The Vuvuzela, YouTube and HitlerCategory: News
Ever wondered what that’s endless, incredibly annoying sound that sounds vaguely like a swarm of bees (play it here) you hear when you watch the soccer matches at the 2010 FIFA World Cup?
That’s the sound of the vuvuzela.
The vuvuzela is a South African musical instrument traditionally made and inspired from a kudu horn. It is most used at soccer matches in South Africa, and it has become a symbol of South African soccer as the stadiums are filled with its loud and raucous sound that reflects the exhilaration of supporters.
However, it’s use during the 2010 FIFA World Cup has been controversial as it has been associated with permanent noise-induced hearing loss. Vuvuzelas have also been blamed for drowning the sound and atmosphere of football games. Commentators have described the sound as “annoying” and “satanic” and compared it with “a stampede of noisy elephants”, an elephant passing wind, “a deafening swarm of locusts”, “a goat on the way to slaughter”, “a giant hive full of very angry bees”, and “a cow being given a surprise enema”.
It’s sound is so annoying that even Hitler was infuriated by it:
Even YouTube jumped at bandwagon by putting a vuvuzela button at their videos.
Due to its prevalence of use during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, there was a sudden high demand for earplugs to protect from hearing loss…
… and from hearing that annoying sound of course.
Watch the 2010 FIFA World Cup from June 11 – July 11, 2010.
The final match will be held at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on July 11 between Spain and Netherlands.
Germany and Uruguay meanwhile will battle it our for third place on July 10 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.If you want to receive my latest posts, please subscribe to my full feed RSS or have them delivered through email. Just enter your email address below and hit the Subscribe button.