What is a Bogan Today?

An excellent question. It is time to bring to the world’s attention the means by which we can keep the world’s bogans happy. The word bogan has had a bad rap of late – still associated with wife beaters, flannelette, VB, utes and mullets. But this conceals the new, modern bogan. The bogan with money. The bogan with aspirations. The bogan with Ed Hardy t-shirts. And this is no mere Australian phenomenon – in the US, you have rednecks, in the UK, chavs. While there are variations, the crux of the discussion remains the same.

The bogan today defies income, class, race, creed, gender and logic. The bogan is defined by what it does, what it says and, most importantly, what it buys. Those who choose to deny the bogan on the basis of their North Shore home, their stockbroking career or their massive trust fund choose not to see the bogan. They merely see old class battles revisited. Likewise, the bogan is no mere ‘tradie’. Even if tradies remained low-income workers, many bogans are affluent. And they set themselves apart by their efforts to stand out by conforming as furiously, and conspicuously, as possible.

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Here at Things Bogans Like, we want to make your visit as pleasant as possible. Considering that you’ve already decided whether you like us or not, we’ve streamlined the process to enable you to get the validation that you require from your web browsing experience. Please select your affirmation from the options below. Reading more than one will break the internet.

If you need confirmation that we’re arseholes
We who are responsible for this are not self-aware bogans. We are not like Woody Allen making Jewish jokes. We are snobs. Hipsters. We mock these people out of sheer spite and an infuriating sense of self-superiority. We are very young, very white, and total arseholes. And that’s how we like it.

If you need confirmation that we’re lovely
We who are responsible for this are self-aware bogans. We are like Woody Allen making Jewish jokes. We are not snobs. Not hipsters. We not mock these people out of sheer not spite and a not infuriating sense of not self-superiority. We are not very young, not very white, and not total arseholes. And that’s how we not like it.

If you like reading chunks of text that have been fed through four online language translations (English>Spanish>French>Greek>English)
Who are persons in charge of this they are not bogans in deed. We are not as Woody Allen that returns juives jokes. We are snobs. Inconformistas. We outside imitate in them worlds from the bitterness escarpé and d’? a meaning of fury self-superiority. Very new sums, same I supplement globally void, and arseholes. AND celui-là it is how we have his flavour.

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1,412 responses

6 08 2012
Peter Lewis

Stop being so judgmental about brogans guys ! I am one that’s why

25 07 2013
kirk

don’t visit if you don’t like! easy- well, it is for a non bogan brain :)

19 09 2012
Matt

I love this site! You guys rock my world!

21 09 2012
Peter Allison

I live in a dumb-down country town where bogans proliferate. Such a shame when this land was trying to be the so called “clever country” once upon a time. The moronic mentality derived from convict spawn has taken root and now all that matters is football, booze and gambling. I have given up. Now the only thing to look forward to is a total collapse of this false economy which supports the bogan ethic. Maybe then we will come to realize we have nothing more to offer the planet than huge holes in the ground that makes ugly, fat, billionaires even richer. It’s time we woke up.

11 12 2013
TechinBris

What you just described is what Rupee Murderch as spent $$$$$billions to create through is Media holdings.
It’s profitable (for him) and makes the people docile to his machinations to make sure we are powerless to stop he and his friends making us slaves to their desires. He also bullies our Nation to vote for those that will do his bidding.
What does Australia want? Beer, TV and money for popping out kids. We’ll kill for it. *cringe*
You have the Internet, you have to tool to escape his crap. Turn off the TV and use the Internet and discover an amazing world and different ways to do things. It’s much better. (Yeah, this is dangerous to say this in a site like this. Meh! We all live dangerously)

12 01 2014
edgie

Sorry mate, but not even all bogans like football or any sport anymore. Of course they will all wear the NBA snapbacks and jump on the bandwagon when their team is in the finals, or Clarky is belting the poms, but in reality, the new bogan cares little for the sporting world. It has pussy to slay, cunts to bash, booze to drink, and cars to add chevy badges to.

14 10 2012
j baker

please tell me how to contact you i wish to talk about a name

9 11 2012
Peter Allison
2 12 2012
B Maiden

A woman I know was shopping at Westfield Tuggerah today when she spotted a bogan bride & entourage queued up to sit on Santa’s knee for a photo. Ignoring the bride-and-bridesmaids-sitting-on-Santa’s-knee-for-a-photo angle for a brief moment, WTF was a bridal party doing wandering through a shopping centre??

23 01 2013
franz chong

Not Sure about what you observed but it sure sounded strange.For Starters only parents with children under the age of 10 are allowed to sit on Santa’s Knee for a picture and to ask what they want for Christmas.After that It’s just wrong.

25 07 2013
kirk

free wedding pictures- DUH!

14 12 2012
Peter Allison

The problem with bogans is their great ability to breed. We need to discourage them from drinking beer and spirits mixed with coca-cola which apparently some non-existent deity provided the bogan to be able to have sex.

30 12 2012
Jamie Williamson

Pretentious website. Bogans are actually nice people . Sure they may not like ballet and subtitled films. Instead they like drinking cheap domestic beer and watching motor sports , but what is wrong with that? Bogans are not racist rednecks any more than highly educated twats who live in lush suburbs who vote liberal where they will tip rubbish over the front garden if an actual refo moved into their suburbs. People who hate on bogans are fuckwits who engage in class . Such snobs generally have very little cultural cache other than knowing which commercial brands impress their trend following mates.

2 02 2013
Chris

I think you got traditional bogans mixed with the new age bogans.

20 02 2013
Sandy

Love your reply!

25 07 2013
kirk

‘bogans are actually nice people’? Who is pretentious and generalising? you are saying that all people that you classify as a bogan are nice??? dude, wake up and smell the… erm… VB? If you don’t like this site, that’s totally cool. go look at pro bogan sites, sir!

14 01 2014
Moo

The Bogan is a brain-dead sub-sapien with no empathy for anything apart from Bundy, V8s and designer drugs. They have less morals than Albert Speer and the social skills of a Neanderthal with a toothache. They are consumed by all that is awesomely stupid, patently cheap, utterly meaningless and violently thoughtless. They are misunderstood because there is nothing to understand. They breed at an alarming rate, not unlike patients in a mental institution, or flesh eating zombies that drag a foot along the ground because they do not have full control over their actions. This is why so many of them wait on the footpath outside nightclubs at 3am. They are too stupid and slow to do anything else, unless it’s abuse the kid at Macdonalds or piss-punch some kid waiting for a kebab. Without long terms of imprisonment Boganism may become the national character. In prison at least they can lead useful lives folding cardboard boxes or making gravel.

11 02 2014
"Classy kunt"

Beautifully said! Bogans are an interesting species. They embrace anti-intellectualism, anti-respect-anti-authority, anti-manners, and anti-empathy in their everyday lives. They are typically a braindead bunch, who have nothing more to look forward to than getting pissed every weekend, harassing/beating others up, being xenophobic towards other cultures, and getting knocked up at a young age (as an “achievement”). “Bogans are actualyl nice people”??? Puh-lease. Wake up from your dream.

2 01 2013
anon

The media, the news, talk show hosts, adverts and the radio are partly to blame for creating these bogans and find it acceptable. My filipino friend was converted into a bogan when he posted instagram photos of himself on facebook showing off his muscles with other men hugging each other and himself in the mirror, alcohol, slutty girls, shows off ute, diamond earing etc just a huge ego boost. Please people don’t let this happen to you.

I really tried to get to him but his uncultural moron and needs to be put down

2 01 2013
Tony Bogan

I’m a yankee Bogan. I’m so bogan my last name is Bogan.

3 01 2013
Nelson Esq

TBL #754 Towing. If you can tow it behind the bright green VE SS ute or Hi-Lux work ute, the bogan loves it; caravan, fishing boat, ski boat, jetski, work trailer, horse float, motorbike trailer…

12 01 2013
franz chong

Whatever did happen to the Shire?Be thankful we still have Geordie Shore Alright that’s British but pretty similar concept though

27 01 2013
baraholka1

Hi TBL,

I think Boganism is a spectrum, not a syndrome. See here .

Also in regard to #241 Cruise Ships, Bogans like them because they can’t get caught by the RBT coming home hence they can sink bulk slabs of VB unhindered 24×7 for the entire journey and (this is living) you can spew over the side whenever necessary and keep partying hard.

Best Regards,

Barra

12 02 2013
Nelson O'Neil

Put something up about VR commodores haha

21 02 2013
franz chong

I can describe VR Commodores.Those Things are heavy on Fuel and Garbage to Drive.I had the misfortune of driving one on loan from a Crash Repairer some years back when my regular four cylinder Nissan was in for some repair work and It was like a Rice Barge by comparison to the Tiida I normally drive at the time.Boy was I pleased to hand it back after those few days and get back to a 1800cc Econobox.

27 05 2014
Gary

well done you are comparing a car made in 1996 with your much newer Nissan ( probably one of the more boring cars available in any category ). The Holden was actually a pretty sensible vehicle, and it can tow the Fishin boat for bogans, or the double horse float for those pompous idiots who hog the arena at the royal show while the crowd is waiting for the monster trucks.
I admire people who are willing to wear comfortable warm slippers in public , despite what they look like.
When you think about it, you’d have to be a moron to try to keep up with a stupid concept like fashion.

27 02 2013
Simon

http://sydney-central.whereilive.com.au/photos/gallery/tattoo-festival-penrith/

The normally shy bogan in its natural habitat, very rare footage.

2 03 2013
martin

There is simply no hope given this is what we have to work with.

8 03 2013
Beeky

And don’t they say hope dies last? Which reminds me why I won’t go anywhere near Penrith every again … if I can help it.

3 03 2013
Simon - Glasser at Arms

Wall to wall phuckwits.

4 03 2013
martin

The Chinese have become bogans on a biblical scale.

http://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2013/03/60-minutes-does-chinas-property-bubble/

5 04 2013
Not a bogan

Bogans are part of Australia’s identiy – You can take the Bogan out of Australia but you can’t the Australia out of the Bogan

6 08 2013
pete

sadly, Aust. is shifting from bogans (who I despise) and the film deliverance. Oh, being bogan has nothing to do about income (thought it is part of it); it is about a lack of culture, education, ignorance, lack of respect to others and addition to pop culture. Housos are the same but much much poorer

19 03 2014
Arthur Fatt

You have no grammar or spelling skills and you complain about uneducated bogans. What an assclown

27 05 2014
Gary

are you sure you don’t mean culcha? Seriously your sentence makes you seem like the closest you have been to culture, is the stuff growing on your leftover pizza.

10 08 2013
kew Scrubber

Bogans..try the Kew area in Melbourne,its full of blonde tarts with iPhones,4x4s,cheap sunnies and Mac mansions.

12 08 2013
Moo

I have been trying to explain the boganification of Australia to friends here in Beijing. This blog does that eloquently and accurately. And for that I thank you.

13 08 2013
Moo

I’d like to put this out to the bogan and non-bogan Australian residents of Beijing: why have we not been made aware of TBL earlier?
Regardless, I have spent the best part of the last 48 hours reading TBL from latest to earlier. I’m not quite at the end (beginning) yet, probably due to a misguided proto-bogan education in Australia’s public school system many years ago.
Now, the book. The bogan DNA in my first generation Australian genetics, is stimulating the nerve close to my frayed surf-brand wallet. Basically, without avoiding the cold hard facts, I must have it. And I must have it now.
We don’t have a Harbey Norman here in Beijing, but we do have a Page One, the Starbucks of uber-intellectual booke-buyinegery, located in the Swire Group’s Sanlitun Village.
Did you guys manage to peddle a few copies to their distributor?
If not, why not?

8 09 2013
Kaz

OMG you just perfectly described an asshole of an ex-boss and his wife and his work mistress! They have super narrow minds but pretend they are pure class! The first few days at that job the first thing that the boss said to me was -“I just bought my wife the whole collection of sex and the city”…..LOL!! And yep, he’s a sex addict to the point of sicko. And the wife was a housing commission girl when she was young and thinks its so cool to wear fashion labels these days, and all they do at posh parties is drink as much free alcohol as they possibly can, LOL!! they don’t even know how to talk to people and hold decent conversations!! Thank you for uncovering their mysterious way of living once and for all, I thought I was initially working for highly educated and mannered people, but after 6 years the truth came out – pure bogan!! Thanks and keep up the great work :)

27 05 2014
Gary

Yet “you” were working for “them” . It must have really compromised your air of superiority.

8 11 2013
Will

As a Brit, I would caution against drawing too strong a parallel between the bogan phenomenon in Australia and the chav phenomenon over here. When we hear the word “chav” nowadays, we almost invariably think of someone on below-average income, probably unemployed or minimum-waged. The financially-secure, let alone cashed-up, bogan, has no real contemporary equivalence in the UK, unless it’s millionaire soccer players. In my opinion the 21st Century British chav obsession has less to do with differences in lifestyle and more to do with a growing compassion-fatigue felt towards the have-nots.

That said, I can see similarities between some aspects of bogan culture and our own boisterous blue-collar nouveau-riche back in the Thatcher years – as satirised at the time by the comedian Harry Enfield. But where are these people now? Could it be that two decades of economic turbulence have knocked all the self-confidence out of them and made them re-appraise their own values?

But just the same, thank you for a very entertaining and revealing website, it’s given me an insight into life Down Under I wouldn’t have got from the tourist brochures and it’s been ages since anything on the web has made me laugh out loud so much!

25 04 2014
ƒallis Maximµs

“Bogans”, eyy? Sounds like they’re from Arkansas.

17 05 2014
Brenda Richards

it’s stereotyping at its worst. It’s not a joke for the underprivileged person who bears the brunt of lack of resources, be it financial, physical or mental. One possible source of the word comes from the Indigenous tribes who lived around Lake Boga in Victoria. They were called Bogans decades, if not a century) ago. The Indian population are fighting against the class term ‘the untouchables,’ to describe a lower caste tribe. We are bringing back a major class distinction. Not funny.

4 07 2014
OJ

The argument never ends, thanks to those brainless drunk centerlink-linked fat white people, Australia has got people like me, from everywhere in this world, skilled migrants are coming in. Not everything is nice in Australia, bogans look harmless, as they are not able to move their asses, we do alot here, from crapy to good paying jobs, still wondering how stupid can be a native English speaking person, who berries his huge talants and abalities as a human being.

16 07 2014
Tamara Arden

I came to Elizabeth SA from the country and had no idea that the word Bogan even existed until a couple of years ago. Coming from the country the only reason children only had one parent was because the other had died. It’s just the way people are, and I wasn’t raised a Bogan. I had no idea what divorce was at 11 and most of my new friends had only Mum (or Mum and Stepdad) at home. Put it this way, I could tell my friends’ Mums’ anything and they would genuinely care. They were rough as guts but they were good people. Most so-called “Bogans” are very much like country people, easy-going and yes they too love their beer, rowdy parties and getting pissed, and they say it as they see it, a trait I admire.

12 10 2014
P.O.P.

DEFINITION: Bogan.
Ingorant, never read a non-fiction book, yet alone a text book.
A Bogan is mass media “educated”, and the only cerebral stimulation a bogan usually recieves is when he debates with his “mates” the relative merits of Holden v Ford v Toyota, or Lager v Ale.
The Bogan is predjudiced / racist, and unwilling to change from the same narrowminded “ideals” their parents had, however misguided.
The true Bogan cannot come to terms with the concept that they have never had, or ever will have an original idea. They somehow believe the other 7 Billion or so humans on Earth cannot, in any way, possibly know something they don’t.
Sheeple.

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