Saturday, 1 November 2014

Mick and Hoppa Homesick


There was an episode of The Simpsons where Bart made prank calls to Australia collect and created a huge unpaid bill which caused a diplomatic incident between America and Australia. The Simpsons visited Australia to put things right and made things worse. Everything was ocker Hicksville. In the end the choppa came to rescue them and the Australians were throwing beer cans at it -reminiscent of Saigon.  Australians actually wrote to the papers complaining about the stereotypes and I thought given the stereotypes of Americans being loud and parochial 'You can give it but not take it'. Personally, I have no qualms about stereotyping ANYONE, including my countrymen, although in conversation I tend to qualify comments.