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19 January 2007 @ 12:34 pm
Andrew Bolt on the recent racial violence at the tennis:  
"We need to stop multiculturalism"

I'd be so intrigued to know how we'd do that without resorting to large-scale genocide. Oh, wait, that was the plan.

I can't understand why anyone would want a return to the "good old days" of 1950s, white Australia monoculture. Australia, and in particular Melbourne, has such rich diversity with so many benefits.

The most obvious benefit, of course, is food. I find it hard to imagine living in a city in which it's difficult to find: rice paper rolls, kebabs, wanton noodle soup, kabana, souvlaki, dim sims, bratwurst, real Turkish delight, lasagne, lamb vindaloo, etcetera. "Stopping multiculturalism" would mean an end to all these foods in our diet. I'd be really interested to know if dear Andrew only ever eats meat and veg, because if he eats anything approaching the food of another culture he's a goddamn hypocrite (yes, I know, I know).

And that's not getting into the plethora of cultural opportunities we would miss out on.

I have to say though, I am convinced that most of what Andrew Bolt spews forth he himself doesn't even believe. I've heard him speak and debate and, unlike the Pauline Hansons of the world, he seems like a reasonably intelligent fellow. And, since anyone with half a brain can tell that Andrew Bolt is full of shit, I reckon Andrew Bolt himself knows that he is full of shit. When you think about it, he has simply built up a media persona that argues the controversial side of every issue, because that's what keeps him in the paper and on the radio, and that's what gets his head on TV. And if that's really the case, that just makes him all the more evil, because there are so many stupid people out there who take his horrible, racist bullshit onboard.
Current Music: They Might Be Giants - Your Racist Friend
psuedonym777: Jack is Nimblepsuedonym777 on January 19th, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)
Ah yes....

"Never under-estimate the incredible drawing power of a complete asshole" - Anon.
Rebel Without a Moo: Punchings!lonecow on January 19th, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
Urgh, Andrew Bolt. I too feel that he knows his arguments are rubbish. He's a cynical manipulator of the public and the media, in my opinion, which feels worse than if he really felt the way he says he feels about the issues he talks about.

I had to read a few of his articles when I was in school, for English. I haven't touched anything of his since.
Jacobyak_boy on January 19th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC)
Thankfully most teachers would be encouraging a critical reading of Andrew Bolt.
finfin on January 19th, 2007 03:59 am (UTC)
One might argue that the views that Andrew Bolt expresses are views that the majority of Herald Sun readers hold. By having them published by the Herald Sun, they are representing a widely-held view, no matter how horrible or racist.

Personally, I'd rather know that there are lot of people out there who think that way. It doesn't give me any comfort, but at least I'm not living in a naive fantasy where I think that most people are tolerant and compassionate. It would be nice, but the reality is that people are mostly selfish, violent, prejudiced, insecure and closed-minded - some moreso than others.
blinvisible on January 19th, 2007 04:36 am (UTC)
He is also an alcoholic... apparently
I do believe that the multiculturalism referred to in the article extends beyond such trivial things like food and smashing plates at weddings. What (I hope) he is talking about is more of different rules being applied to different people on the basis of race. For some reason multiculturalism has become synonymous with food diversity, because you eat Vietnamese food at multicultural days rather than actually addressing the ideal.

What he purports is not to shun all things of other cultures, as you seem to be suggesting, but rather to take the things you like and add them to your own. The alternative he presents is where you are forced to take the things you don't like as well. I am in the abstract here because the only examples I can think of right now are quite extreme (12 year old girls being given to older men, not-so-friendly views on homosexuality etc.) Basically what he claims is that multiculturalism is a subtle form of racism, and in the context of allowing things that we find abhorrent on the basis that 'they do things differently there', he is right.

Sure he is sensationalist, sure some of the time he is a reactionary jerk but he is such an easy target because he has to be. As shown by the replies to this article the people he is arguing against CANNOT BE WRONG OMG YOU'RE RACIST.
escarpeescarpe on January 19th, 2007 11:23 am (UTC)
Re: He is also an alcoholic... apparently
He's an alcoholic? You have made my day!
Maybe he should check into rehab with Lindsey Lohan.
Anyway, he does not have to be a reactionary jerk, he CHOOSES to be one.
And he IS racist.
Jacobyak_boy on January 20th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
Re: He is also an alcoholic... apparently
I use food only as the simplest example of what multiculturalism means, which is diversity in all aspects of culture.

However, I think you are giving Bolt way too much benefit of the doubt. His arguments are no way near that complex. He makes simple arguments stated simply.Basically, what his argument boiled down to was that the violence of the tennis can be stopped by forcing people to abandon any cultural displays that do not conform to his ideal "Australian" culture: i.e. no flags displayed other than the Australian flag, no values espoused outside those of his white Anglo-Saxon, conservative Christian ones, etcetera.

Frankly I think we should be forced to accept that which we don't like about other cultures, except where it falls outside the law. For example, the burka. I personally think that women should be treated equally men, and I abhor the burka and what, to me, it stands for. However, I would never dare to suggest that women shouldn't be allowed to wear them, whereas someone like Andrew Bolt would (and I daresay he has).

He is, at best, insensitive to other cultures, at worst inflammatory. We need only look as far as the Cronulla riots to see where his brand of "journalism" leads.
Gregpeachofpain on January 19th, 2007 05:23 am (UTC)
Fuck tolerance. Fuck multiculturalism.
Jacobyak_boy on January 20th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
Fuck trolls.
escarpeescarpe on January 19th, 2007 11:33 am (UTC)
The boltening
I believe that Andrew Bolt believes some of what he is saying but then yes some of what he spouts even he admits is crap. Or maybe it's only when he get's caught out. I sent a letter to Mr Bolt about his stance on Global warming after he had been proved to be quoting a source that had retracted their information. In his reply he admitted that he had wondered about the information and had hesitated in printing his article. That didn't reflect in the text of the article which still had his "Full steam ahead", "I'm always right" style from start to finish. And your right that makes him even MORE of an evil cunt. If I didn't believe in complete freedom of the press he'd be the first person against the wall come the revolution.
Robet Éivaayvah on January 19th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
Stephen Bolt... Yes, he's a pitiful bastard.

Though as far as "ending" multiculturalism... It's hard to be certain. Sometimes what people mean by multiculturalism is the subtle form of segregation that we see in Australia. There shouldn't be a China Town, because the Chinese shops should be right next to the Italians, etc. The argument is sometimes along the lines that -- Europeans should have Asian friends.

It's a valid criticism, but I don't think they've managed to offer a good solution yet. I'm so sure that teaching people to "speak Australian" and "act Australian" will make things better. >_>
Robet Éivaayvah on January 19th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
Why the hell did I say Stephen?
Jessjess2903 on January 20th, 2007 03:40 am (UTC)
I fucking hate Andrew Bolt omg...if I ever meet that man. I should hope he is full of shit because if he actually does believe some of the stuff that he writes then I truly feel sorry for him. Multiculturalism is one of the best parts about Melbourne!
finfin on January 23rd, 2007 10:58 am (UTC)
I guess he's won. The Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs is now going to be changed to The Department of Immigration and Citizenship.