Don’t mention the darkies …

Rugby is a game I don’t watch, Gone with the Wind is a film that I have never sat through. And then there is the ABC.

Not long ago I heard a piece about bullying, I was on the move between places of work. I recall the ABC presenter, shocked she was, by the awful news that some phenomenally high percentage of people had been sworn at work in the last six months. She didn’t mention that 100% of the diligent listeners or watchers of ABC will have heard all of the same language on air in the past six months.

Which brings us to Warren Ryan, a rugby commentator, who managed to penetrate my consciousness in the course of his last call for the ABC …

The premiership-winning coach, who made a successful transition to the media, was alleged to have used the term “old darky” during the call of the recent Sydney Roosters-Canterbury match.

The 73-year-old made no apologies for the remark, which has effectively cut short a career spanning more than two decades at the station.

Well, frankly my dear …

It seems that the reason for this lapse of judgement was that the argument occurring on field between umpire and player bore a strong resemblance, in Mr Ryan’s mind at least, to a scene in Gone With the Wind, from which he was quoting. He and his fellow commentator were immediately suspended.

It’s quittin time for Mr Ryan who started out with St George in 1964 as a player, went on to be a two-time premiership-winning coach and subsequently a much loved man on the microphone …

“The ABC has suspended me pending an investigation, so I have resigned to save them the trouble of conducting it,” Ryan said.

So listen up you dogfuckers “We will not tolerate any racism here on the ABC”.

Which says what exactly?

Is it the case that Mr Joe Average is sufficiently robust to withstand language that would have been punishable by law in 1939 when Gone With the Wind was made, but people of colour are so feeble that hearing the word darky will trigger their PTSD?


Can you trust Habib … ?

Sometimes I despair at the news.

The new racism is a reality. The way you use it is to scream racism every time you can massage the facts anywhere near enough to maybe get them somewhere close to where a one-eyed supporter of your pet cause might, at a stretch, think you a victim. Even the Liberal party will do it. What chance have we got of free speech?

Lets take an out-and-out example of racism. In the heat of the moment we let go at our footy opponent with … “You stupid black bastard!!”

We’re gone for all money. The black word gives the game away. Expect to be sitting out a few seasons. We may well point out that the word black is the only true word in the whole sentence, it will avail us nought.

Can you trust Habib? She’s a politician, right, so probably not. Especially if it’s your back against the wall, not hers. The wall, in this case, being a thinly veiled racial slur.

Her name is Habib, seems reasonable to call her that. To call her trustworthiness into account? Fine by me.

Racist? Get real.

Translator’s note.

Liberal, is the Australian word for conservative. I guess we don’t call them conservatives because they no longer believe in free speech. We don’t call them republicans because , with a few notable exceptions, they cling to the monarchy.

Eddy into the vortex …

The controversial comment came while McGuire was speaking with co-host Luke Darcy on Triple M’s Hot Breakfast show this morning.

Darcy was talking about how a huge gorilla hand protruding from from the Eureka Skydeck in Melbourne was a “great promo” for the musical.

“What a great promo that is, for King Kong,” Darcy said.

To which McGuire replied: “Get Adam Goodes down for it, d’you reckon?”

“No, I wouldn’t have thought so,” was the response from Darcy.

Good answer …


• Anglo and Latin countries most tolerant. People in the survey were most likely to embrace a racially diverse neighbor in the United Kingdom and its Anglo former colonies (the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) and in Latin America …

• India, Jordan, Bangladesh and Hong Kong by far the least tolerant. In only three of 81 surveyed countries, more than 40 percent of respondents said they would not want a neighbor of a different race. This included 43.5 percent of Indians, 51.4 percent of Jordanians and an astonishingly high 71.8 percent of Hong Kongers and 71.7 percent of Bangladeshis.

The full article, including a discussion of possible sources of bias, <HERE>.