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Australian PM reacts to Robin Williams 'redneck' jibe
BBC ^ | 3/31/10

Posted on 03/31/2010 3:56:18 PM PDT by LibWhacker

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1 posted on 03/31/2010 3:56:18 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

I think its kinda funny but I’m a redneck.


2 posted on 03/31/2010 3:57:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: LibWhacker

“I think Robin Williams should go and spend a little time in Alabama before he frames comments about people being particularly redneck,” said Mr Rudd.”

Huh?


3 posted on 03/31/2010 3:57:38 PM PDT by jessduntno ( If someone calls me racist, I reply "you are just saying that because I'm white!")
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To: LibWhacker

What does Rudd have against Alabama?


4 posted on 03/31/2010 3:58:14 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: cripplecreek

So does Foxworthy have another one now? “You might be a redneck if you like Vegemite.”


5 posted on 03/31/2010 3:59:20 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats, the party of evil. Republicans, the party of stupid.)
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To: LibWhacker

Alabama...? Well if that isn’t a British redneck thing to say! or maybe just an Australian jackass thing.


6 posted on 03/31/2010 3:59:28 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (STOP the Tyrananny State.)
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To: LibWhacker

He’s so mad that he then says the same thing about those living in Alabama...ok then.


7 posted on 03/31/2010 4:00:22 PM PDT by jackv (The darkness hates the light!)
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To: LibWhacker

Y’know...I used to LIKE Robin Williams.

Now he’s gone and stepped on his crank with the old golf shoes with this one.


8 posted on 03/31/2010 4:00:37 PM PDT by hoagy62 (.)
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To: LibWhacker

Maybe a bunch of us could be rednecks there. It’s for sure, none of us can throw rocks. All I need is a single link to one ancestor who was sent to Austrailia instead of the Colonies. I’d apply for an extended Visa.


9 posted on 03/31/2010 4:00:43 PM PDT by Monkey Face (I wear a yellow ribbon for my Army Hero grandson and the warrior goddess of the Coasties)
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To: LibWhacker

Redneck is a compliment


10 posted on 03/31/2010 4:02:17 PM PDT by Jack Wilson
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To: LibWhacker

There are good people in both Alabama and Australia, and there are rich and famous people who are, in reality, festering pustules of rancid vomit.


11 posted on 03/31/2010 4:03:36 PM PDT by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: LibWhacker

Hmm, he’s saying that if Robin goes to Alabama he’ll see that the ‘rednecks’ there are far inferior to the people of Australia. You Sir, owe Alabama an apology. You snob!


12 posted on 03/31/2010 4:04:06 PM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: LibWhacker

I think Kevin Rudd just stuck his foot in his mouth.


13 posted on 03/31/2010 4:04:08 PM PDT by Bahbah (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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To: hoagy62

Robin Williams is an actor who has had little acclaim. His talents are beyond the norm. His personal life and views are of no concern to me, as long as he isn’t a left-leaning Michale Moore wannabee.

Give him credit where credit is due.


14 posted on 03/31/2010 4:04:18 PM PDT by Monkey Face (I wear a yellow ribbon for my Army Hero grandson and the warrior goddess of the Coasties)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
Few are laughing in Australia following Robin Williams' joke that its people are "basically English rednecks". His remarks, made on The Late Show with David Letterman...
Too late to boycott Letterman, and Robin Williams hasn't been funny in over twenty years.
15 posted on 03/31/2010 4:06:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: cripplecreek

Hey, you might be a redneck if you laugh at redneck jokes.

One of the most redeeming qualities of a redneck.


16 posted on 03/31/2010 4:07:10 PM PDT by Persevero (Ask yourself: "What does the Left want me to do?" Then go do the opposite.)
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To: hoagy62

I used to like him too, but he’s gotten very lazy since roughly time time of his deserved Oscar for Good Will Hunting. He is rarely funny or, in terms of results, talented anymore.

Just look at his last several years’ of film work, for example:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Williams#Filmography

Other than the extremely dark One Hour Photo, none of it was both good AND drew much interest. (And even One Hour Photo didn’t do well, even for an arthouse flick.)


17 posted on 03/31/2010 4:08:06 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: Monkey Face

Oh, no doubt! The Oscar he got for “Good Will Hunting” was well deserved. His skills at improv are unmatched.

Far a time (during the Carter administration), he certainly made noises that he was a Republican. He doesn’t anymore. However, he hasn’t gone the way of Michael Moore.


18 posted on 03/31/2010 4:11:38 PM PDT by hoagy62 (.)
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To: jackv

Exactly.

Robin Williams says an idiotic remark insulting the people of Australia, and then the Australian prime minister makes an idiotic remark insulting the people of Alabama.

Robin Williams and Austalian prime minister Kevin Rudd are two peas in a pod....they’re both a couple of aholes.


19 posted on 03/31/2010 4:16:10 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation ("And when the Antichrist comes, millions will love him." Remind you of anyone?)
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To: LibWhacker

According to Miss Manners, (Judith Martin in the WP), the only people who can make jokes about a certain group are members of that group. Hence, you have Eddie Murphy making jokes about blacks, Jeff Foxworthy making jokes about rednecks, etc.. What is taboo, is to make jokes about a group to which you don’t belong.


20 posted on 03/31/2010 4:18:00 PM PDT by sportutegrl (VETO PROOF MAJORITY IN 2010)
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To: LibWhacker

Hold on a sec skippy. The lowlife scumbag PM just insulted one of my states....and to this I hope all the mussie scum in that country continue their rape and murder! Go ahead mussies ...enjoy yourselves!!!! Go after all facets of Aussie life!


21 posted on 03/31/2010 4:20:41 PM PDT by rrrod
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To: LibWhacker; Slings and Arrows
"I think Robin Williams should go and spend a little time in Alabama before he frames comments about people being particularly redneck," said Mr Rudd.

LOL! The PM of Australia said that???

22 posted on 03/31/2010 4:23:33 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: LibWhacker

Williams is just making a harmless joke. Rudd should have said, “Sounds like a harmless joke to me. I’d like to invite Robin to come visit us here down under for a bit of fun. THEN he can joke about us, ha ha!”

But that would require class and poise.

Can you imagine an American politician, in Rudd’s shoes, taking a shot at Tasmania? It’s rude and foolish and, above all, just unnecessary.


23 posted on 03/31/2010 4:23:35 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: LibWhacker

Hey, wait.

Tomorrow is April 1st......


24 posted on 03/31/2010 4:25:10 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: LibWhacker

I hope Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will remember that a Southern man don’t need him around anyhow.


25 posted on 03/31/2010 4:25:56 PM PDT by The Cajun (Mind numbed robot , ditto-head, Hannitized, Levinite)
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To: hoagy62

I’ll watch any movie with him in it, as long as I know he is still conservative. With his brains, I can’t believe he could be suckered in by his Hollywierd neighbors.

I’ve been a conservative for plenty of years. I just had no idea that that related to being a “Republican.”


26 posted on 03/31/2010 4:27:01 PM PDT by Monkey Face (I wear a yellow ribbon for my Army Hero grandson and the warrior goddess of the Coasties)
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To: sportutegrl
...What is taboo, is to make jokes about a group to which you don’t belong.

I'm a mongrel. Therefore, I can joke about any group, ethnic or not.

27 posted on 03/31/2010 4:29:13 PM PDT by Monkey Face (I wear a yellow ribbon for my Army Hero grandson and the warrior goddess of the Coasties)
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To: Monkey Face

I beat up on Norwegians because those herring shuckers always get a pass.


28 posted on 03/31/2010 4:31:45 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

Except, Robin Williams is a comedian (of sorts) and making jokes like this is part of how he makes his living.
Rudd is a head of government in first world nation. He should know better and should act in a manner appropriate to his role. Rudd’s comments were completely unprofessional, Wheras Williams’ were entirely professional in the context of his role...


29 posted on 03/31/2010 4:35:35 PM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: ReneeLynn
are far inferior to the people of Australia.

I thought Rudd may have meant that at first. But maybe he was just trying to say they are completely different kinds of people? So why would anyone compare rednecks and Australians? Kind of like comparing Norwegians and Apaches. Perplexing.

One thing is certain: Williams did most certainly mean what he said as an insult.

30 posted on 03/31/2010 4:37:05 PM PDT by LibWhacker (America awake!)
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To: cripplecreek

Hey...Norwegians deserve whatever comes their ways. They want to rape, pillage, and plunder, then they shouldn’t be surprised when the nights bring more than darkness....


31 posted on 03/31/2010 4:37:32 PM PDT by Monkey Face (I wear a yellow ribbon for my Army Hero grandson and the warrior goddess of the Coasties)
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To: hoagy62
Now he’s gone and stepped on his crank with the old golf shoes with this one.

Williams stepped on his crank years ago..........

32 posted on 03/31/2010 4:39:38 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: Monkey Face; libwacker

I remember going to see the movie Muriel’s Wedding years ago. This is an Australian movie. Muriel was from a town called Porpoise Pit. One of my friends couldn’t get over that Australia had “white trash” too, referring to the characters from Porpoise Pit.


33 posted on 03/31/2010 4:41:19 PM PDT by PrincessB ("if government X-rays are anything like the photos the DMV takes for your license, count me out" A.)
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To: PrincessB; FriendDownUnder

Whatever Oz has, some of it is my heritage, and I’d love to see how it fits in with my family line!!


34 posted on 03/31/2010 4:46:05 PM PDT by Monkey Face (I wear a yellow ribbon for my Army Hero grandson and the warrior goddess of the Coasties)
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To: Jack Wilson

I prefer Appalachian-American. Classy.


35 posted on 03/31/2010 4:57:47 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (And if that ain't true, grits ain't groceries.)
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Vertical country William?


36 posted on 03/31/2010 5:00:10 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Persevero

Hey, you might be a redneck if you laugh at redneck jokes.

One of the most redeeming qualities of a redneck.

Anybody calls me a redneck, I’m gonna take the shotgun out
of the rack in my truck and.......


37 posted on 03/31/2010 5:03:16 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (What's "My Struggle" in Kenyan?)
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To: LibWhacker

The Aussies that I know here in Shanghai think it’s kind of funny and true! Australia started out as a penal colony for cryin out loud - they’re not Lords and Ladies down there!


38 posted on 03/31/2010 5:03:49 PM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the Sting of Truth is the defense of the indefensible)
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To: fanfan
Tomorrow is April 1st......

What do you mean "tomorrow"? It's already April 1st in Australia and much of Asia!

At least Australia and the US - those redneck countries - have timezones unlike here in China, which is big enough to need 4 timezones but mandates just one...

39 posted on 03/31/2010 5:06:16 PM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the Sting of Truth is the defense of the indefensible)
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To: fanfan
Few are laughing in Australia following Robin Williams' joke that its people are "basically English rednecks".

LOL! The PM of Australia said that???

Yeah. Rudd's a drongo

For the record Williams was recently in Australia as a voice actor in Happy Feet 2. He was giving Letterman his view of Australia and Australians. It was funny and disturbingly accurate.

40 posted on 03/31/2010 5:23:09 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (great thing about being a cynic: you can enjoy being proved wrong.)
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But what about Dame Edna? Surely she is no redneck!
41 posted on 03/31/2010 5:24:24 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: Oztrich Boy
Sorry The quote in the post above should have been

"I think Robin Williams should go and spend a little time in Alabama before he frames comments about people being particularly redneck," said Mr Rudd.

42 posted on 03/31/2010 5:26:03 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (great thing about being a cynic: you can enjoy being proved wrong.)
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To: Oztrich Boy
OK 2 posts above

Ans Rudd is still a drongo

43 posted on 03/31/2010 5:26:57 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (great thing about being a cynic: you can enjoy being proved wrong.)
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To: PugetSoundSoldier

Precisely the point, my dear Watson!

April Fools Day. “:-D


44 posted on 03/31/2010 5:29:06 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: Monkey Face

Well, on his first album “Reality...What A Concept”, he out-an-out said he was Republican. AFAIK, he has NEVER said he was conservative. He might not be a liberal, but I suspect he’s more left-leaning libertarian. (Ooh, now THERE’S a mouthful!)


45 posted on 03/31/2010 5:29:07 PM PDT by hoagy62 (.)
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To: Oztrich Boy

Disturbing in what way?


46 posted on 03/31/2010 5:33:23 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: cripplecreek

I’m an Australian – and I agree. We are proud rednecks. Unfortunately, our PM is leftwing metrosexual with no sense of humour.


47 posted on 03/31/2010 5:53:31 PM PDT by AustralianConservative
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To: fanfan

In a “It’s funny ‘cos it’s true” way


48 posted on 03/31/2010 5:54:24 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (great thing about being a cynic: you can enjoy being proved wrong.)
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Appropriate...I think I have more in common with the rural Aussies than I do with the Brits...and I am a redneck born in Wigan, Lancashire, currently living in Mississippi.
49 posted on 03/31/2010 6:31:00 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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>>>”One thing is certain: Williams did most certainly mean what he said as an insult.”

I briefly watched him on Rove McManus a couple of years ago on Aussie TV, and just switched to another channel because Williams came across as quite pathetic then. I think he has finally lost it. I guess Letterman is a good show to lose it on. As usual they can come out and relate to each other.


50 posted on 03/31/2010 6:55:22 PM PDT by odds
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