The Art of the Australian Insult


Smashing box office records
March 3, 2009, 11:14 am
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“At this stage we have merely suspended the screenings until we can actually get a debrief from all staff involved. I’m standing with one now and I’m looking at his swollen jaw.”

Greater Union’s general manager of operations, Robert Flynn, explaining why the chain decided to stop screening the Aussie movie The Combination after a security guard was assaulted by a patron. The movie addresses the subject of Lebanese-Australian gangs and had been screening to sell-out audiences in Western Sydney.



Agent’s racist Obama joke
February 5, 2009, 2:00 am
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“There’s a black man in the White House and the good news is this one’s not breaking in!”

A joke repeated by Adelaide real estate agent Jo Lemmer in her column. Mind you, she does quite fancy him, describing him as a “glam tanned man” with “6 fab abs” who is “smokin’ in his boardies”.



Extracting stiletto heel from mouth
November 17, 2008, 1:19 am
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“Let’s just say there’s a sweatshop full of illegal immigrants working on them right now.”

Sonia Kruger, commenting on her Melbourne Cup Carnival wardrobe to Chong Kim, the Malaysian-born musical director of Dancing with the Stars. Seven network apologised for Kruger’s comments after several complaints were received.



Princesses and Scottish sluts
November 14, 2008, 3:06 am
Filed under: Ethnic Insults, Neighbours

“A mother and son have been ordered to pay $23,100 in damages to a gay couple they harassed and vilified during a bitter neighbourhood dispute that was sparked by barking dogs.

Queensland woman Jean Lawson and her son Paul Lawson must also publish a 140-word apology in local and state newspapers after calling their one-time neighbours, Timothy Wilson and Shane McCollum, “faggots”, “poofs” and “princesses”.”

Report in the Sydney Morning Herald. Paul Lawson claimed that Wilson and McCollum called his mother a “Scottish slut”, a “Jewish whore”, a “mole” and a “bitch”.



“Which rock did you crawl out from under?”
October 28, 2008, 6:01 am
Filed under: Ethnic Insults, Sex

“Racism, like homophobia, is one of those outdated ideologies. When I hear someone use the word “wog”, I feel my innards sink to my boots and I feel like asking, “What rock did you crawl out from under?””

Devi Neronha describes her disgust after a gay friend was bashed in Darlinghurst.



First the N-word, now for Coon Cheese
September 26, 2008, 3:05 am
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“If they can prove to me that Edward Coon was a famous cheesemaker, I will drop my campaign.
“If they can’t do it, I’m going to fight them all the way, just like I did with Nigger Brown.”

Anti-racism campaigner and Toowoomba academic Stephen Hagan, who is not convinced that Coon Cheese was really named for a man who revolutionised the cheese-making process.



“You kick a black when you want to get into the headlines”
September 24, 2008, 12:23 am
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“When you want to make an opportunity, when you want to get into the headlines, you will kick a black.”

South Australia Treasurer Kevin Foley, to State Opposition leader Martin Hamilton-Smith, whom he accuses of indulging in ‘racism politics”.