Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Shadenfreude or Compassion.? My Inner Turmoil at Black Cats' Second Relegation

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Shadenfreude or Compassion.? My Inner Turmoil at Black Cats' Second Relegation

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Byline: MIKEMILLIGAN It's a funny old world

THE recent spectacle of Sunderland's double relegation has set off some age old internal contradictions and conflicts for me.

Does my better nature take a back seat and allow me to gloat, or do I show sympathy and compassion to a lot of good Mackem mates who've also had their loyalty taken for granted by an unpopular absentee owner? I'm not proud that part of me starkly remembers the gratuitous and prolonged torture my Mackem work colleagues applied to me through various social media means after our two recent relegations and numerous derby defeats. (NB; those fans who misspell relegation as relagation whilst supposedly mocking the red and whites on social media, have immediately rendered their point null and void due to the public display of their own rampant illiteracy - if ya ganna have a gan at your rivals online- at least take the time to spell ya insults reet!) Nevertheless, it is sometimes hard to suppress these lower emotions and base instincts when those who mocked so mercilessly are now themselves sampling some returning voodoo Karma. Interestingly, Germans have a word for this - schadenfreude, the experience of pleasure, joy, or selfsatisfaction that comes from learning of, or witnessing the troubles, failures, or humiliation of another.

We've all been there! How many of us can still recall the rich sense of joy as Tory poster boy Michael Portillo's smug rictus grin gradually, embarrassingly and publicly faded like a drunken auntie's attempt to pole dance on a hen night.

It was on election night '97, as the news filtered in that he was losing his safe Parliamentary seat. This was not a party political thing, as the opposition have their fair share of numpties too.

When the labour MP and supposed champion of the working classes, Emily Thornberry openly sneered at a white van man's England flag during the last general election, it was satisfying to see a member of the smug metropolitan elite eating their words as they realised not everyone shared their patronisingly right on Islingtonite world view. …

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