The Art of the Australian Insult


Don’t play in the muck
July 11, 2008, 5:15 am
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“While complaining about “obscenity and bile screamed at league matches”, he seems to think it appropriate to join them wallowing in the muck.”

A response from Shaun Cronin to Paul Sheehan’s criticism of Paramatta fans. David Grant, another writer to the Sydney Morning Herald, objected to his description of them as “retards”:

“At best, this derogatory metaphor reflects a petulant intellectual snobbery. At worst, it is offensive to those who are genuinel ydisabled. Racial abuse is intolerable. Intellectual villification is not the solution.”

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Flannel-wearing, feral, abusive retards
July 10, 2008, 8:21 am
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“The last time I encountered a group of Paramatta fans I am unlucky. There were so many flannel-wearing, feral, abusive retards sitting near, I thought there must have been an oubreak from Goulburn jail.”

Paul Sheehan is not a fan of Paramatta fans.



I called him a monkey but it wasn’t racist, honest…
July 9, 2008, 11:59 pm
Filed under: Ethnic Insults, Sport | Tags: , , ,

“My comment was not meant as a racial slur regarding the colour of his skin, but as a general comment. I do not see myself as a racist. I understand that what I said was taken in the wrong context, as I was only repeating other slurs that were being yelled around me. I can understand how Petero may have taken the comment the wrong way.”

Paramatta fan Espero Vega says he did call Penrith captain Petero Civoniceva a “fucking monkey” but it wasn’t meant to be racist. Paramatta chief executive Denis Fitgerald isn’t impressed:

“To call it a general comment is ridiculous,” Fitzgerald said. “I’ve seen his written apology and I have to say I wasn’t very impressed by it. It certainly wasn’t an unconditional apology. So it remains to be seen if he is genuinely sorry for what he’s said.”



“They called him a monkey”
July 8, 2008, 6:59 am
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“Our security approached the four men of Middle Eastern appearance but none of them admitted to any racial abuse…But we have since heard from some of our season ticket holders that they were the ones calling Petero a monkey.”

Paramatta chief executive Denis Fitzgerald, commenting on attempts to locate the fans who racially abused Panthers player Petero Civoniceva during a match on Sunday. Civoniceva knocked beer onto the fans after they called him a monkey and said “get back in your tree” but subsequently apologised for reacting angrily while there were children watching. Civoniceva is of Fijian origin.