I’ve chatted with Australians on several occasions. If I’m feeling comfortable with them I’ll make this observation – Americans and Australians share a very similar attitude.
By no means is my opinion based on peer reviewed data and certified by the ivory tower. It just seems there is a shared hardness. Maybe it’s due to our both being one time colonials in hostile environments. Maybe it’s due to the fact that both of our countries were secluded from the rest of the world for so many years.
Perhaps we just like being jerks.
Big time jerks who are occasionally funny.
India raises ‘offensive’ lamb advert with Australia is a BBC News story that tells the hilariously blasphemous tale of an Australian ad ruffling the sacred snouts of some Hindus.
Let’s take a look at the advertisement.
I think it’s pure magic when Ganesha, the elephant headed Hindu god, talks with his nose. That’s what makes life living, Disbelievers.
However, some of the more sensitive and assertive (funny of those two things go hand in snout) Hindus in Australia don’t like one of their serious deities (doesn’t that guy sometimes ride a giant mouse?) depicted noshing on lamb.Here’s a snippet from the article:
It has caused anger within the Hindu community in Australia because Ganesha is never depicted eating meat.
The High Commission of India in Canberra said it had made a “demarche” to three Australian government departments.
It also urged Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) to withdraw the advertisement because many people considered it “offensive and hurting their religious sentiments”
You can dislike an ad. You can dislike a joke. You can say Ganesha was never depicted eating meat (though I suspect the elephant in the room is the silliness and not the menu).
But when you say you want an ad taken off because your imaginary friend looks bad and it hurts your wee feelings, well, suck it up buttercup.
The cost of living in a somewhat free society is your feelings are going to be jostled every once in a while.
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