Sampath Kumar, a regular reader of i3j3Cricket has sent the following Letter to The Age:
Please see the attachment as my attempt to instil some humour into the spoilt rich cricketers, who are offended by the word, “monkey’.
Here, in the sunny coastal town of Mornington, Victoria, I walk past this child care centre daily with my dog, Panda. I see happy young mothers dropping off their “monkeys” for day care.
If we were to follow the cricketers, then the parents of these clever children and the owner of the centre are out and out racists!
In Tamil Nadu, India where I came from 35 years ago, calling or referring to mischievous and clever children as “monkey boy” is common. Also, manipulative adults would be referred to as the “monkey conductor” — after those who train monkeys to do tricks and earn money by making these monkeys do the tricks at roadside kerbs or circus or fairs and festivals.