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I was pleasantly surprised to find a section for England’s most loved / hated man. And I certainly couldn’t resist writing an editorial about the guy. Whatever your feelings for him, I hope you enjoy reading my opinions on the man and the myth.
Firstly, I absolutely hate Manchester United Football Club plc and everything they stand for. I did so before they dominated English football and will stand as an ABU all my life. Obviously much of this is derived from jealousy and this affliction is the major driving force behind people’s hatred (and hatred is an apt word) for David Beckham.
But unlike Man Utd, I do not hate David Beckham, I respect them both and admire him and his wife for what they have to stand up to. Man Utd are a football club and football is a game, it may stir up raw emotions of excessive swings, but it’s still a game, so hating them is OK. Hating a human being is not something you should be proud of. Manchester United doesn’t have feelings, but David Beckham does.
The jealousy derives from the fact that he’s good looking. Blokes hate him for being better looking that them and girls hate him for their boyfriends not being better looking than him. He is rich, successful, married to a beautiful woman and he is one of the finest players of his generation. The English media love to knock "stars" off their perch and so do the English people. It’s a more popular sport than football, but can be crueller than Fox hunting, because we are dealing with real people.
Some say he is over-rated as a player, but I think that that is just bollocks. He is worthy of his position in the FIFA rankings of 6 and far and away the best English footballer. He would walk into any team in the world bar Real Madrid, where the older, more experienced Luis Figo resides.
The term "thick and thin" may be pretty funny, but the closer you look at such derogatory terms, the less funny they become. If you’re daughter was anorexic or looked it, you wouldn’t poke at her and show her up to the world. The media and the public did this to get back at the Beckhams. As for David being thick, he certainly doesn’t come across as particularly astute, but who’s to know what he’s like in public. Half the people slagging him off were idiots and do you laugh at people in public who are not as intelligent as you?
They are self-publicists to a large degree, but most people miss the irony of a lot of their publicity stunts. They may have stupid taste in clothes, but just because they don’t completely conform to taste, they apparently need to be mocked. The tyranny of the majority is trying to dictate taste here.
Somewhat ironically, they were crucified for receiving cash from OK Magazine for their wedding exclusive. The charge of greed was called out by a nation fixated with "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" and the Lottery, which is something akin to the pot calling the kettle black.
I don’t expect people to suddenly stop making fun of the media’s easiest target and his wife and kid. But I would like to remind everyone who does make fun (as I do on occasion) that it is extremely childish. Things get more serious when attacks get personal and even go as far to threaten the privacy and safety of Brooklyn Beckham. There’s nothing wrong with poking a bit of gentle fun at someone. But hasn’t the Beckham joke worn out a little?
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weathered several lifetimes' worth of speculation, rumours, adoration and insults--and now he claims to be setting the record straight. Beckham has been at the heart of some of the biggest stories in British football for a decade or more, and it's all here including: kung-fu Cantona; scoring from the halfway line; that Champions League Final; 1998 World Cup disgrace; 2002 World Cup glory; feuding with Fergie and the boot in the face; right through to entering the pantheon at Real Madrid in 2003. My Side fairly roars along from one headline-grabbing incident to another. Of course Beckham's passion for his game, and the challenges of preparation and performance, is the driving force behind the narrative, but we are rarely allowed to lose sight of the celebrity bubble in which ol' Golden Balls exists, as one half of Britain's other Royal family. At which point a souring note of reality must be introduced into this tell-it-like-it-was memoir. The problem is that we know Beckham so well. He is well established as a charming, courteous interviewee, for whom an inevitable and growing PR savvy has tightened his tongue, though not dimmed a natural warmth and enthusiasm, but he's equally well known to be, (how to put it?), not great with words. The bald fact is that, in public at least, Beckham has never uttered a single sentence half as vivid or coherent as those in My Side the voice with which we are all so familiar is entirely absent. Good thing too perhaps--400-odd pages full of "er" and "kinda like" would grate--but the polish that collaborator Tom Watts applies does lend this first-person narrative an air or unreality that some readers will find hard to disperse. That said, the result is a fluid, readable and hugely entertaining stroll through an extraordinary life, with a genuine sense of intimacy, a generous spread of colour photos, and some intelligent things to say about football and celebrity, despite the reservati
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For the first time in his adult life he has the freedom to do whatever he wants - and to mark the occasion he's going on an adventure.;World renowned filmmaker Anthony Mandler uses the latest Red Epic filming technology to capture the exploits of Beckham and his friends in David Beckham Into The Unknown;In this special 1 x 90m documentary film, Beckham flies 5,000 miles from London to South America, staying briefly in Rio de Janeiro and then on to Manaus in the heart of the rainforest. From there he and his friends Derek White and Dave Gardner travel by motorbike and boat, guided by locals as they visit the tiny community of Angelin, cross the river Negro to the banks of the Cuieras River and travel deeper into the rainforest to meet the remote Yanomami tribe.;For David and his friends this trip is a reality they have never known before.;DVD extras;Motorbike Pub Chat;Shooting the Advert;Arriving in Rio;Riding Motorbikes montage;Frying Fish;Video Diary World Cup 2010;Football Chat;Meeting the Waimiri Tribe