Skip to comments.'Speak English or Die': French Tourist Told
Posted on 12/04/2012 2:30:03 PM PST by nickcarraway
A video of a French girl being told to speak English or die by fellow passengers on a bus in Australia has led to condemnation by local press and politicians.
The unnamed girl was coming back from a day at the beach with friends in Melbourne when a few of the passengers on the bus, notably two men, started shouting at her for singing popular French songs.
Another passenger, Mike Nayna, filmed the whole incident, admitting afterwards that he himself had been the victim of racial insults on public transport before.
One man shouted speak English or die to the French girl, and following jaunts from other passengers he said: everybody on the bus wants to kill you, and youre going to have to get off eventually, bitch.
While speaking on his phone, he also described the girl as fat and as ugly as f**king sin, and threatened to cut her breasts off.
The Prime Minister of the state of Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital, has called the incident absolutely shameful, and has called upon other to give these people up so they can be brought to justice.
Australian media has largely responded by criticizing the actions of the other bus passengers.
In an editorial in the Sydney Morning Herald, a journalist fiercely criticised the behaviour of the idiots on the bus and explained the incident as mass hysteria, (due to) a deficient education or an unhappy past.
This happened in Quebec, right? oh, wait, that would be the other way around.
Hard to tell what happened from this video. The Australians seemed pretty p*ssed off. I suspect that the girl & her friends were doing something more than happily ‘singing french songs’.
Alouette or Dominique?........
Unfortunately, no. This incident happened quite near where I live. The women was abused for no good reason whatsoever.
Most Australians are not bigots but we have our share like anywhere else does. Unfortunately, she was unlucky enough to run into some of them.
They also vandalised the bus by smashing one of the rear windows.
If thats the case then I hope they get their arses kicked.
At least they weren’t Australian Muzzies proclaiming “Speak praise of Allah” or die.
I suspect alcohol may have been involved too.
Public Transportation is such a societal benefit, every one should be forced to use it.
“Speak english or die” an old song from Sgt. D and the stormtroopers of death. 1985. Picked up by certain types as their anthem due to the lyrics, even tho’ the band members disputed the claims of racisim against them.
Hardcore metal to put it lightly.
Alouette or Dominique?........
I hope it was "Dominique"--a song about the Christian crusader Domingo de Guzmán.
Wow, even the French aren’t that rude, usually.
If she was singing La Jeune Garde (The Young Guard), I might have felt that way, too.
You come into this country
You can't get real jobs
Boats and boats and boats of you
Go home you fuckin’ slobs
Selling hot dogs on the corner
Selling papers in the street
Pushing, pulling, digging, sweating
Where you come from must be beat
You always make us wait
You're the ones we hate
You can't communicate
Speak English Or Die
You don't know what I want
You don't know what I need
Why must I repeat myself
Can't you fuckin’ read?
Nice fuckin’ accents
Why can't you speak like me
What's that dot on you head,
Do you use it to see??
Nothing to do with race, everything to do with shouting down a couple loud and rude drunks on a bus.
Blast from the past....
:At least they werent Australian Muzzies proclaiming Speak praise of Allah or die.
That’s on the program for next week.
I played the hell outta that album in high school! But even I knew then that S.O.D. Was nothing more than Anthrax having fun playing punk.
Man Bites Dog!
We Anglo-Saxons are a mean lot, aren’t we.
The French have a national policy in the books against English. Kettle calling pot black.
Really? When my sister was living in Oz, she said that the attitude of a lot of australians towards ‘abos’ was shocking, and much more socially acceptable than being racist in Britain is.
Mind you, in Britain, ranting against working-class ‘chavs’ is considered almost universally acceptable, which makes sense since snobbery and classism is the social sin that defines us more than racism ever has...
My experience living in both the UK and Australia, is that racism is no more of a problem in Australia than it is in the UK, but it’s not a particularly major problem in either country. If you go to the area of Australia where there are lots of Aboriginals, you might well see more racism but those places are not indicative of Australia as a whole.
I take anti-Aboriginal feeling very seriously - my mother was an activist during the freedom ride days of the 1960s and I was one myself (or as much as a military officer could get away with) during the land rights era of the 1970s and 1980s and I honestly don’t think it’s a major problem here anymore. We used to be almost as bad as South Africa until about 1970, but things have changed dramatically especially over the last twenty five years. There are still issues to be resolved and even if the racism totally vanished, a lot of damage still needs to be repaired but overall we’re doing pretty well now.
Classism is actually an issue in this recent case as well - the people who were responsible for the abuse directed at the French women have been categorised in the media as ‘bogans’ which is a very similar group to British chavs in terms of background and outlook.
I still remember the day we got to Montreal as EVERY canadian who applied for green cards are herded to the city when there’s a US embassy in almost every major city in canada. Go figger’..
Just remember kiddies, if you are in any Quebec city, they speak English as a courtesy to you but once you are out of the city limits, no one will bother speaking English.