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Canberra flag wavers make “Things Bogans Like”

By johnboy - 27 January 2010 34

{First filed: Jan 25, 2010 @ 16:37]

Stolen photo

So there I was this very Australia Day Eve and what should I see while browsing the excellent Things Bogans Like but my own photo! At least they had the decency to leave the bug mark on.

Canberra’s very own making the viral big time. I couldn’t be prouder, if a little annoyed about not being asked.

Slightly eerily the photo was taken at the 2009 concert. So now the wheel has come full circle.

UPDATE: After a pleasant chat with “bogan one” a credit has now been inserted. And to the moronic freetards Aurelius and Steve Eh I say “Don’t give up your day jobs for a career in the law (or even for anything else other than what you’ve fooled some poor sap into paying you for)”

Further update: On Australia Day itself I started getting calls and texts that this photo was appearing on a website called mamamia.com.au.

As I possess testicles this meant little to me and so it was only last night that I checked it out (I did have a blisteringly awesome Australia Day even by my own high standards).

I was then astonished to discover that no less than Mia Freedman runs the site. The Queen of the punditocracy, the former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan, Cleo and Dolly.

I was both surprised and appalled.

I sent a furious email, I BCC’d friends who expressed alarm at my vehemence. At noon the next day we got a response by way of an apology in the now superseded story and an email offering apologies. The photo has been removed.

A few things annoy me here. One is that a pundit who regularly moralises to vast audiences can engage in casual theft, even if “in error”. The other one is that in the context of an “Australia Day Live!” concert where people are encouraged to wear the flag the picture has very different meaning to the places it’s being stolen for use.

So I’d like to apologise to the subjects of the photo. I took the photo in good faith for use in context. I have gone to some lengths to catch up with its inappropriate use. But I’m sorry that thieves trying to make a cheap point have branded you as something that you might not be.

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34 Responses to
Canberra flag wavers make “Things Bogans Like”
Skidbladnir 2:57 pm 27 Jan 10

TheObserver said :

We need a flag code like the US (and India) to stop the flag being used as apparel or draped as a cape.

The US Supreme Court overruled the Federal Flag Protection Act 1989, specfically: “the State’s asserted interest in preserving the flag as a symbol of nationhood and national unity, was an Unconstitutional Interest “related to the suppression of free expression”, and that the State’s asserted interest could not justify an infringement on a demonstrator’s First Amendment rights.
(IE: that the Government’s interest in preserving the flag as a symbol did not outweigh the individual right to disparage that symbol through dissenting expressive conduct).
This rendered the US Flag Code non-enforcable and requires it have no penalties, so for exactly that reason the Flag Code remains ‘just a custom’.

India’s Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act 1971 is another story.
It overrules P-III A-19 S-1(a) by leveraging off the ‘public order, decency or morality’ provisions of P-III A-19 S-2. (Indian Constitution Part III, Article 19)

Go on, try writing something similar into Australian Federal (or Territory) Law which doesn’t violate the mysterious and vague Constitutionally implied right of political communication or Section 16 of the ACT’s own Human Rights Act 2004

That said, in my book, wearing the flag as a cape identifies you as a dickhead.

Jim Jones 2:33 pm 27 Jan 10

FUBAR said :

TheObserver you are my hero ahahahahahhaa get a life. When it comes down to it i dont see the Indians treating their own people well, half of them would walk past one of their own dieing on the ground each day over there and do nothing about it. Seriously if you want to go around saying happy australia day to indians and asians but not Australians it shows your just a typical pube who deserves to live in canberra. We are proud of our country and wear the flag with pride just because you go to India and its not the same there does not mean we are racists or bogans, what ever happened to being proud to be Aussie.

Even better point maybe Tiger Woods is a racist, seeing as he only likes white women all 20 of them… ahhahaha get a life TheObserver i can see your kids getting far in schooling.

Just got a southern cross tattoo, did we?

FUBAR 1:54 pm 27 Jan 10

TheObserver you are my hero ahahahahahhaa get a life. When it comes down to it i dont see the Indians treating their own people well, half of them would walk past one of their own dieing on the ground each day over there and do nothing about it. Seriously if you want to go around saying happy australia day to indians and asians but not Australians it shows your just a typical pube who deserves to live in canberra. We are proud of our country and wear the flag with pride just because you go to India and its not the same there does not mean we are racists or bogans, what ever happened to being proud to be Aussie.

Even better point maybe Tiger Woods is a racist, seeing as he only likes white women all 20 of them… ahhahaha get a life TheObserver i can see your kids getting far in schooling.

qedbynature 1:09 pm 27 Jan 10

you even got a photo credit which is more generous than Canberra Times…

TheObserver 12:26 pm 27 Jan 10

BTW – I believe the correct word is ‘bogan’s’ given that none of them seem able to use an apostrophe.

We need a flag code like the US (and India) to stop the flag being used as apparel or draped as a cape.

Australia Day – yesterday did a bit of fishing with the kids – lots of people heading to the festivities – the only ones who were not carrying beers (and a megaphone, go figure), talking loudly and arrogantly about Chinks and Curry Munchers etc were Chinese and Indians in a mix of cultural dress and “I love Australia” caps – it was to them I said “happy Australia Day”. The Ugly ugly Aussie, Oik, oik, oik” crowd were to be ignored.

sloppery 11:02 am 27 Jan 10

FUBAR said :

Why call people bogans, they are australians regardless of there personal apperance or likes, dislikes seriously grow up.

Bogans are are subgroup of Australians, with their own peculiarities.

FUBAR 10:40 am 27 Jan 10

Why call people bogans, they are australians regardless of there personal apperance or likes, dislikes seriously grow up.

areaman 10:23 am 27 Jan 10

At least legally JB does hold the copyright so if he wanted it removed he could get it taken down, where as the subjects of the photos were in a public place, so wouldn’t have a leg to stand on. Ethically it might be a different issue, but so far as the law is concerned JB is the only one with any rights here.

eh_steve 9:11 pm 26 Jan 10

Considering that this site has refused to remove references to people’s names when asked and used the whole public domain argument, and that you’re not the subject of the photo, I’m surprised that you’re annoyed at the image being used.

That’s the nature of the internet, you put it out there and you should understand that it can get used far and wide, and that putting it up basically counts as consent.

If anyone has a right to be annoyed it’s the kids in the image, particularly as the site is talking about music festivals, and not Australia Day Concerts, where girls in dresses made of the flag is somewhat expected?

Panhead 6:48 pm 26 Jan 10

I understand many bogans are finding the “F.ck of we’re full” slogan a little passé as they become increasingly anxious about the adverse economic implications of the ageing of the Australian population. To highlight the obvious solution they are now plastering their Commodores and Lasers with a sticker which reads “F.ck on we’re half empty”.

MessyMonster 4:39 pm 26 Jan 10

Blingerifo – well what can you expect of the poor Chinese factory worker – he can’t work out which way to place the Union Jack, he doens’t know which country it is from!! I steadfastly refuse to buy anything with an Australian flag on it – unless it is made in Australia!! and those stupid tags that say – ‘Designed in Australia’ don’t fool me!

grunge_hippy 11:39 am 26 Jan 10
Blingerific 10:53 am 26 Jan 10

Ah yes, though the photo does need an “f-off we’re full” sticker/tattoo/shirt and some shite beer like VB/XXXX/Crown Lager to be a true bogan icon…

Nice capture and yes, most at home on the Thingboganlike website!

I had enough of an issue with the balloons at All Bar today. They have an Australian flag printed on them, when the balloon is inflated the flag is upside down. Sigh. (and yes, I know that is not their fault!)

krats 9:23 am 26 Jan 10

Beau Locks said :

Top setup Johnboy.

I’m beginning to wonder if Australia day is unAustralian.

It means one things to me…PUBLIC HOLIDAY.

Beau Locks 10:48 pm 25 Jan 10

Top setup Johnboy.

I’m beginning to wonder if Australia day is unAustralian. What happened to the quietly unassuming and confident country I grew up in, where we didn’t have to go around showing everyone else (but really ourselves) what a great place we are? You’d think that in a sophisticated developed democracy like ours we wouldn’t need to carry on like this, and that a flag with a union jack on it would be the last thing young punters would be draped in on a Monday night.

I’ve just cycled home via a curiosity-driven detour thru the massive crowd in front of Parliament House for the big Orstraya Day gig. I’m willing to bet that none of the little scrotes and bogans (admittedly probably the late night remainders of the evening) I encountered would know how to say ‘g’day’ with the proper inflection, let alone have any idea what it’d mean if I called them ‘cobber’.

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