• Australia

    Frankie Boyle and the Aborigines

    This is a cross-post by Paul Canning If you enjoy laughing and have ever watched the British (knowing laugh) nihilistic comedian Frankie Boyle I very much doubt that you have never laughed at his jokes. The joke about the Queen’s vagina being haunted? If you heard it I would bet that something akin to laughter ensued. Yet that and other comedic transgressions has resulted in transgressive Frankie being banished by the evil English establishment. Except it hasn’t. Oh no. We have the BBC commissioning a show headed by Boyle after the Scottish referendum and then another commission for online after the UK General Election. Some banishment. The Boyle election show was on…

  • antisemitism,  Australia,  Hungary

    Shver tzu zein a Yid*: Australia and Hungary [see update]

    In Sydney, Australia: Hilel, a not-for-profit Jewish educational and cultural organisation for students and young adults, approached The Red ­Rattler Theatre in Marrickville, in Sydney’s inner west, about hiring the venue for a series of performances dealing with the Holocaust. Their inquiry was dismissed with an unsigned email that read: “Our policy does not support ­colonialism/Zionism. Therefore we do not host groups that support the colonisation and occu­pation of Palestine.” The response has left the [New South Wales] Jewish community shocked and distressed. Shailee Mendelevich, who approached the theatre on behalf of Hilel, said racial backgrounds or religious views should not leave anyone feeling “dimin­ished”. Ms Mendelevich said the performances…

  • Australia

    Tony Abbott – in his own words

    This is a cross-post by Futile Democracy Tony Abbott was not a politician anyone expected to become Prime Minister, back in 2007. Abbott was a force of reaction more than anything else. The Liberals were shattered. But then, a sort of bitter War of the Roses-type family rivalry took over the Labor leadership – both trying to slightly out right-wing each other – and the Liberals were always going to be the obvious benefactor. And so Australia has today dealt Labor a mighty blow in the Federal Election, and elevated Tony Abbott to the Prime Ministership. So, it is perhaps worth noting the new Prime Minister’s thoughts on a variety…