Australian rugby captain Michael Hooper and his “Argie” remark

by , under Enrique Tessieri

After watching a nailbiter between Argentina and Australia in the Tri-Nations Rugby Championships, the 15-15 draw turned into a sour taste in my mouth when Australian rugby captain Michael Hooper said after the game that “the Argies are a tough cookie to crack.”

Was this racist term intentional or unintentional? Is Hooper a sore loser or just plain ignorant?

How many English cricket players would state after a match against Pakistan that “the Pakis are a tough cookie to crack?”

Let’s make one thing crystal clear: The term “Argie” is a slur created during the Falklands-Malvinas war. It’s meaning is to demean in a racist manner.

All Argentineans should protest forcefully for Hooper using this racist term.

Australian rugby captain Michael Hooper. Source: Reuters.