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AustraliaComment: Once again, we rejoice in cutting down a tall poppy

00:56  14 august  2019
00:56  14 august  2019 Source:   theage.com.au

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The tall poppy syndrome describes aspects of a culture where people of high status are resented, attacked, cut down , strung up or criticized because they have been classified as superior to their peers.

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Comment: Once again, we rejoice in cutting down a tall poppy© Chris Hopkins NBA star Ben Simmons with kids at his basketball camp in Donvale. Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

Australia should be building up Ben Simmons, not tearing him down. After all, not only is he our richest athlete, he may also be our most important.

Some sections of the Australian media seem hell-bent on hurling condemnation at him for supposedly making a meal of his trip back to Australia, with shock-jock Alan Jones making the baffling claim that Simmons should "go back to America and stay there".

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I didn’t become familiar with the terms ‘ poppy ’ and ‘ tall poppy syndrome’ when referring to a gifted child and the phrase, ‘ cutting (or crushing) tall poppies ,’ until recently; however, my experience with a tall poppy began years ago when my youngest son was just a baby.

Each episode of Tall Poppies features an interview with an exceptional Australian living abroad. Tall Poppy Syndrome describes aspects of a culture in which people of high status are resented, attacked, cut down and sometimes criticised simply because they have been classified as superior to their peers.

It seems Jones and other commentators have not enjoyed Simmons’ trip at all. They’re unimpressed that, when refused entry to Crown casino, he claimed it was a result of racial profiling.

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The tall poppy syndrome (TPS) is a pejorative term primarily used in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and So those around who played the Tall Poppy -card on my friend should’ve heard from my friend retorting something to knock them down as well. Email check failed, please try again .

Tall poppy syndromeunknown. Australian slang for the tendancy to criticise highly successful people (ie, tall poppies ), and ' cut them down '. Sam seemed to be suffering tall poppy syndrome when he described Kerry Packer as an evil man, merely because he was a billionaire.

Others thought him precious for "storming" out of an interview with Channel Seven’s Campbell Brown after a joke about the Crown racism incident fell flat. Football commentator Kane Cornes even said he was "sick of Ben Simmons".

But it’s the rage about him charging $200 a head for a basketball camp and then apparently "sneaking out" early that really smacks of Australia’s obsession with tearing down our international success stories.

The haters lined up to shoot him down for charging $200 after he recently signed a $243 million five-year contract with the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers.

Because of all of this, Jones has claimed Simmons "has lost a lot of people very quickly".

What a load of rubbish. Just because Simmons is wealthy, it doesn’t mean he owes us something and it certainly doesn’t mean he now has to work for free. There are plenty of wealthy sportspeople and media types charging a small fortune to appear at sportsmen’s nights and other community functions, and nobody seems to bat an eyelid at that. Should they also work for free?

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We famously have tall poppy syndrome. We like to cut anyone who stands out from the crowd down to size. It’s happened to practically every major sportsman you Why are we like this? Because we were once a great power and the only way we can cope with the loss of that status is to pretend we never

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Simmons is an international superstar and doesn’t have to come back to Australia. In fact, he could be anywhere in the world doing anything he wants.

The fact he’s chosen to come home should be celebrated, and harnessed to encourage kids to get out and play.

In an age when kids are regularly glued to their screens and too often isolated and shut away from the world, international superstars such as Simmons have the ability to do far more good than harm.

What many of these haters don’t realise is that times are changing. No longer are younger fans obsessed only with Australia’s traditional sports. Increasingly, they’re gravitating to overseas sports with a truly global appeal. They’re fascinated by megastars who earn truckloads of money and who have millions of social media followers around the world.

In fact, many follow stars and brands more than teams.

Simmons is a bona fide basketball star. Furthermore, he’s a star of a sport that’s played by more kids in Australia than cricket, Australian football and rugby league. And he’s playing in a competition, the NBA, that has more subscribers to its streaming service per capita in Australia than any other nation in the world.

And yet, instead of encouraging him to help get kids off the couch and onto the basketball court, where they can be active, socialise and form meaningful friendships and communities, we’ve tried to chase him out of the country.

Sadly, the behaviour and sentiment showed towards Simmons is not unique. Australian golfing legend Greg Norman once remarked that if someone in America bought a sports car, other Americans would say "nice car"; if someone in Australia bought a sports car, other Australians would scratch it.

Sam Duncan is a lecturer in sports media and marketing.

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