The Art of the Australian Insult


Aussie Aussie Aussie, oi vey
August 4, 2008, 8:47 am
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Richard Hinds wonders what kind of patriotic fervour the Olympic Games will unleash:

“Maybe the change of government has put a handbrake on the jingoistic rhetoric that made the (seemingly) mandatory support of Australian sporting teams as politically charged as the mandatory detention of illegal immigrants…

Whatever the reason, the suffocating ultra-patriotism that had taken hold of Australian sport seems to have ebbed. So much so that the brave quests of Greg Norman and Cadel Evans were recorded and celebrated in such refreshingly measured tones a visitor to these shores might mistakenly assume Australia’s self-esteem was not totally dependent on how many times a veteran golfer nudged his Titleist around a windblown links, or how long a bicycle rider took to pedal around what is, after all, quite a hilly country.

However, just when you thought it was safe to go back into the grandstand, along comes an event that will really test whether you can take the “Oi oi oi” out of the Aussie. Is it really possible to keep that bellowing, belching, rubber kangaroo-waving genie in the bottle for an entire Olympic Games?”

“Just as the swimming team will reportedly win one third of Australia’s medals in Beijing, it generally accounts for at least 90 per cent of the cringe0making, attention-seeking boosterism displayed by the entire OIympics team. The sort of trial that makes you wonder why Nick D’Arcy was the only one to go to the knuckle at the selection trial after-party.”

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