Today, a video has emerged of a Melbourne woman racially abusing staff members at a Coles supermarket.
The footage taken at Woodgrove Shopping Centre in Melton, Victoria, depicts a woman yelling “you f****g go back to your own country you piece of f**ing s**t.”
Accompanied by a young child, she threatens to throw a Milo tin at a staff member, with “I’ll f****g throw it at you c**t”.
Eyewitnesses were horrified by the verbal assault, commenting on the Facebook video, “She just looks and acted like a complete nut job!” and, “The people she was yelling at were taken back (sic)…”
But let’s take a moment to consider the climate in which this video has emerged.
Today, Rowan Dean penned the ‘satirical’ “Guide to Aussie citizenship made easier“, offering a number of multiple choice questions. For example:
“When you first arrive at a large, busy, metropolitan railway station in an unfamiliar city, do you:
a) Wander around looking for the nearest meat pie shop to get some tucker coz you’re bloody starving
b) Wander around looking for the nearest dunny to have a slash in coz you’re bloody busting
c) Wander around on New Year’s Eve with a mob of about a thousand other men groping as many women as you can get your paws on coz they’re bloody well asking for it
When you’re forced to take your girlfriend clothes shopping, do you:
a) Smile patiently while she tries on the fiftieth friggin’ dress in Sportsgirl and asks you for the thousandth time if it makes her bum look big
b) Surreptitiously check out which dress is half price in the sale before telling her it makes her look just like a supermodel
c) Stone her to death if she dishonours you by exposing any flesh.”
This piece of content was published by one of Australia’s largest newspapers. In 2017.
I’m not sure what I’m more confronted by: how deeply problematic each of his racist assumptions are, or how excruciatingly unfunny it is.