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Posted November 12, 2013 into Blunty by John Birmingham

S'funny. I was driving Anna into school this morning, talking with her about writing. Specifically about writing opinion columns. She said her homeroom teacher had enjoyed the bit about the spy 'scandal' I did in the Herald on the weekend. I said he would probably enjoy today's Blunty about Scott Morrison then.

This led on to a discussion about satire and the unavoidable consequence of writing it – that you will be fundamentally misunderstood. I told her that it was a laydown certainty I'd get a comment at some point today complaining about the horrible bigotry of this column. It wouldn't matter that 99% of people reading it got the joke, that it was skewering, not promoting stupidity and racism. It wouldn't matter that 99% of Indonesians reading it in their second or third language would get the joke, having no trouble at all with the concept of ironic distance.

Inevitably, some well-intentioned nuff nuff would take offense. It happened so much quicker than I had imagined.

It took only seven comments.

It's no wonder the Indonesians aren't cooperating with us! After reading this venomous rubbish, the author belongs to the percentage of racists in Australia giving us a bad reputation. This article is full of stupid cricketing references and unnecessary racism, observe:

"full to pussy’s bow with little brown people."

Yes I 'get' the whole comic personality aspect, but geez, wheres the moderation?!

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November 12, 2013, 8:09AM

Well played, nuff nuff. Well played.

21 Responses to ‘That hardly took any time at all’

Lulu reckons...

Posted November 12, 2013

I had to google the 'pussy's bow' reference. Apparently UrbanDictionary isn't the best definition to use.

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Dave W swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 12, 2013

I can't understand that somebody stumbled across the blog, had never heard of you, didn't read any other cooments, didn't check the back-catalogue and felt that it was okay to write that comment.

People never cease to amaze me.

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damian has opinions thus...

Posted November 12, 2013

Stupid cricketing references and unnecessary racism... two well respected tautologies with their own deep history of rich interplay. Bravo.

By way of follow up to Greybeard, I see some fine delegates to Warsaw doing the job we ought to be doing.

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Murphy ducks in to say...

Posted November 12, 2013

Stateside you'd be lucky if half the population got it once you explained the basics of local politics to them. Once you did explain it, fairly well half of the Americans reading it for the first time would be outraged.

Same folks who exist in Fail Fandom in American Science Fiction. They are an exasperating, exhausting lot.

Respects,

Murph

On the Outer Marches

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted November 12, 2013

"....satire and the unavoidable consequence of writing it – that you will be fundamentally misunderstood."

Happens all of the time. The ones who don't get the joke don't matter. It is the ones that end up agreeing with my indefensible comic positions that creep me out.

Therbs mumbles...

Posted November 12, 2013

You are sooo right Paul. Couldn't agree more.

Brother PorkChop would have you know...

Posted November 12, 2013

What?? You mean you were joking?

Surely not about Sex Slaves of the Congo? I was sooooo looking forward to getting into it.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted November 12, 2013

My buring desire to publish Sex Slaves of the Congo is the only thing I am serious about.

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Quokka mumbles...

Posted November 12, 2013

When I heard that Scott wasn't taking calls from the media I assumed he'd read your column, decided he couldn't put it any clear than that, and had headed off to play golf and have a few glasses of porter.

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Therbs mutters...

Posted November 12, 2013

Gettin' some people who are right scared of brown and yellow people over there JB. Brings out the jackbooters every time.

insomniac mumbles...

Posted November 12, 2013

“Ay, ay, ay! No es bueno!”

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she_jedi mumbles...

Posted November 12, 2013

What cracks me up is that the nuff nuffs always make a point of stating how they "get" that it's satire, but still take offence at it anyway. You just can't win JB.

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Therbs has opinions thus...

Posted November 12, 2013

I like the guy talking about the aids we give to 'Indon'. I shouldn't respond, but did. Managed to put in a shout out to Japanese whalers as well. Yep, a bit of a lull at work.

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Dino not to be confused with ducks in to say...

Posted November 12, 2013

Yeah but JB what if it was a comment from an Indonesian?

Didja think about that!

Anthony mutters...

Posted November 12, 2013

Not literate enough for that...

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NBlob ducks in to say...

Posted November 13, 2013

There is a little garden spot near my house where several of the local dads gather on a Friday night after putting their kids to bed for a beer, chat & the occasional jazz cigarette. Like a free range BYO beer garden. A nice little community thing I liked, for a while. The more mono-browed & IQ challenged started taking over, but that's ok, agreeing with me is not mandatory. It started losing its appeal when the mouthbreathers started expounding on the views they'd picked up from Messers Laws & Jones that morning. (Paul, like Limbough, but less classy.)

One evening I had a gut full and started doing the extreme line, just to point out how ridiculous they were. This may or may not have been a consequence of a sh!tty day at work and a drink or two to many, but that is not important right now.

One halfwit said "reffo boats would stop if we sank a couple, what do we have a navy for?" I countered that we should "rape their children & force their women into slavery first." He thought while I was a bit OTT, the idea had merit.

I haven't been back.

damian asserts...

Posted November 13, 2013

Yeah this. I think it's why I end up doing less of the sort of community building stuff I keep banging on about being important.

On a related subject, should I invite the methheads in numbers 7, 21 and 33 to the community meeting about the neighbourhood watch group we're starting because of them? It seems unsettlingly like the correct answer is yes, but I think I don't have to invite them to join the steering committee.

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AllyOops asserts...

Posted November 13, 2013

Reminds me of the time at a lunch when I responded to the deterrent argument with a suggestion that if people were really serious about deterring the boats they'd shoot a few...

I still think half the table missed my point

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted November 13, 2013

Yes, but it was an excellent point. It would have horrified you, however, if anyone agreed.

As I mentioned above, that has happened to me. For example, in the 1980's I proposed that, as a the solution to the US illegal immigration problem from Mexico, the US should allow the Boarder Patrol to shoot at will, but to make sure that all boarder guards were severely myopic. I argued that, although the odds of them hitting anyone were extremely low, the fact that live ammunition was being fired would deter illegal immigration.

It was a satirical joke poking fun at extreme solutions being proposed. But not a very clear joke. Many of those around me agreed that it was a great idea.

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BigWillieStyle swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 13, 2013

Satire, eh? I like satire. My favourite recent example is the Australian electorate - most of them awake and in control of their faculties - voting in Tony Abbott as Prime Minister! Gold! Ever since Sept 7, I've been waiting for the Chaser to emerge from behind a bush laughing and slapping each other on the back for a gag well executed.

Waiting, I tell you. Any day now......

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Naut asserts...

Posted November 13, 2013

If it doesn't start "knock, knock" how is anyone supposed to know you were being funny and clever?

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