The Art of the Australian Insult


Where will the bogans go?
July 16, 2008, 6:30 am
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“The beauty of Big Brother is that unlike other reality TV shows it did not ask these bogans to do anything to justify their fame other than exist in a state of pure, unadulterated boganitude. Not for these lipgloss addicts the false consolation of a gut to lose. Not for them the tribulations of ballroom dancing and Daryl Somers’s jokes. No, all they had to do was slip into the spa, down a couple of Jager bombs, get busy rubbing their genitals into each other’s faces, and bang: national fame was guaranteed.”

Aaron Timms reflects on the role of the bogan in Big Brother, and wonders what ambitious bogans will do now that the obvious route to fame has been axed :

“From what restricted gene pool will commercial TV draw its late-night game-show hosts? …The people of Australia deserve better than to have a gaggle of untrained arriviste bogans set loose on this country’s breakfast radio scene. Commercial radio may appear easy at times, but there is a subtle art to being a know-nothing early morning fathead. Big Brother provided the perfect training ground. Now, sadly, that training ground is gone, and formal state intervention – a kind of dirigisme de bogan – must surely be in prospect to tackle the crisis in supply.”

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Age of miracles: Big Brother is axed

Lots of celebration of the demise of Big Brother. Take this online comment:

“The Pope arrives in Sydney and Big Brother is axed – the age of miracles is not over.”

Bill Muehlenberg of Heathmont Victoria writes that when there is so much bad news around, good news is always welcome.

“And it doesn’t get much better than to learn that Big Brother will no longer be disgracing our small screens. BB was arguably one of the worst shows ever to air on australian television. It was an excuse for voyeurism, gratuitous sex and exploiting young people. Although eight years overdue, I can hear champagne corks popping around the country.”

David Ingram of Randwick is also thrilled:

“Eclipsing the visit of the Pontiff for World Youth Day, more pleasant than the continual saga concerning Schapelle Corby, and more compelling reading than anything to do with carbon emissions is the much awaited news that the most tedious, tiresome, televised tripe perpetrated on the australian viewing public has, after eight long, mindless years, finally been booted off television. If Pam Anderson, Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O couldn’t save this rubbish, then nothing could.”