The Art of the Australian Insult


Fashion police pan Aussie Olympic uniform
August 11, 2008, 2:52 am
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“Every other country looks like professional athletes, like winners. The Australians look like they’ve just come from the pool and someone has said ‘Quick, you’ve got to be at the stadium’. Isn’t this the most embarrassing thing? It’s so disappointing – yet again.”

Australian fashion designer Peter Morrisey is not impressed with the uniform worn by the Australian team at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games. Australian Olympic Committee spokesman Mike Tancred was defiant:

“The opening ceremony is not going to be for old fogeys and fat officials, it [the uniform] is designed so young athletes feel comfortable about wearing it.”

Writers to the Daily Telegraph disagreed on whether or not they liked the uniform:

“It’s 24 hours later and my friends and I are still discussing how hideous the Aussie uniforms looked. A 1970s roller disco cap, a John Howard tracksuit and 80’s bluelight disco silver shoes. Come on, who are you kidding Sportscraft?…AOC, sack your stylist.” Shelby Chatter.

“Oh that uniform…Pity about the Aussies in their wish-wash blue “boiler suits”.” Trish Honeyfield.

“On our athletes marching in Beijing, my first thought was they were “rappers’ of the music kind, and then “wrappers”…the merging blue and white colouring of the trackies was bright and fresh, and I immediately thought of menthol lolly wrappers.” Tom Daly.

Not everyone thought the uniforms were hideous:

“As far as I am concerned, Australia would have taken a gold medal and the fashion stakes.” Tatiane Labarthe.

“Get a life, people, insread of whingeing about things. And put your energy into something else – something far more important. Like cheering on the Aussies at the Olympics!” Kylie Hutchings.

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