In this day and age everyone in an expert. Be it online or in front of a microphone, if you give people a stage they sort of lose themselves. No better example than now with the Coronavirus outbreak and the flurry of 'experts' it brought out.
That's just not the case for a European soccer coach who's reprimand on a reporter who asked him to give an opinion on the illness has gone viral. Jürgen Norbert Klopp is a German professional soccer manager and former who currently manages the Premier League club in Liverpool.
“Just asking as a wider question about the coronavirus. Are you worried as a team or as a club about the spread of it or how it might affect you?” a reporter asked Klopp following Liverpool’s defeat to rival team Chelsea.
“Look, what I don’t like in life is that a very serious thing, a football manager’s opinion is important,” Klopp responded. “I don’t understand that. I really don’t understand it.”
“I could ask you, you’re in exactly the same role as I am, and it’s not important,” the manager told the reporter. “But famous people, famous people say — No, we have to speak about things in the right manner, not people with no knowledge, like me, talking about something.”
“People with knowledge will talk about it,” he continued, “and should tell the people, do this, do that, do this, and everything will be fine, or not. Not football managers.”
“I don’t understand it,” concluded Klopp. “Politics? Coronavirus? Why me? I wear a base cap and have a bad shave.”
Klopp isn't wrong and it's no surprise his video has since gone viral. We, as a society, have put far too much importance on the opinions of celebrities. You can really see the effects of that mistake in actresses like the emboldened Alyssa Milano, who turned anti-Trump activist and later fell silent when we stopped watching her.
Soccer coach is asked about coronavirus, gives fantastic response. pic.twitter.com/nIgS8OmZcm
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) March 4, 2020
The reporter must have been taken back by Klopp's response but in truth- we could use more famous people like him. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.