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South Africa World Cup: What's worse, the vuvuzelas or the whining about them?

Calls to ban the long, plastic horns called vuvuzelas from the South Africa World Cup are increasing as players, coaches, fans, and announcers complain about how distracting they are.

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“Dear Europeans, Cristiano Ronaldo and whingy white South Africans,” he writes in his own blog, Kingsimon. “For the last few days, I hear you have been complaining about the noise of the vuvuzelas at games. As we've been blowing them consistently since Thursday night we haven't been able to hear you whining until now.”

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He says more, but much of it can’t be printed in a family newspaper. Ag, shame.

For the record, a final decision has not been made. Danny Jordaan, the chairman of the local World Cup organizing committee, told BBC on Sunday that a ban was certainly possible.

“We've tried to get some order. We did ask them [not to play] vuvuzelas during national anthems, [and not to play] vuvuzelas when anyone is making an announcement or talking. I know it's difficult, but we try and manage as best we can," he said. "We've heard from the broadcasters and other individuals. It's something that we're evaluating on an ongoing basis."

South Africans certainly are fond of their vuvuzelas, but clearly anything that’s plastic and made in China is anything but deeply cultural. Yet, if the reaction on Twitter is a guide, vuvuzelas have become a symbol of national pride.

“After 1 weekend Europe wants to ban the vuvuzela,” writes South African comedian Trevor Noah. “If only they acted this fast when banning slavery.”

“If they ban the vuvuzela, Danny Jordaan would have sold out on Africa,” writes another Twitter user, Tendai Joe.

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