By now everyone should be fully aware of the vuvuzela—the plastic horn that anyone can buy in South Africa for just $3 US. However, more people closely associate the vuvuzela with the annoying sound that you hear every time you see a World Cup match on television.
There have been many complaints about the vuvuzelas, like how they drown out the voices of the announcers. In addition, popular players Lionel Messi (Argentina) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) have complained about the vuvuzelas, saying that they cannot hear the calls on the field and they cannot hear their own teammates.
This begs the question, should FIFA ban the use of vuvuzelas for the rest of the World Cup?
Well, there are always two sides to every argument, so let's look at the people who are in favor of the use of vuvuzelas.
Pro-vuvuzelas, if you will, argue that it is South Africa's World Cup and that it is in their culture to use the vuvuzelas. This is not some recent trend; South Africans have been using vuvuzelas for years. It is a matter of respect for one's culture.
Another country would not like it if they hosted the World Cup and their country's traditions could not be exercised for the world to see. Plus, not only do South Africans use it, other countries do also. Fans of other teams have bought into the South African culture.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter defended the use of the instruments on his Twitter page, saying, "I don't see banning the music traditions of fans in their own country. Would you want to see a ban on the fan traditions in your country?"
The argument of those who oppose the use of the vuvuzelas is that they are flat-out annoying.
It's like having 7,000,000 bees buzzing in your ear for 90 minutes. It is better to hear the chants and songs of all the countries rather than have the same atmosphere at essentially every World Cup game.
Just allow the vuvuzelas to be used whenever an African nation is playing. But if an African nation is not playing, let the fans of the teams who are playing determine the atmosphere of the game. This might be the key argument those opposed to the use of the vuvuzelas have.
Sure, the 2010 World Cup is Africa's World Cup, but the continent of Africa does not make up the whole world. Therefore, each country should be able to perform and exercise their own traditions.
The decision is ultimately FIFA's but that doesn't mean we can't have an opinion. As for me, I say get rid of the vuvuzelas.
I remember the 2006 World Cup in Germany and the atmosphere of every game was special because every game was different. That is what this World Cup lacks.