I have been quite puzzled over reports that the Mexican wave has been banned at sporting events. Over the weekend, I heard that over 100 fans were ejected from the MCG for attempting to get a Mexican wave going. Why? I cannot, for the life of me, see why such a unique and visually effective gesture should be banned. What have I missed?
Of course, I do have my own theories...
Mexicans would be offended because they did not invent the Mexican wave but wished they had;
Mexicans would be offended because they did invent the Mexican wave and people are breaching copyright;
When women lift their arms up in the wave, their crop tops ride up and disconcert the players;
When guys lift their arms up, nine times out of 10 they have a can of alcohol in their hand and it spills on unsuspecting heads;
The TV cameras can't move fast enough to track the wave as it surges around the arena;
The commentators run out of words, because their mouths can't move as fast as the wave;
The players want to join in rather than play cricket/football;
Some people with no sense of timing and wave too late/early thus spoiling the visual effect;
It may cause riots because it's not a Lebonese/Australian/English or New Zealand wave;
Finally, shock, horror! patriotic supporters may wave their country's flag...and we certainly can't have that because it definitely causes racial unrest, especially in the case of the Australian flag, inflammatory symbol that it is.
Those are my theories why the Mexican wave is banned. Has anyone got others?