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OPINION: The crux of the social hate matter


That’s the key word that isn’t said enough when this issue inevitably rears its head.

Whenever the ‘No Social Hate’ matter is raised, it’s commonly misinterpreted.

Let’s get one thing straight: passion is nothing short of essential for Supercars to survive and thrive.

Not everyone has to get along. In fact, the show and entire spectacle is much better for having drama, controversy and rivalries both among drivers/teams and fans.

There most definitely is a line – but general criticism should not be misconstrued as hate.

It’s now known that some serious threats to drivers/officials and their families sparked Supercars’ statement this time last week regarding fan behaviour. Clearly, that’s not okay in any way, shape or form.

Behind the scenes, Supercars powerbrokers are working on a policy under which there will be more tangible punishments for unacceptable behaviour – especially repeat offenders.

At the severe end of the spectrum could be life bans from Supercars events. And fair enough too.

So, where is the line?

Of course that is for Supercars and key figures such as No Social Hate campaign leader Chaz Mostert to determine and distribute.

The basic understanding is that a sanitised community where only niceties are ever shared is not necessarily the aim.

If you’re a diehard fan who wants to express your admiration of your favourite team/driver – or frustration when things go wrong – or disdain for your archrivals, it’s fair game.

Same goes for general opinion about an incident or decision or reaction.

Just remember the people you’re talking about are human beings with feelings whose loved ones might be reading your very thoughts.

Anything beyond that is less than okay (excessive abuse via direct message/in person, threats, etc).

Now, back to accountability.

People love to play the blame game when it comes to the social hate topic.

It’s the media’s fault for stirring up trouble. Comments sections aren’t moderated enough. Or it’s a certain individual’s fault for saying or doing something controversial.

Starting on the latter, we all complain that personalities have become increasingly vanilla over the years, so there should actually be much more encouragement for drivers and figureheads to show their true personality and speak their mind.

As for the media, yes, the pot is often stirred – this writer has been as guilty as any at times.

BUT – like it or not, the media’s role in reporting on the ups and downs creates interest in the sport, which in the end is for the greater good – AND not once has a media outlet forced a fan to write or say something overly untoward.

Encouraged rivalry/debate/controversy? Sure. But let’s not get apples and oranges confused.

As for comment moderation, again from personal experience at organisations including Supercars itself, I can assure you that endless hours are tipped into moderating, more than can possibly be imagined from the outside looking in.

In the end, the accountability should be taken by each and every individual to act and behave in a manner that is appropriate.

The imminent clarification of guidelines by Supercars is a good move and even better is the promise of holding to account people who overstep the mark.

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