The gesture has been linked to anti-Semitism in his homeland. After West Brom caretaker manager Keith Downing said Anelka had been “surprised” by the resulting outcry, the player on Saturday night claimed the salute had simply been made as a “special dedication” to his friend. “This gesture was just a special dedication to my comedian friend Dieudonne,” he tweeted in both French and English on his official account. However, the French minister for sport Valerie Fourneyron had earlier condemned the gesture on Twitter, describing it as “shocking” and “disgusting”. She wrote: “Anelka’s gesture is a shocking provocation, disgusting. There’s no place for anti-Semitism and incitement to hatred on the football field.” Following the draw, in which Modibo Maiga and Kevin Nolan goals had briefly put West Ham back in front before Saido Berahino finished the goalscoring to earn West Brom a point, interim Baggies boss Downing was quick to defend Anelka. “I’m aware of it but it has got nothing to do with what is being said,” Downing replied when asked about the gesture. “It is dedicated to a French comedian he knows very, very well. He uses it in his act and I think speculation can be stopped now, it is absolute rubbish really. The 34-year-old scored his first Baggies goals with a brace at Upton Park after being recalled to the starting line-up for the first time in over two months. But during his celebration for his first strike, which levelled the game following Joe Cole’s effort for the Hammers, Anelka seemingly performed the ‘quenelle’ salute made famous by French comedian Dieudonne. Press Association “He is totally unaware of what the problems were or the speculation that has been thrown around, he is totally surprised by it.” Press Association Sport understands the FA is aware of the gesture and will be looking into the matter while anti-racism campaigners Kick It Out has offered its assistance to the governing body. In a statement, Kick It Out said: “Kick It Out has been made aware of West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka making an alleged gesture, known as the ‘quenelle’, which carries antisemitic connotations during today’s (28 December) fixture against West Ham United at Upton Park. “The campaign is in contact with partners in England and France regarding this matter and has offered its support to the Football Association in any forthcoming investigation.” Anelka had not played since the 4-1 defeat to Liverpool on October 26 but was recalled as one of six changes made by Downing, who looked to prevent any tiredness with the game coming less than 48 hours after a Boxing Day draw at Tottenham. The caretaker manager was pleased with Anelka’s display and is adamant the former Arsenal and Chelsea man is happy at The Hawthorns. “I thought he had a good game,” Downing added. “He combined with Berahino really well. He has the quality to drop in and link the play and controls the game from that area. “He got on the shoulder for his first goal and then a typical poacher’s goal from the corner. “It has been a while since he has played but his dedication and attitude has always been spot on. He is prepared to play and wants to play.” West Ham had only averaged one goal in their previous nine Barclays Premier League home games as they welcomed the Baggies to Upton Park. But, despite remedying their lack of goals, it was in defence where Sam Allardyce’s side were found wanting. With central defensive duo James Collins and Winston Reid already sidelined, Allardyce would have winced when he saw James Tomkins forced off after just 10 minutes with a groin complaint. With Guy Demel replacing Tomkins, West Ham had no recognised central defender on the pitch and Allardyce felt that cost his side a crucial three points as the Hammers remain inside the relegation zone. “You try and defend with two full-backs playing centre-half,” he said. “The fact of the matter is it is not their positions and where it is not their positions and you are playing against the Anelkas of the world. “At the end of the day that is nobody’s fault if you are overpowered by the opposition’s players. If we had our full quota of defenders fit today we would have won.” Ravel Morrison, Ricardo Vaz Te, Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and Mladen Petric are also missing for the Hammers and Allardyce reckons he needs to get them fit as soon as possible to turn their luck around. “It is like drawing a rabbit out of the hat at the minute for me,” he said when asked about possible return dates for his crocked players. “Every day and every week goes by and we have got to get them all fit as quickly as we can, it has been weeks and weeks and weeks for too many of our players. “That is why we are paying the price at the moment, we used to be great at keeping clean sheets but because of our defensive problems we are finding it hard to do that. “Finally we have scored three goals at home and we haven’t won the game but that is no real fault for the players who played today.” West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka has defended his controversial goal celebration during Saturday’s 3-3 draw with West Ham after it emerged the Frenchman could face a Football Association charge.
While today, C.K. certainly isn’t the cultural force he was a decade ago, his success certainly reflected a change in mainstream preferences for dirtier, more extreme material. Even wildly popular “family” comedians like Kevin Hart and Gabriel Iglesias have plenty of vulgar or “blue” material at their disposal. Today, it’s especially impossible to imagine a “clean” comic like Bill Cosby having the kind of massive success that he did in the ’60s or ’70s. Although, if we’re being honest, there are much better reasons for that than just his material. Since then, mainstream comedy has only gotten darker and darker. Louis C.K. was probably the most respected and prominent voice in comedy of this century. Yet, his material was almost exclusively dark and taboo. Critics and audiences adored him because he was so open and hilarious about the things we all think about but are too afraid to openly discuss. We trusted him to be someone who wouldn’t actually act upon them, too. His credibility was lost once audiences learned about accusations of sexual misconduct that surfaced in 2017, at the height of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. Yet, while “The Sopranos” had fantastic comedic writing and funny moments in each episode, the groundbreaking series was a drama through and through. Still, the series’ widespread critical and commercial success opened the door for so many genre-defying series that remain popular today. Well, what happens when the lines between light and dark are blurred? Sometimes I’d laugh my ass off at Anthony Jeselnik clips and my friend would mutter a passing comment that Jeselnik had “maddd dark Air Force 1 energy, dude.” But if Jeselnik was so dark and evil, why did he bring me so much joy? Is there something wrong with me for liking it? When one looks at the “Outstanding Drama Series” nominees from the 2010s Emmys, many of the shows — including “Orange Is The New Black,” “Better Call Saul,” “Succession” and “Killing Eve” — have much more in common with dark comedies than traditional dramas like “The West Wing” or “Dallas.” The inverse is also true for recent “Outstanding Comedy Series” nominees — including “Fleabag,” “Barry,” “Russian Doll” and “Atlanta” — which are infinitely darker and more serious than “The Office” or “Two and a Half Men” from just 10 years ago. The youth have especially gone dark too. Go to any USC open mic (well, maybe next year), and I guarantee you at least half of the performances will consist of jokes about anxiety and depression. In fact, it’s fascinating to think that joking about one’s mental health has become so commonplace that it could be considered a hack at this point. As well, some of the most widely circulated TikToks during the coronavirus pandemic have come from an elementary school-aged kid with a drop-dead hilarious penchant for gallows humor. What does all this mean? Audiences are demanding more nuance and risk than ever, and it’s made for way better television. Dramas have never been funnier and comedies have never been more serious. Creatives trust audiences to know the difference between right and wrong. They trust audiences to be smart enough to not look at a film or television show to learn how to behave in real life. They know audiences consume art to feel a sense of comfort or solidarity in their own flawed humanity. Real life is complicated and our entertainment should be as well. (Katie Zhao | Daily Trojan) The one exception to this dark and dirty rule is the massive success of John Mulaney. Still, to be fair, “Big Mouth” is one of the funniest shows about adolescent taboos, and it’s the brainchild of Mulaney and fellow comic Nick Kroll. Truthfully, the differences between light and dark are not so obvious. If we’re going by the previous descriptions of light and dark, that friend eventually proved to be dark Air Force 1 energy masquerading as white Air Force 1 energy, judging by his questionable actions rather than the things he would say (i.e. lies, manipulation, selfish behavior — you get the picture). This metaphor is probably a bit outlandish, so I will cease the comparison. Still, this binary of light and dark fascinated me, and the lines have only gotten more blurred in terms of the entertainment we consume and enjoy. With television, a show like “The Sopranos” was so groundbreaking because no show had ever before challenged genre conventions or audiences’ notions of good and bad. The main characters were deeply flawed (to say the very least), wildly entertaining and surprisingly likable. Never before were audiences so inclined to empathize with characters as objectively awful as the Soprano family. It didn’t matter that Tony Soprano was a mob boss. He could’ve been an attorney or a plumber — the themes and lessons would still be the same. A former friend of mine used to joke about people having “white” and “dark” Air Force 1 energies, in reference to the popular Nike shoes worn by sorority girls, drug dealers and NFL owners alike. Seemingly wholesome, good and nonthreatening people have white Air Force 1 energy; those who seem shifty, untrustworthy and questionably evil have dark. Easy enough of a concept to grasp, right? For years, television and film programming were more explicit in their definitions of light and dark, good and evil, moral and immoral. The good cowboys wore white hats and the bad cowboys wore black hats. The “bad guys” talked about death and despair, while the good guys talked about justice and righteousness. Comedy’s most celebrated voices were often light, silly and clean in their material, while the less-respected comics resorted to coarse, vulgar and taboo subjects in their work. Matthew Philips is a senior writing comedy. He is also the wellness & outreach director for the Daily Trojan. His column, “Waiting for the Punchline,” typically runs every other Thursday.
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