Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic represents all that is wrong and bad about “Covid exceptionalism”.
As in, there are rules, but they don’t apply to him. There are masks, but he doesn’t have to wear them.
There are vaccines to protect us from disease, suffering, and each other, but he doesn’t have to.
Confusion surrounds the world’s number one vaccine status, but only because Djokovic, whose anti-vaccination sentiments are no secret, has consistently refused to clarify it.
Meanwhile, he won’t reveal why Australian authorities initially granted her a medical exemption from their Covid vaccination rules, only to have her withdrawn quite dramatically on Wednesday.
“Confusion surrounds the vaccine status of the world No. 1, but only because Djokovic, whose anti-vaccination sentiments are no secret, has always refused to clarify it.”
Now he might be on his way home, maybe not playing the Australian Open anytime soon – not to mention any other Grand Slam tournaments.
New balls, please. Some might say that as an elite athlete who travels the world to entertain with his supreme talent, Djokovic should be exempt from Covid restrictions, but I would say the opposite.
As a hero to millions of people, he should lead by example and not behave like a spoiled baby wrapped in the kryptonite of athletic privilege.
He obviously benefits from the generous waivers given to top players and has come to expect it. But even for him, there is a limit.
In Melbourne, he met his equal. One can imagine Australians, who have endured some of the toughest lockdowns in the global pandemic, struggling to tolerate his recklessness and iconoclastic belief that he is above everything.
Earlier this week, he strutted around town, bragging on Twitter about how he had surpassed the rules and the Covid system.
As must have been damaging to the morale of Australians, in a country where many families have had to sacrifice Christmases and birthdays usually spent with loved ones elsewhere in the country or abroad.
Djokovic will not reveal why Australian authorities initially granted her a medical exemption from their Covid vaccination rules, only to be withdrawn on Wednesday
If Novak Djokovic had walked the hard courts at Melbourne Park as planned, he might even have been booed. Why? People have had enough. Our patience is thinner than the gut strings of his graphene racquet.
We meet people like Novak all the time; the no-maskers, the anti-lockout loons, the mad protesters who believe vaccines are a worldwide plot by Smersh to inject them with mind control nanobots, the Piers Corbyn mob, not to mention our own cheese shagtastic sex maniacs and wine to the government.
Fair enough (not really) if he doesn’t want to be vaccinated, that’s his choice. But he cannot continue to play his place in the international tennis world. He cannot continue to travel from country to country with impunity, like an untouchable emperor of sport.
You can’t be anti-vax and pro-tennis, you can’t have your unvaccinated strawberries with your outdoor cream. It’s one or the other, but not both.
I don’t need to remind anyone that it’s been almost two years since the first lockdowns turned the world into a strange place with new rules and new tensions on every home front.
A place where we had to negotiate an uncertain future with a strange new enemy. Djokovic’s attitude – far from being unique – makes us all ridiculous and asks the question once again; Are we really all in the same boat?
Or is it every tennis player for himself. He has a lot of alternative views, so many that you can see how he might feel that the life-saving, traditional, pedestrian medicine is somehow beneath him.
Supporters gather outside the Park Hotel where Novak Djokovic was taken pending deportation from Australia
Among his personal cod cornucopia is the belief that you can energize the water by talking to him and that we are all descended from an ancient Serbian super breed – and who knows, maybe we are.
But from my stance on the Covid Tie basis, I’d like to lift the racket of justice, throw the Be Fair ball into the sprouting air, and smash an ace of disgrace on the smug net of esteem. self of Novak.
If he was a statue, I would be tempted to sprinkle it with red paint, knock it off its perch, and throw it into the harbor – what jury would convict me? Thank goodness he’s being shown the door to Australia.
Finally a little common sense. Djokovic is free to believe whatever he wants, but when it comes to public health, he must also accept that these opinions have consequences.
I don’t have Lottie’s sympathy
Pass me that onion. I want to stand up in tears, screaming and crying Lottie Moss – and filmed herself doing so – that naughty photos of her Only Fans account have been leaked online.
Kate Moss’s younger half-sister says she earns around £ 70,000 a month from the social media platform, where users pay to view photos and videos of adult content.
Lottie charges £ 14 a month for a subscription and £ 1,000 for a nude video.
Model Lottie Moss is distressed that photos of her Onlyfans account were leaked online
She has a Lottie cheek, doesn’t she? I guess feminists like me should view this lucrative source of income as a wonderful symbol of female entrepreneurship, not to mention an artistic display of empowerment.
But to be honest, I find it hard to see it as anything other than a slice of a peep show designed to keep the Dirty Mac Squad happy.
And Lottie isn’t the only one enjoying the service.
Page Three models and others supplement their income there, successfully objectifying themselves sexually rather than letting a middleman have the privilege.
There is always that. Lottie says an “evil” friend betrayed her by disclosing her phone number and contact details.
It is distressing – but surely those who make money with the site should know that it is a distinct possibility that the photographs somehow come out?
It also raises suspicion that Lottie is in tears because men drink for free on her photos, instead of paying her fees.
And that might not be quite the positive message or vote of sympathy that she fondly imagines.
And here’s why I won’t go for a thong
Hang on, preferably with suspenders. Because are we really ready for a revival of the “exposed thong” trend of the 90s?
Fun fashion trend? Exposed thongs are making a comeback
Remember the terrible days when it was briefly (god, I’m hilarious) in fashion for women to show off thong underwear on the waistband of their low rise jeans.
Why? Who knows. It wasn’t attractive then or now, but here it is, once again.
Only this time, the designers sewed the exposed pants and thongs into one piece of clothing.
“This season, many designers are creating clothes with an apparent thong or thong sewn on, which takes the trend away from the grunge and hip hop vibes and makes the look more couture and glamorous,” one expert explained.
Is it? Sometimes I feel very old.
Putting vandals on a pedestal is wrong
Two moron dudes who participated in the Capitol Riots in the United States last year and bragged about breaking and entering and smoking a joint in the building were each sentenced to 30 days in jail.
“It was not Bill and Ted’s great adventure,” said Judge Tanya Chutkan, before handing down the sentences this week. Good for her.
Two men who broke into Capitol Hill last year have been sentenced
And how I wish we had a bit of that penalizing spirit here. Instead, the jury at the Colston statue trial appeared to believe the protesters involved were a romantic cross between Robin Hood’s Merrie Men and Five Go Mad In Bristol.
Folk heroes or stupid vandals? It depends on the statue. It depends on the problem.
And that is not fair. If drunken ruggers toppled the statue of Emmeline Pankhurst in Manchester and threw it into the Ship Canal, would they escape censorship or condemnation? I doubt.
There also wouldn’t be much mercy for the gammon freedom fighters trying to disfigure Keir Hardie’s bust in Cumnock.
Although we don’t have to worry about Tony Blair. As the argument continues over his knight’s title, no one will be erecting a statue of him anytime soon.
A small batsqueak of support for President Macron, who says he wants to irritate the unvaccinated until they submit.
Exactly my feelings. Make life difficult for them. After all, they hold everyone to ransom.
Meanwhile, Italians are handing out medals to those who finally agree to be vaccinated, while here in the UK, where up to 90% of Covid hospital admissions are believed to be unvaccinated, teams of vaccinators now visit workplaces and malls to give jabs.
I’m going to go out and do it myself, if that’s what it takes to make us all free.
Respect? what a fine blue line!
Evening all. It’s time to put on my Superintendent Moir hat, fill my trusty law and order pipe with the pungent tobacco of wisdom, and consider the role of Avon and the Somerset Police in the debacle of the statue of Colston.
No, I was not impressed when they stood and watched when the statue was toppled in the summer of 2020.
And now that the perpetrators have been found not guilty of causing criminal damage, the best of Avons have issued a cranky statement saying they “respect” the court ruling. Respect! Pathetic.
Even on its own website, the Avon Police define criminal damage as “someone without lawful excuse destroying or damaging any property belonging to others or intending to do so.”
If spray painting a piece of public art and throwing it in a harbor doesn’t cause destruction, then what is it?