen’.
The Online Etymology Dictionary throws a little light on the mediaeval French origins of ‘bigotry’ but it is important to understand that Etymologies aren’t definitions but explanations of what words meant hundreds and sometimes thousands of years ago. I know you’re getting on a bit Charlie but this is ridiculous you’ve got to keep up to date or Ashley will whip the jerseys and the club off you before you can say AIM Flotation.
The French word ‘Bigot’ first appeared in the 12th Century and was the name apparently given to a tribe in southern Gaul. There is a phonetic argument that the word derives from the Visigoths (Goths) who lived in the Danube Delta but were pushed westwards by attacks from the rampaging Huns led by Attila.
But in 451AD the Huns were defeated by a Visigoth-Roman coalition at the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains and following another rout four years later they lost all voice in the changing face of history. Seems that history really does repeat itself :-)
At some stage native French people used ‘bigotry’ as a term of abuse against the Normans who were originally Vikings who had colonised the area of France which later became Normandy. I have been unable in the short time available and without access to original sources to test this, but I believe the antipathy between the French and Normans might well be rooted in the fact that they originally were of different religion.
But the history of language moved on and by the 1590s ‘religious hypocrites’ were known as ‘bigots’.
I know your club is heavily into history Charlie but you’re not that kind of a guy as I remember you saying that if the CVA failed then every year of the club history before that was wiped out.
However, I do trust that if you actually are relying on the etymological history of ‘Bigoterie’ in Old French, which most sources declare as ‘unknown’, that you have hired a top Etymological Expert and not the resident RM experts. Otherwise, you are onto prunes I’m afraid.
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