The Art of the Australian Insult


John Coates, his mouth and the bar of soap
August 14, 2008, 5:16 am
Filed under: Ethnic Insults, International relations, Sport | Tags: ,

“John Coates’s comment about the hygiene of British Olympic swimmers was way out of line. He should have his mouth washed out with soap.”

Robbie Roach of Randwick writes to the Australian in response to AOC president John Coates’s bizarre press conference at which he gave a passable imitation of someone not entirely sober. How else to explain the following statements:

“Shit happens.”

“Great Britain may have been in lane seven and eight but, um, they seemed to be getting there for a country that has very few swimming pools and not much soap.”

“The tanks I’ve seen before…we just can’t afford them in Australia.”

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