Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Gap Year

It's been awhile, but I'm dusting off the keyboard.

Not that it ever gained a whole lot of dust.  I half started over a dozen pieces, even managed to finish one - but I was enjoying time away from the internet more the longer time went on, and my short break away wound up being a gap year (and then some).

I wasn't completely cut off in my absence.  I didn't miss the Adam Goodes/Eddie McGuire affair, the 18c repeal debate, or anything else that was reported via television news, so expect my 2c on those dated subjects in time as well. And if you can't wait until then for which side of the fence I am about the King Kong joke, I'll at least give you an answer to that - I think Eddie got a bum rap.  I'm not his biggest fan, but the guy wasn't being a racist.

Let the fun and games begin...




18 comments:

  1. I agree on Eddie, and I said as much on the Catallaxy blog, that he was thinking along the lines that Adam Goodes is a big, swarthy and imposing figure so you could see him as a great guy to promote a film about a large, swarthy chap who knocks things over.

    At the same time I said t hat, rather like the kid who called "ape" I didn't see a racist connotation.

    Rafe Champion
    Catallaxy blogger

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  2. When the incident with Goodes occurred, I asked family and friends here in the North (all indigenous) their opinion on it. All said they had never heard the term "ape" used in a racist context and all said that colour aside, he did look like an ape. If you want to hear racist terms used at a footy match, go to a game in Alice Springs. Black and white alike are racially abused, and not always by the opposite race either.

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  3. Did that 13 year old girl call Goodes an ape? I have done some searching around on the net and it seems that she yelled out "F% off, Magilla the Gorilla!" Probably not a nice thing to yell at a person, but when I went to the footy years ago I never for one minute thought that the guys on the field could hear what 100,000 fans were yelling at them.
    And from what I can gather the 13 year old was not the most educated and sophisticated person in the house, so would she be aware that using the name of a cartoon character gorilla was actually a racist slur? I wouldn't have known that.

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  4. Issues aside; welcome back. It will be nice to read your calm, sensible and well considered thoughts again.

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  5. So good to see you back.

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  6. Welcome back Steam Train. I agree with Pete Davies, your common sense posts are a welcome reprieve from some of the lunatic comments in the mainstream media

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  7. You have been missed, welcome back.

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  8. Your insight and wit have been sorely missed by this whitey. May your wisdom influence many and your common sense infect us all.

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  9. Welcome back - another whitey who enjoys all your articles and looks forward to reading a lot more of them.

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  10. Welcome back! You have been sorely missed as a voice of intelligence and unbiased, logical reason

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  11. Great to see you back. You tell it like it should be. All we now need is for the Professor to start writing again and the internet will be complete.

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  12. Welcome back! I've missed your writing & specifically checked in here after the recent Insight program on racism to see if you had anything to say on 18c. I will be reading your blog with great interest.

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  13. Was the reaction by Goodes a catalyst for the Australian of the year award?

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  14. Great to see you back. Love your realism.

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