Open mouth, change feet

"Why yes, I AM as big a jackass as I look right now"
There has been quite a lot of sturm und drang released on teh interwebz recently about the comments made by one Nick Kyrgios during a tennis match in Canada against French Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka:
After losing the first set, Kyrgios muttered: "Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that mate". The moment caused social media to go into meltdown and sparked heated reaction worldwide, most condemning the controversial player from Canberra. 
Kyrgios was referring to Australian colleague Thanasi Kokkinakis and 19-year-old Croatian player Donna Vekic, who has reportedly been dating Wawrinka following the end of his marriage to Ilham Vuilloud earlier this year. 
In an on-court interview immediately after the match Kyrgios was asked about his comment. 
"You know, I thought ah, you know, he was getting a bit lippy at me, so I don't know, it's just in the moment sort of stuff. But yeah, I don't really know. I just said it," he said.
There has been much and more written by various commentators about how inappropriate his comments were. Pretty much the entire tennis world- with the conspicuous and notable exception of the Swiss Grandmaster, Roger Federer- condemned his remarks as immature, silly, and unbecoming of a professional tennis player.

(In the case of the Federer Express, he's probably keeping quiet simply because he's on vacation in his multimillion-dollar Swiss chalet and can't be arsed about something that some lippy 20-year-old with a bad haircut said in a tennis match outside the Grand Slams. Hey, when you're the greatest tennis player who has ever lived, possibly the greatest athlete of all time, then you can certainly afford to stay above the fray now and then.)

Those who condemn Nick Kyrgios's remarks for being deeply unprofessional are not wrong. That's not the sort of thing that should come up in professional tennis, which has tried very hard for at least the last thirty years to present itself as being a gentleman's sport. (Certainly better than golf, at any rate. I hate golf.)

Yet, let's keep things in perspective here. Nick Kyrgios may well be a talented brat and a bit of twit. Well, so what? Who among us wasn't a bit big for his britches at 20?

I'm less interested in the fact that his comments were deeply unprofessional, than in why, exactly, they caused such an uproar.

The answer is that his put-down hit like a sledgehammer right below the belt for both men and women.

Think about it. Even in this hedonistic day and age, what is the worst insult that can be hurled in a woman's face?

Try calling her a slut, a whore, a woman of loose morals and looser undergarments. Unless she's French Icelandic, you'll be lucky to get away without having a pair of heels sticking out of your skull like antlers.

And what, since time immemorial, has been among the absolute worst insults that a man can offer another man?

Short of accusing another man of cowardice to his face, or of being a liar, about the fastest way to get your face punched in by most men is to accuse them of being cuckolds.

Why? Simple. Because a woman's value comes from youth, beauty, and- by extension of the first two virtues- chastity. A woman who destroys the value of all three attributes quickly becomes worthless to wider society, and the past forty years of feminist nonsense have done nothing whatsoever to change this ancient truth.

And a man's value in society is directly tied to his ability to secure a good, virtuous, and (relatively) chaste woman. If said woman is sleeping around behind his back, that is a direct insult to his masculinity; such an act suggests that he is incapable of pleasing his woman properly. That is a mortal insult to any man with the cojones to recognise it as such.

What Nick Kyrgios managed to do, in just two casual sentences, was to insult both a 19-year-old girl- who, let's face it, is rather pretty- and a 33-year-old multiple Grand Slam tennis champion who just divorced his wife, apparently because he had a bit of a roving eye during his marriage.

That's what she looks like off the court. Not bad, Stan, not bad at all.
That is actually a rather impressive feat. I have to admit, I'm impressed, in a rather cold and impersonal sort of way. I don't approve of Mr. Kyrgios's comments, simply because I think they demean a great sport. But then, trash talk has always been a part of sport- provided you can back it up. Given that he lost his very next match, to another bloke who serves out of a tree, I'd say his mouth is faster than his racquet at the moment.

From a neomasculine point of view, the value and interest of Mr. Kyrgios's comments come from the fact that what he said speaks to certain important truths that still apply in the modern day and age. Not all of the feminist moonbattery in the world has been sufficient to soften the body-blow that a woman suffers from being accused of harlotry.

And not all of the feel-good therapy in the world can undo the shot to the nuts that a man will feel when another man tells him, in a gloating tone, that his precious little angel has been making the beast with two backs behind his back with some other bloke.

Once one gets past the juvenile tone of his insult and the stroppy manner in which it was delivered, the neomasculine man really does have to have a certain kind of cold appreciation for the rather brutal nature of Nick Kyrgios's verbal swordplay.

And looking at the picture above, one also has to have a certain degree of respect for Stan Wawrinka. After all, he managed to pull a girl 14 years his junior, who looks like that.

Ultimately, Nick Kyrgios's record will speak to his talent and his ability to harness it- and make no mistake, the kid is hugely talented. You don't hammer Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon the way he did a year ago using just spit and nail polish- or, in Kyrgios's case, hair dye. But, for the moment at least, his ability to hurl insults appears to greatly exceed his ability to win matches on the tennis court.

Time will tell, though, whether his skills can keep up with his mouth. It should be an interesting spectacle.

UPDATE: The GOAT glides into the row, in gentlemanly yet firm fashion:
"I think we all agree that he definitely crossed the line by a long shot. We're not used to that kind of talk in tennis. I know in other sports it's quite common, maybe normal. Not in our sport, really," Federer said. "I think it's normal that the tour comes down hard on him and explains to him that it's not the way forward." 
"Clearly (the behavior) was very disappointing and not great for the sport, one that I think many players have tried to build up and make it a good image, build up a good image," Federer said. "We want kids to be wanting to get into this sport because it's a nice sport."

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