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Post by GunsGerms on Thu 10 Nov 2016, 8:55 am

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http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rugby/news/article.cfm?c_id=80&objectid=11745945

Are we in danger of entering poppy overload? Has it not become a bit excessive and garish? I understand the significance and it is understandable that people want to respect war heroes and yes Dave Gallagher the first AB captain did die in world war one. However, do we really need to mix sport with politics?

It seems that every time I turn on the BBC rugby commentary someone is wearing a poppy. I mean there was a time that only vets wore them now all of a sudden everyone wants in on the act.

Thoughts?

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Post by GunsGermsV2 on Wed 21 Dec 2016, 10:23 am

I think the take away from all of this is that a lot of people of very precious about symbols and want everyone to feel the same way they do about them by rolling them out at every opportunity and has become excessive.

For me, given the commonality of the poppy in public life it has evolved to represent lots of things including war propaganda now as much as anything else and has become garish and lost its appeal.

In general though while sometimes it has thrown up some great stories such as the 1995 RWC where through sport a country was united I don't really understand the need to mix potentially divisive political imagery with sport.


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