“Nigger.” “Wog.” “Hitler?”
According to Fiona Scott-Norman in this fortnight’s Big Issue, Hitler is still a word thats “boil… cannot be lanced”.
Nigger has been reappropriated by the blacks in hip hop and rap music. Wog is a common utterance in Australian society that I don’t personally feel comfortable using, but just flick over to any Aussie comedy and you’ll hear it.
But the same doesn’t go for Hitler, whose reference at the Cannes Film Festival recently by avant-garde Danish film director, Lars von Trier, has seen him banned from the festival for life. “For life!” Scott-Norman reiterates.
von Trier was joking when he said he could relate to the “enduringly monstrous” Hitler. There’s no question it was in bad taste, but banning for life? Really? I’m sure they could focus on banning people like Roman Polanski, who’s a U.S. fugitive wanted for sexual assault, or Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose marital indiscretions have come to the forefront in recent weeks. But racism is viewed more harshly than sexism. On one hand, I think both should be treated equally. On the other, at least there is a no-tolerance policy on racism in France. John Galliano is testament to that. Mel Gibson’s—who’s been caught on tape espousing racist and sexist vitriol—inclusion on the red carpet at this year’s Cannes not so much.
[The Early Bird Catches the Worm] FuckWalk: The Floodgates Have Opened.
[The Early Bird Catches the Worm] Ain’t Nothin’ Gonna Break My Slutty Stride.
[The Early Bird Catches the Worm] Minus Two & a Half Men.
[The Early Bird Catches the Worm] The Big Issue, 24 May–6 June 2011 Review.
[The Early Bird Catches the Worm] The Big Issue, 1–14 March 2011 Review.
I’ve been making an effort to pick up The Big Issue whenever I can, despite Kylie Minogue being on this edition’s cover.
Don’t get me wrong, I like Kylie, but I feel like she’s been in the media for that long that there’s not much more to write about her, and I’m certainly not interested in reading about her.
While I didn’t read the cover story on her (p. 18–21), most everything else in this edition of The Big Issue is a great read.
There’s another feature (p. 14–16) on the chances of Barack Obama being reelected in 2012 in the aftermath of the Osama bin Laden assassination that’s well worth the $5 cover price, remembering that half the proceeds go to the vendor.
Photographer Jay Banning’s series Bureaucratics which profiles public servants, their offices and their salaries from all over the world, is an eye-opening piece by Michael Green (p. 24–27). The exhibition will hit Melbourne in 2012.
Regular columnists Mic Looby writes on the longevity of Marcel Proust’s hefty tomes in the Twitter age (p. 12) and Fiona Scott-Norman on global gay rights in the wake of Uganda’s Kill the Gays bill being abolished (p. 29). Meanwhile, Jake Cleland laments the “fame via YouTube” trend (Rebecca Black, he’s looking at you) (p. 32–33).
The issue is rounded out by the world’s fascination with the Big Brother-esque televised shenanigans of the Logies and the royal wedding in the same weekend (p. 42), and Australia’s fascination with “The Sickie” (p. 46).
[The Early Bird Catches the Worm] The Big Issue Review, 1–14 March, 2011.
[The Early Bird Catches the Worm] Time: The End of bin Laden, May 20, 2011 Review.