December 30, 2013

Nicolas Anelka scored twice this weekend and celebrated in a way only Nicolas Anelka could: sending a heartfelt gesture to a close friend going through some tough times. The friend is a old-school comedian with a style reminiscent of old European theatres, specifically, WWII's Eastern and Western Fronts and the gesture is his, a variation on the Nazi salute combined with a more traditionally obscene gesture.

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 10:02 AM - 6 comments

If you have a buddy who is an anti-Semitic comedian about to be banned in your homeland for anti-Semitism, you may not want to make his signature political salute in front of a worldwide audience if you do not want to be considered anti-Semitic.

posted by Rock Steady at 10:47 AM on December 30

Also, if you have a "signature political salute," you should probably be barred from any sort of political office forever.

posted by Rock Steady at 10:48 AM on December 30

Do people really see his friend Dieudonne as a comedian any more? Anelka tying himself to this clown in a goal celebration -- a time when you generally honor your family, your god or yourself -- is a strange move.

posted by rcade at 12:39 PM on December 30

Anelka... I want to leave a nasty insulting comment but will refrain out of respect to my fellow Spofites.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:44 PM on December 30

An inverted Nazi salute?

That's definitely anti-symmetric.

/Anelka's an idiot.

posted by owlhouse at 04:15 PM on December 30

Isn't it ironic (and hypocritical) that Anelka, being a member of the racial group most victimised by racist football fans, and for whose protection the anti-racism slogans are continuously displayed at the games, should express himself in this manner?

posted by trueblueroo at 07:22 PM on January 01

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