The Art of the Australian Insult

“Australians are degenerate scatologists”
July 7, 2008, 5:25 am
Filed under: International relations, National insults | Tags: , ,

“Ryann Connell is a degenerate scatologist – a typical Australian.”

“Why doesn’t someone drop a hydrogen bomb on Australia?”

Responses from irate Japanese critics of Australian journalist Connell, whose WaiWai column in the English edition of The Mainichi has revealed the stranger aspects of Japanese society to the English-speaking world for a decade. The outrage was in response to a recent column which cited an article in a Japanese magazine about a Tokyo restaurant where patrons allegedly have sex with the animals before eating them.


Human rights campaigner Debito Arudou defended Connell, arguing that the Japanese seem to think that the notion of “for domestic consumption only” marks Japanese as some kind of secret code.


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From “Punitive measures over Mainichi Daily News WaiWai column announced” at

During in-house investigations, the staff writer said: “I introduced what I thought were aspects of Japanese customs by quoting magazine stories, but the selection of stories that I quoted was inappropriate. I’m sorry.”

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