Very articulate answer to a tough question.
Great job. Another answer could’ve been, “the difference is that in the US, protests against discrimination like BLM are generally lawful. Can you say the same about Iran? When was the last time your government allowed public protests against government discriminatory action — against women, whatever?”
But, he did a great job.
He had the class to stay away from making political statements direct or subtle. A good model to follow.
Very intelligent and classy response.
Them eyeranians. Wowsers.
It was a wonderful, classy response to an a**hole’s question. I generally don’t care one way or the other about the World Cup, but I hope we beat the living crap out of those Iranian pricks. (Although from what I understand, their players aren’t too crazy about that awful gov’t, either.)
I wouldn’t care how I pronounced Iran!
It has always annoyed me how many pronounce Iran and Iraq, I usually find that with people who have never crossed the US border. But it was surprising to hear Tyler pronounce it incorrectly. He has been all over the world and has lived overseas. I don’t think we would like our country name pronounced wrong.
But Tyler did handle the question beautifully. Class act. BTW, Iranian reporter asking the question was surprised when he learned that Tyler’s mother is white and took the sting out of his question.
On a side note, I find all USMNT members very articulate and highly intelligent. Another guy that is a pleasure to listen to is Tim Weah, whose father George is incidentally President of Liberia and was former Footballer of the year.
Glad to hear this. GO HOGS!!
Yeah they showed a shot of George in a skybox after his son scored the goal.
It doesn’t bother me how anyone pronounces Iran. What astounds me is how many people do not know the “s” in Illinois is silent. I hear people who should know better say “il-la-noise” all the time.
Illini works too.
Went to school with many Iranians (who were studying petroleum engineering) at University of Tulsa. Found them to be friendly, funny and knowledgeable about how to pronounce Illinois. And, if I may add, the young women were beautiful.
And then there is my next door neighbor who always talks about his kin in “Ioway”.
I probably shouldn’t criticize, though. I always pronounce it “tex-ass.”
I’ve had people here (especially those who are Jayhawks fans) try to be funny, point at my shirt or hat, and say “Ar-kansas”. I inform them they have always pronounced that other state wrong. It’s Kun-SAW.
I think the Flock of Seagulls nailed it.
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