You’d laugh if it wasn’t so awful, so sad and so very pathetic.
Yobbos at Reclaim Australia rallies fly Australian flags made in China. A blonde speaker thanks the traditional owners of the land before ‘reclaiming’ it. A Sri Lankan Immigrant leads a chant of ‘Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!’ Neo-Nazis tattooed with swastikas remain ignorant to the fact the symbol is a twisted version of the sacred cross of India’s Hinduism.
A Brisbane rally blasts out a Cold Chisel song sung by a Scottish immigrant married to a woman of Australian-Thai parentage.
So many inconsistencies. So many stupidities.
But Jimmy Barnes is not laughing. And neither are many of us.
The Cold Chisel frontman and singer has asked anti-Islam groups to stop playing his songs at their hate fests. He saw a video with a mob playing Khe Sanh as they rallied in Brisbane and posted a Facebook page comment asking them to cease and desist. They have since agreed.
Chisel fans who were singing along should have known Khe Sanh is a song about the cost of hate and fear. It’s a tune about a Vietnam veteran being traumatised by war. Jimmy sings about “hearts held in fast suburban chains” and the song ends with the character flying out of Sydney for kisses from a jaded Chinese princes and to “hit some Hong Kong mattress all night long”.
Guys, your hero is going to have sex with Chinese women. Or is that okay with you? Is it okay to have sex with Asians – as long as they don’t live here? Or is it just Asian Muslims who are the problem?
Of course, you could say music is in the ear of the beholder. That once music is released, it has a life of it’s own. Musicians can’t control it. But when it’s being used to rouse abject passions, it’s both brave and good to take a stand with your fans.
Jimmy Barnes is seen as a True Aussie Bloke. So let him be that. A bloke who lives multiculturalism. Who proudly wore his kilt to his daughter’s wedding. Who believes in equal love and gay marriage. I’ve seen him dancing at Mardi Gras. To misappropriate his music is madness.
I remember right wing skinheads head-banging to Midnight Oil at a concert in the 80s. I always wondered if they listened to the lyrics as they attacked middle class complacency, border security – and sang loudly for land rights. Did they eventually get the drift when the Oils released Redneck Wonderland? Perhaps the penny dropped when the Oils appeared at the closing ceremony of the 2000 Olympics to perform Beds Are Burning wearing black clothes covered with the word “sorry”. D’oh!
I know the only thing about inconsistencies is their consistency.