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PM's 'redneck' remark draws Alabama fury
Nine News ^ | April 2, 2010 | Peter Mitchell

Posted on 04/01/2010 6:29:19 PM PDT by myknowledge

Furious Alabama residents have hit out at Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and demanded he issue an apology for his "redneck" comment.

US media organisations, including the New York Times and FOX News, picked up Rudd's remarks, which followed US comedian Robin Williams joking "Australians are basically English rednecks".

Alabama newspaper, the Birmingham News, ran an "Australia vs Alabama" headline on the most prominent section of its website and asked readers to comment.

They did not hold back, with one accusing Rudd of making a "racial epithet" while another wrote "if it weren't for some Alabamians fighting in the war, the Australians would be speaking Japanese".

"I'm going to go to the zoo and punch a kangaroo in protest," another wrote on the Birmingham News site.

"I spent a month in Australia.

"Ninety-five per cent of it is a desert wasteland and looks like a Mad Max dump. There is a good reason Britain sent its criminals there."

The furore began earlier in the week when Williams, who just returned from a two week trip to Australia, appeared on Dave Letterman's US TV talkshow and joked that Australians are basically English rednecks.

Rudd, during an interview on Eddie Maguire's Triple M radio show, responded by saying: "First of all, I think Robin Williams should go and spend a bit of time in Alabama before he frames comments about anyone being particularly redneck".

Alabama Governor Bob Riley waded in on Wednesday by defending the people of his state as "decent, hard working, creative people".

Rudd should expect plenty of irate emails and comments on his Facebook page with links to both pasted on the Birmingham News site.

"Calling someone a redneck is the equivalent of a racial epithet," a reader wrote.

"Australian prime minister and Robin Williams should apologise."

Another wrote on the site: "The prime minister should call with an apology".

The war of the words is not the only Australia vs Alabama battle, with the Alabama government furious about last year's 18 month jail sentence handed down by the Queensland judicial system to Alabama resident Gabe Watson for the manslaughter of his wife during a honeymoon scuba diving trip on the Great Barrier Reef in 2003.

An "extremely upset" Alabama Attorney-General Troy King is investigating whether he can prosecute Watson in Alabama in what could be a death penalty case.

Some Alabamians agreed with Rudd's redneck comment and defended Australia.

"I have been to Australia several times and it is a modern progressive society with strict environmental laws and good schools," a reader wrote.

"Basically the polar opposite of nasty Alabama. The PM nailed Alabama perfectly."

Another wrote: "I also have been to Australia and was amazed at the beauty and friendliness of the country and the people.

"Most nations remember how Alabama at one time treated the blacks in Selma, Montgomery and Birmingham - they have a perfect right to view us as a bunch of rednecks, and unfortunately, they are largely correct!"


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: alabama; australia; kevinrudd; redneck
Stereotyping the Alabamans and Australians again...

...by KRudd.

1 posted on 04/01/2010 6:29:19 PM PDT by myknowledge
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Keeping the people of Alabama informed!

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2 posted on 04/01/2010 6:39:38 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: bamahead

3 posted on 04/01/2010 6:40:27 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: myknowledge

If Mr Rudd thinks there are rednecks in Alabama he’s obviously never been to west of the Blue Mountains. They got rednecks - ranchers, miners, truckers and... uh, professional women. Think Eastern Nevada only BIG. Fun place actually. Watch the snakes.


4 posted on 04/01/2010 6:40:51 PM PDT by InABunkerUnderSF (California -- Ya es como Mexico)
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To: myknowledge

Mr Rudd could have perhaps said something different but Robin Williams is an ass. Of course whites are fair game.


5 posted on 04/01/2010 6:40:52 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: myknowledge

***”Calling someone a redneck is the equivalent of a racial epithet,” a reader wrote. ****

When did “White Trash” become respectable and “Redneck” take it’s place?


6 posted on 04/01/2010 6:45:52 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Obama's vision for America...Green shoots and skittles, where pancakes grow on fritter trees.)
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To: myknowledge

I MUST BE A REDNECK ‘CAUSE I’M NOT UPSET AT ANYBODY!


7 posted on 04/01/2010 6:48:16 PM PDT by donna (SarahPAC has donated money to...(wait for it)...Lindsey Graham!)
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To: myknowledge
"Most nations remember how Alabama at one time treated the blacks in Selma, Montgomery and Birmingham..."

...and aborigines only got the right to vote in 1962...

8 posted on 04/01/2010 6:48:19 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: myknowledge

Now, wait. The rednecks of Alabama are upset at being referred to as rednecks????


9 posted on 04/01/2010 6:49:20 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: myknowledge
An "extremely upset" Alabama Attorney-General Troy King is investigating whether he can prosecute Watson in Alabama in what could be a death penalty case.

Thereby earning the title of red neck A.G.

Like the Aussie sentence or not, there was no crime committed in Alabama.

10 posted on 04/01/2010 6:51:15 PM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: myknowledge

Why in the world do people watch or care about anything said by either Robin Williams or David Letterman??


11 posted on 04/01/2010 6:52:30 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Prayers for the Ft. Hood families, victims and soldiers.)
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To: prairiebreeze

‘Coz they’re libbie airheads?


12 posted on 04/01/2010 6:54:58 PM PDT by myknowledge (B.H. Obama's just a frontman. A frontman for who? The globalist elite, stupid!)
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To: TornadoAlley3

If you stare for hours at a can of frozen orange juice because the label says “CONCENTRATE,” you might be a redneck.


13 posted on 04/01/2010 6:55:11 PM PDT by fatnotlazy (Never forget!)
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To: myknowledge

All of you folks, LIGHTEN UP!!!

This kind of hysterical pantie-twisting histrionics is for Dems and Libs.

Sit down, drink your beer and chill out!


14 posted on 04/01/2010 7:05:21 PM PDT by Ronin
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To: myknowledge

Actually, that is what the British think about Australians (LOL)....I have heard it from them many times.


15 posted on 04/01/2010 7:31:00 PM PDT by Aussiebabe
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To: Ronin
This is high comedy! Australia gets insulted, so the Aussie PM fires back and insults Alabama in the process. Now Alabama is firing back.

I wish the Alabama governor would say something like, "The Aussies are no better than your typical prick from New York." Heh!

16 posted on 04/01/2010 7:35:36 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Joe 6-pack
Australians also used drive around in their pickups with aboriginal skulls on their dashboards...now that's redneck.

Not only did Australians rob graves to send aboriginal specimens to the British Musuem, according to writings of Edward Ramsey (Australian curator of the Syndney Museum), fresh "samples" were appreciated and he also gave tips on how to 'plug' bullet wounds.

17 posted on 04/01/2010 7:45:38 PM PDT by constitutiongirl ("Nietzsche was stupid and abnormal."---Leo Tolstoy)
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To: constitutiongirl

which followed US comedian Robin Williams joking “Australians are basically English rednecks”.

ok....that was pretty funny. : )


18 posted on 04/01/2010 7:48:21 PM PDT by Hammerhead
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To: bamahead

I spent 7 years in UCLA...Upper Corner of Lower Alabama...ie Pensacola area...and Redneck isn’t considered such a bad thing there.

Or should I say not such a bad thang there?


19 posted on 04/01/2010 7:48:29 PM PDT by Eagle Eye (The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it is still on my list.)
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To: fatnotlazy

Or go into seizures because the bottle says “shake well”...?


20 posted on 04/01/2010 7:49:51 PM PDT by Eagle Eye (The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it is still on my list.)
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To: myknowledge
"Ninety-five per cent of it is a desert wasteland and looks like a Mad Max dump. There is a good reason Britain sent its criminals there." Growing up in such an environment leads to thickening of the skin, along with reddening of the back of the neck due to sun exposure. Are we a bunch of rednecks? yes. Do we care if we're called rednecks? No. Is Mad-Max the best aussie movie of all time? Abso-f'n-lutely! ....where's my beer? :^)
21 posted on 04/01/2010 8:03:58 PM PDT by AussieJoe
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To: Aussiebabe

“Actually, that is what the British think about Australians (LOL)....I have heard it from them many times.”

It’s true, they do think that about us... If they could play cricket or footy we’d probably care what they think.

Now, where’s my beer? my mouth is dry as a pommie’s towel.


22 posted on 04/01/2010 8:07:45 PM PDT by AussieJoe
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To: constitutiongirl

“Not only did Australians rob graves to send aboriginal specimens to the British Musuem, according to writings of Edward Ramsey (Australian curator of the Syndney Museum), fresh “samples” were appreciated and he also gave tips on how to ‘plug’ bullet wounds.”

You know why we used to call aboriginals ‘boongs’? because that’s the sound they made when they ricochet off the bull-bar.


23 posted on 04/01/2010 8:10:06 PM PDT by AussieJoe
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To: bamahead

I can’t believe no one has posted the YouTube of Rudd eating his earwax during Question Time.


24 posted on 04/01/2010 8:13:30 PM PDT by Southern Partisan (One issue voter...and it ain't abortion.)
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To: AussieJoe
I would have to go with 'Breaker Morant'. There was another good film around that time called 'The Club'. It had some of the same actors as were in 'Breaker'.
25 posted on 04/01/2010 8:39:16 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: AussieJoe

“Rule number two: no mistreating the Abos while anyone’s watching.”


26 posted on 04/01/2010 8:41:27 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: myknowledge

Australia and Alabama...giving Mississippi a rest. Thanks.


27 posted on 04/01/2010 8:58:40 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Slings and Arrows
"I'm going to go to the zoo and punch a kangaroo in protest," another wrote on the Birmingham News site.

Not enough attention has been given to this gem.

28 posted on 04/01/2010 9:18:57 PM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (To view the FR@Alabama ping list, click on my profile!)
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To: myknowledge

First off, Robin Williams has had 4 vessel heart bypass, and heart disease brought on by his chronic use of cocaine and alcohol. Other than being an excellent mimic, his knowledge of “rednecks” is without basis, but a simple place to go to make fun of working people... which he has never been. A redneck as a term has always been a proud one in the South. In 1891 it referred to working people and rural folks, farmers, who got necks red from the sun. A term of pride of place and hard work. Only a bigot like Williams could come up with this description of Australians. Australians were sent there as punishment- Van Deemans land. And they are way tougher than most Brits, period, and our most loyal allies for decades.
The term “redneck” was also used in The West Virginia Coal Miners March (1921) in the Battle of Blair Mountain when the coal miners wore red bandannas around their necks to identify themselves as seeking the opportunity to unionize. There was no derogatory implication at all, and the federal government sent US troops with machine guns and aircraft dropping bombs to kill hundreds of them, and help the mine owners, political friends of Warren G. Harding and the criminal sheriff of Mingo County, WV. In this part of the world, redneck is very much a term of great pride. Neither Williams or Rudd would know that, and both are aholes.


29 posted on 04/01/2010 9:53:05 PM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

Beautiful.


30 posted on 04/01/2010 10:31:02 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (FUBO! FUNP! FUHR! FUBS!)
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To: Ken H

“I would have to go with ‘Breaker Morant’. There was another good film around that time called ‘The Club’. It had some of the same actors as were in ‘Breaker’.”

Breaker Morant is an all-time classic, but I’m just not that cultured..... During the court martial scene I was yelling at Morant “jump the guard, take his .303 and start blasting away.... take out the other guard with a kick to the family jewels!” alas, it was not to be.


31 posted on 04/02/2010 12:06:54 AM PDT by AussieJoe
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To: donna

LOL!

Me, either. ;o)


32 posted on 04/02/2010 12:14:28 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (WE DAT!)
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To: SoldierDad

There’s a reason that my reply is the only reply to your post.

I hope you figure it out soon.

BTW, we have manners...


33 posted on 04/02/2010 12:16:42 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (WE DAT!)
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To: Ronin

Thank you!


34 posted on 04/02/2010 12:17:30 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (WE DAT!)
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To: SoldierDad

“Now, wait. The rednecks of Alabama are upset at being referred to as rednecks????”

They shouldn’t be upset at all, the stats indicate that proportionally Alabama and Australia have the same number of deaths preceded by “hold my beer and watch this...” so we obviously have a lot in common.


35 posted on 04/02/2010 12:30:53 AM PDT by AussieJoe
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To: myknowledge
Australians need to get in line behind Norwegians


36 posted on 04/02/2010 12:32:42 AM PDT by Dagnabitt (What (child) would Mohammad do?)
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To: myknowledge

Just wait until they find out the differencebetween a ‘cracker’ and a saltine...


37 posted on 04/02/2010 12:38:36 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

I fail to see what fireworks have to do with this.


38 posted on 04/02/2010 10:51:50 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (great thing about being a cynic: you can enjoy being proved wrong)
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To: Oztrich Boy

Fireworks: the other other ‘cracker’...


39 posted on 04/02/2010 11:01:14 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: dixiechick2000; John S Mosby

1) I suggest you read post #29.

2) Post #35 was pinged to me after this one

3) I’ve been to Alabama, and Georgia. I’m aware that many people in the south posses manners. However, judging from your judgemental post to me, I’m not sure I’d place you among them. You, at the very least, seem incapable of understanding humor. Seems that your screen name was aptly chosen - you appear to have much in common with the DitsyChicks.


40 posted on 04/02/2010 12:57:56 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: Eagle Eye

LOL

If when you mow your lawn, you find a car — you might be a redneck.


41 posted on 04/02/2010 3:55:02 PM PDT by fatnotlazy (Never forget!)
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To: fatnotlazy
"when you mow your lawn, you find a car — you might be a redneck."

I've always gotten a kick out of Jeff Foxworthy's "You might be a redneck..." list, here's one of my favorites.

"If your front porch collapses and kills more than five dogs-you might be a redneck."

42 posted on 04/02/2010 4:19:34 PM PDT by Mila
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To: John S Mosby
You are absolutely correct, necks sunburned from working in the sun. Many of those southerners were of Scot/Irish extraction and had fair skin. Mr. Ditter r one!
43 posted on 04/02/2010 4:29:27 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Mila

I seem to remember a term from the early 50’s -

Ditch diggers tan....guess that was the NY version of a redneck.....


44 posted on 04/02/2010 4:29:40 PM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98 ) FIRE ALL INCUMBENTS)
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To: Mila

LOL

Or....

If you have a set of salad bowls, and they all say “Cool Whip” on the side, you might be a redneck.


45 posted on 04/02/2010 6:17:05 PM PDT by fatnotlazy (Never forget!)
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To: AussieJoe

I always thought the bull-bar was for kangaroos.;)


46 posted on 04/02/2010 8:24:33 PM PDT by constitutiongirl ("Nietzsche was stupid and abnormal."---Leo Tolstoy)
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To: SoldierDad

First...Southerners are allowed to call each other “redneck”, and be proud of it. Folks from CA...not so much. Your post was a “put down” if I’ve ever seen one.

You’ve been to AL and GA...your “humor” wouldn’t be considered as such, and wouldn’t be appreciated.

My screen name has absolutely nothing to do with the DCs...if you’d been around long enough, you would know that.


47 posted on 04/03/2010 12:00:00 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (WE DAT!)
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To: fatnotlazy
"If you have a set of salad bowls, and they all say “Cool Whip” on the side, you might be a redneck."

Excellent!

48 posted on 04/03/2010 12:38:06 AM PDT by Mila
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To: dixiechick2000
Got news for you girl. Use of the word "redneck" isn't the providence of only those who live in the south. It's a term used to describe lots of people all across this nation, including here in CA.

Another news flash. You don't get to decide whether my comments are a put down or not. You may take it as a put down, but you don't get to decide what my meaning is.

You don't want to be associated with the DC's, then stop acting like them.

49 posted on 04/03/2010 1:47:25 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: InABunkerUnderSF

Robin Williams is nothing more than a hyperactive jackass who is no longer funny.........Rudd should have flown over and slapped him........


50 posted on 04/03/2010 1:50:11 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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