Psst, wanna be a Raiderette? How about beating up Muslims?

johnboy 30 January 2007 70

Want to be a Raiderette?

“come to Club Lime in Belconnen this Sunday (February 4), for a chance to become involved in the best cheer squad in the NRL”

Appealing no? Actually with Chris and Sarah from FM 104.7 there as fluffers the whole thing might be a bit of a jolly to see the clingers and mingers, shame there’s no bar there.

And then, down the bottom of the page I noticed a strange little ad.

The Raiders’ newsletter is called “The Crusade”?

Ok first things first, vikings had very, very little to do with the Crusades [Wikipedia], sure they were somewhat related to the Normans but that’s really not much to be going on with. So bonus points for ignorance up there with the Brumbies a few years ago talking about the Tigers of Africa in a promotion.

Then there’s the minor matter that Muslims rightly regard the Crusades as a genocidal war of conquest waged against them for no other reason than their faith.

What kind of message are the Raiders trying to send to their fans?

BTW here’s what my dictionary has to say on the matter:

crusade |kroōˈsād|
noun (often Crusade)
a medieval military expedition, one of a series made by Europeans to recover the Holy Land from the Muslims in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries.
• a war instigated by the Church for alleged religious ends.
• an organized campaign concerning a political, social, or religious issue, typically motivated by a fervent desire for change : a crusade against crime.

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70 Responses to Psst, wanna be a Raiderette? How about beating up Muslims?
VYBerlinaV8_now with_added_grunt VYBerlinaV8_now with_added_grunt 11:51 am 01 Feb 07

Maybe if a few people a thousand years ago who seem to be the root cause of this problem had rung lifeline, we wouldn’t be arguing about how something that happened so f***ing long ago is affecting the lives of modern people.

simto simto 11:43 am 01 Feb 07

It is a bit of a niggle with JB, though. One might almost say he’s making it a personal crusade…

snahon snahon 11:27 am 01 Feb 07

Evidently JB does. Perhaps a phone call to Lifeline is in order. We could even click on the websites ads to generate the 30 odd cents for him.

VYBerlinaV8_now with_added_grunt VYBerlinaV8_now with_added_grunt 10:48 am 01 Feb 07

A very fine line…

Ultimately, who cares? Really?

johnboy johnboy 10:38 am 01 Feb 07

The point is that a riot can target anyone, a crusade is specifically about the ancestors of one group in our society murdering the ancestors of another.

VYBerlinaV8_now with_added_grunt VYBerlinaV8_now with_added_grunt 10:29 am 01 Feb 07

That’s not the point. The point is that the name of this blog could be construed as offensive to some members of the community.

Hasdrubahl Hasdrubahl 9:04 pm 31 Jan 07

I don’t think this illiterate immigrant Stan has heard of the expression “read the Riot Act”.

stan_bowles stan_bowles 6:21 pm 31 Jan 07

This blog is called The “Riot ACT”

Ok first things first, riots have very, very little to do with pontifications on Canberra related news items.

Then there’s the minor matter of the Cronulla Riots, the Redfern Riots and the recent Noble Park Riots.

What kind of message is this blog trying to send to their readers?

BTW here’s what my dictionary has to say on the matter:

ri·ot /ˈraɪət/
1. a noisy, violent public disorder caused by a group or crowd of persons, as by a crowd protesting against another group, a government policy, etc., in the streets.
2. Law. a disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons acting together in a disrupting and tumultuous manner in carrying out their private purposes.
3. violent or wild disorder or confusion.

johnboy johnboy 10:33 pm 30 Jan 07

descended from certainly, but a very different people by then.

Bulldog II Bulldog II 10:33 pm 30 Jan 07

Slow news day.

Get over yourselves; you can guarantee that in any footy club there is not much thought given to the monthly rag that some of their members might be able to read.

Despite the fact – already alluded to – that Raiders are associated with Vikings and Vikings are not widely renowned as being “Crusaders” in the sense of the 11th and 13th Century type.

All of this could have been prevented if we’d taken “Cowboys” instead of “Raiders”. Although that means all the fair-weather sailors in this town would struggle finding something cute to rhyme with “Cowboys” with the same “Faders” connotations.

That being said I believe Amy was the best looker of the ’06 lineup.

footyboy footyboy 9:46 pm 30 Jan 07

Johnboy, the Normans are Vikings that settled in France, Norman = Northman = Norseman = Nordic.
The German anglo-saxon invaders won the war and created Anglo-land known now as England, so if you are from a British background you probably stem from German/Nordic heritage.
The term ‘crusade’ used in the context of a sporting club logo is just a appropriated word with modified connotation.
However I would feel safer to stay at home if I thought there was some raiderettes loitering on the street corner, hate being asked have you got a spare fag.

betty betty 7:24 pm 30 Jan 07

p.s. I tend to think that any smart Muslim / “The Crusade” newsletter subscriber would believe that in the case of a crusade in reference to a rugby league team – definition 1 pretty much covers it.

terubo terubo 7:23 pm 30 Jan 07

Always knew you were a heretic, betty. Fire and brimstone upon you!

betty betty 7:19 pm 30 Jan 07

Note definitions 1 in both noun and verb. Esp “The
team was ready for a drive toward the pennant”

WordNet – Cite This Source


1. a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; “he supported populist campaigns”; “they worked in the cause of world peace”; “the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant”; “the movement to end slavery”; “contributed to the war effort” [syn: campaign]
2. any of the more or less continuous military expeditions in the 11th to 13th centuries when Christian powers of Europe tried to recapture the Holy Land from the Muslims

1. exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; be an advocate for; “The liberal party pushed for reforms”; “She is crusading for women’s rights”; “The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate”
2. go on a crusade; fight a holy war

This sums it up perfectly for me and could have saved a lengthy and pointless discussion. Although, being Catholic, it has made me re-think my support of the Melbourne “DEMONS” AFL club!

VYBerlinaV8_now with_added_grunt VYBerlinaV8_now with_added_grunt 4:32 pm 30 Jan 07

Screw this, I’m moving to Canabia

Hasdrubahl Hasdrubahl 2:54 pm 30 Jan 07

Ralph, why stop at Eurabia? What about Austrabia – by which time this Raiders newsletter will appropriately be renamed ‘The Jihad’. Oh, and the Raiderettes will all wear burkhas. Sexy!

atoz atoz 2:29 pm 30 Jan 07

I think the actual crusaders would be more inclined to take offence then any muslims. I mean, who in their right mind would won’t to be associated with that loser outfit – the Canberra Faiders. (my wife is a big fan).

johnboy johnboy 2:24 pm 30 Jan 07

“Bending over backwards not to offend certain groups is not helping them to integrate.”

Might encourage them to support your team though.

Maelinar Maelinar 2:17 pm 30 Jan 07

I believe Shock-Jock wannabes have previously been flamed by JB but I’m not motivated enough to look.

My pick is the original concept.

Ralph Ralph 2:15 pm 30 Jan 07

PC is so 90s these days, and thankfully dying a slow death. This is Australia, not Eurabia (what Europe is fast becoming), if some minority group doesn’t like it they can p!ss off.

These people should be integrating. Bending over backwards not to offend certain groups is not helping them to integrate.

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