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What is your stance on the vuvuzela?

Asked by cfrydj (919 points ) June 13th, 2010

If you’ve been watching the World Cup, then you either know what the vuvuzela is, or you think that South Africa is infested with giant locusts.

Does the droning drive you crazy, or do you feel that it’s part of the South African atmosphere? Should the vuvuzela be banned? Are chants and instructions from coaches more important?

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marinelife's avatar

I think it is kind of charming. Here is a vuvzela orchestra.

DeanV's avatar

Eh, I’ve gotten used to it. First it was irritating, now it’s just kind of background noise that blends in with the rest of the atmosphere.

I hope they don’t ban it. Soccer wouldn’t necessarily be the same without it. The obnoxious fans plus the vuvuzela are all part of soccer, in my opinion, and it’s not like people wouldn’t find something equally irritating to bring to the games.

rebbel's avatar

I actually find the people on television complaining about it much more annoying.
It, apparently, is a cultural outing of the South Africans and it is a typical reaction of us (Dutch football pundits anyway) to say that it is not a good thing to blow a vuvuzela.
I guess it is more normal to wear a trompet.
And i like it, the sound of the vuvuzela.

IBERnineD's avatar

I actually want the vuvuzela banned. I understand and appreciate it’s meaning and connection to Africa. However I can only get through about 30 minutes of a game before I want to rip my ears off and track down babies to kick.

Not to mention they have been associated with permanent noise-induced hearing loss, spread cold and flu viruses further than coughing or shouting, and piss off a lot of the players, coaches, and announcers.

But, then again it is all part of the fun right?

ragingloli's avatar

The Plastiktröte is pretty benign. Live with it.

dpworkin's avatar

It annoys me, but then it’s not part of my culture, and it is theirs, which kind of makes it none of my business.

MacBean's avatar

I just like the word.

wilma's avatar

It’s just another reason I’m not watching this sport.
I have been in arenas with those horns. I was nearly crazy with the noise, I had to leave.

stardust's avatar

It’s part of SA culture. The noise may be annoying, but it adds to the fun and excitement of the crowd.

Dr_C's avatar

Being Mexican I’ve only ever been at a game without them while living in Europe (although to be fair they are not called vuvuzelas in Mexico as this term is said to by some to have originated from Zulu for “making a vuvu noise,” directly translated “vuvu-ing” because of the “vuvu” sound it makes. Here they are just plastic horns, and sometimes called cornetas… a term shared by Brazilian soccer fans). They have been used in Mexico since the 70’s and has become part of stadium culture and is really just background noise now.

They gained popularity in SA in the 90’s, some say due to it’s similarity to a kudu horn instruments and is thus rooted in African history, but this is disputed.

I personally like how it contributes to the atmosphere in games and would find it sad if they were banned at the WC.

mattbrowne's avatar

I miss the sounds of a typical soccer audience. The collective “aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhs” and “oooooooooohhhhhhhhs” being drowned in this gigantic swarm of bees.

But my rational mind tells me to respect cultural differences.

ragingloli's avatar

Also, let them have something of their own in the stadium. Who knows what exclusivities the FIFA has given to foreign companies. In 2006 in Germany, the only things that could be sold in German stadiums were the American dishwater “budweiser” and Macdonalds junk food. That had a lot of Germans outraged.

mattbrowne's avatar

It might be a good idea to point out the health risks: loss of hearing and the spread of gems.

dpworkin's avatar

Someone needs to invent a notch-filter for the networks to use.

mattbrowne's avatar

I’m told some sound engineers are working on solutions already.

bea2345's avatar

Given the origin of the Vuvuzela – antelope horn – just think that without this entrepreneur who manufactured the fake version, there would not be a single antelope left in South Africa.

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