I have attended football games for more than five decades, and booing opposition players I loved to hate was often curiously therapeutic. As a female, however, I have sledged my own team over the years for “playing like a bunch of women” and been duly castigated as a sexist by friends. Moreover, I have probably also insulted those with mental health issues (myself included) when I’ve yelled out to my team’s players that “you all need anti-depressants” as lethargy and apathy seemed manifest in their game. Should I, too, be ejected from the ground and punished for my insensitivity and callousness? AFL chief Gillon McLachlan is right, it is “complicated”. I endorse the stance Goodes and other Indigenous players have adopted over the decades, but we need to be cautious about confusing traditional boos and jeers with racism and sexism et al.