#249 – Pauline Hanson

31 10 2011

There was once a time when claiming that bogans enjoyed the nasal whine, fierce ignorance and misguided nationalism of Pauline Hanson would be misguided in itself, and begging for a backlash. While the bogan insists that it is not racist, it is more than happy to broadly stereotype and generalise on the basis of ethnicity or skin colour. The bogan of today is, however, cognisant enough of the forces of Political Correctness Gone Mad to avoid making blanket statements in public about the country being swamped by Asians, and instead its racism was never entirely of a piece with that of Ms Hanson. The result was that the bogan was deeply conflicted over the former member for Oxley.

On one hand, it secretly agreed that it was indeed being swamped by Asians (who couldn’t drive), was having its taxpayer dollars siphoned off to layabout aborigines (who were all alcoholics) and that it was subject to reverse racism because it was neither of those things and didn’t receive sufficient support in Making Ends Meet. On the other, it was not racist. The result was a strange kind of mental stagnation, as the bogan’s rigorously programmed brain was confronted with an unsolvable paradox. The result was that Pauline Hanson really attracted only the votes of those completely happy to be racist – old people.

But that was then. The past five years has given the bogan every chance to engage in Hanson’s very public rehabilitation, as the trashmedia, short of anything it could legitimately call ‘celebrities’ settled for people that were at least ‘recognisable’. Midway through realising that her 2004 attempt to re-enter federal politics was doomed, she instead opted to fail more generally at life, by featuring on Dancing with the Stars. Immediately sensing the chance to ‘forgive’ a ‘celebrity’, the bogan instantly propelled her to the final, only to be confronted by a choice between a forgiven Hanson and an ascendant Hewitt.

After that, Hanson released an autobiography called Untamed and Unashamed, two things the bogan, rebellious Underbelly viewer that it is, certainly considers itself to be. Less mentioned is Hanson’s earlier book called The Truth, which suggested that Aborigines routinely engaged in cannibalism. Nonetheless, Hanson’s journey to bogan forgiveness is now complete, as she competes alongside a series of utterly failed semi-public figures in Celebrity Apprentice, a program that is effectively designed to see which low-rent, feckless Australian is most willing to debase themselves in order to garner a few more moments in the public eye.

Today, Pauline Hanson is comfortably ensconced in the bogan pantheon, with a lifetime of income to be drawn from her continued public exposure for no reason beyond the fact that the bogan recognises her. Once, she was (allegedly) driven to electoral fraud in order to make a crust, but from now on, she may suckle on the nourishing, engorged teat of the bogan’s ignorance. And she will.


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8 12 2011
Fiona of Mount Lawley

Italics ? Recent Comments list gone again ?

Are they switching the light on and off rapidly until everyone gets the idea and leaves ?

I wholeheartedly approve of idea of forum-user written articles posted in the comments page.

9 12 2011
martin

We’re at #249. So I was thinking they might be giving us one last one, something about Christmas for #250.

Like how we love each other and are real nice to each other for a few weeks of the year then go back to being self absorbed bogans for the rest of the year.

Cmawn TBL, one, more, just one, for us TBL junkies.

9 12 2011
James Hunter

Martin,
I suspect TBL are “Junked Out” up at Mullimbimby or Nimbin or someplace similar. ?
Or abducted by aliens for curious and excessivly detailed investigations ?
Maybe they got speared by Blacks on the way home ?

9 12 2011
martin

I think one or two of them went to India. They probably got kidnapped and had their organs stolen, tried to recover with a curry, then ended up with some horrid disease and died.

9 12 2011
James Hunter

after the curry they could have slipped and gone out the hole in the floor of an indian train(toilet). nasty way to go

9 12 2011
Mick

Shit! Where is everyone?

Anyhow, it seems our Gerry never underestimated the stupidity of the bogan. Selling people stuff they don’t need or can’t use. That’s the sign of an artist.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/harvey-norman-fined-for-misleading-ad-20111208-1olcb.html

9 12 2011
James Hunter

Mick,
Just think of how much he will load next years prices to recoup that ? awesome

9 12 2011
Simon - Teh Interwebz Ninja

I’m here Mick. B&B show day!

I keep checking but it seems to be dead. Shame, I enjoy our discourses.

9 12 2011
Pandabater

They have been too busy with the HSC. 😉

9 12 2011
James Hunter

Simon, Maybe we get our own site up ? Need some sponsorship or make it pay for itself somehow.
Call it “things TBL didnt get to “?

9 12 2011
urbanreverie

Oh Simon, I’m flattered. 🙂

And here’s Episode 47 of …

THE BOGUE & BOGUETTE SHOW!!!

And this week … we pay a visit to Aiden’s foster parents!

http://bogueandboguetteshow.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/episode-47-the-dust-of-your-feet/

9 12 2011
Pandabater

Urban you should pitch The Bogue & Boguette Show
to Ch 7 starring Kyle & Jackie O.

9 12 2011
Simon - Teh Interwebz Ninja

Panda *Glass*

That’s for the Kyle gag!

9 12 2011
Pandabater

Were you spreading crumbs over at the punch today?

9 12 2011
James Hunter

dont know about Simon but I was. Dont know if its out of moderation yet !!

9 12 2011
Simon - Teh Interwebz Ninja

No, should I be? Never been there.

9 12 2011
Pandabater

There was a comment from cookie monster.

9 12 2011
Simon - Teh Interwebz Ninja

Copyrightissue

9 12 2011
martin

He’s gonna end up with outright depression now. For him that’s like losing one whole dollar if he had about two thousand. Greedy tight arses just can’t handle that. I bet he’s of Scottish descent.

9 12 2011
James Hunter

Panda ,
Not Panda ing Schoolies I hope ?

9 12 2011
James Hunter

come to think of it where have most of the early comments on this post gone to. scroll up it near empty ? Maybe TBLs server is full or sick?

9 12 2011
Chris

I notice the new Big W ad where they sing “you get it for less”
is sung to the tune of Ian Dury’s “I want to be straight”
Weird.

9 12 2011
James Hunter

chris, I think that is called Black Humour !

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Chris

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9 12 2011
James Hunter

moar, Hot lips sure was a whole lot of woman ?

10 12 2011
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Hawkeye was all I had for a Positive Male Role-Model growing up.

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10 12 2011
moar caek

Called it….

“aps the grottiest aspect of the Sandilands saga has nothing to do with him calling a journalist a “fat slag”. This week, it emerged that Austereo has been surveying listeners about the outburst.

The survey asked about Sandilands’ attitudes to women. It asked respondents to nominate the advertisers that had pulled out, or if they would boycott products advertised on Sandilands’ show.

Another question, that went unasked, may have read: Does the survey itself reveal that Austereo has no moral compass, has no idea what people are thinking, and cares nothing for the fallout except in how far it shifts the network’s bottom line?

Radio and television are seasoned exponents at elaborate shows of being seen to be doing the “right” thing, while baulking at doing the right thing.

Austereo can claim credit – or blame – for Sandilands’ balloon. On the available evidence, if Sandilands started to talk up, say, the misunderstood virtues of the Nazis – and listeners kept listening – Austereo would still bleat about its “positive advertising environments”.

We may all sense that institutional morality has been dying. Some time in the past few weeks, perhaps, the carcass stopped twitching. The shift has become more and more plain. Austereo’s survey is not alone in prov ”

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/survival-is-a-numbers-game/story-e6frfhqf-1226218549689

10 12 2011
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two tbl themes in the one item: “The Federal Court found that Harvey Norman painted a picture of an expensive, misleading and calculated campaign, characterised by blatant and deliberate disregard for the truth, and the contemptuous manipulation of the expectations of ordinary consumers.”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-12-09/harvey-norman-fined-over-3d-ads/3722394

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Simon - Teh Interwebz Ninja

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tense. funky. sparse. nice.

14 12 2011
the beef

just a thought for an advent themed post: Christmas lights. The bogan doesn’t just like christmas lights, it loves them.

14 12 2011
James Hunter

beef, so long as they are not within sight of the north korean border !

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