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Catherine Deveny On The Olympics

Posted by Clem Bastow on August 13, 2008

I have been trying to put my finger on just what it is about Olympics madness that has been troubling me, and The Dawn Chorus’ inaugural Woman We Love, Catherine Deveny, has helpfully expressed it for me in today’s Age with her piece, “Taking A Sporting Break From The Great Issues Of The Day“:

Talkback is chockers with irate people still phoning in at what’s been called the sucked-ice-block fashion fiasco. What happened to the green and gold, the Akubras and the japaras? Wouldn’t the girls have looked nicer in skirts? Yet I’ve heard no talkback about the human rights abuses in Tibet, China’s environmental vandalism or the world just swallowing hook, line and sinker the Chinese press release about modern, free China.

It’s all just “Was the Beijing opening ceremony better than ours?” “Did you see that Chinese Nikki Webster? Sure she was cute, but it was our idea first. Maybe we can sue,” and “Do you think Stephanie Rice and her boyfriend will get back together?”

I had to laugh. Good on Stephanie Rice, but when I watched Seven News run a picture of the golden girl with the headline “Rice Cracker” I spat my long noodle chicken entrail soup at the telly. I thought they may open the news with “Ah soo, Chinese, Japanese, look at these dirty knees. Rovely news about Stephanie Lice. China! Dlagons and the Gleat Wall of China.”

Thank you, Catherine, for going there while everyone else is dicking themselves over how good the ‘Water Cube’ looks and how amazing the computer generated fireworks were.


2 Responses to “Catherine Deveny On The Olympics”

  1. lilacsigil said

    I heard one Channel 7 commentator describing the whitewater canoe run as “Chinese water torture”, and a reporter giggle that the opening ceremony would be great because “China has lots of cheap labour”. No wonder China feels the need to impress.

  2. incognita said

    Brilliant. That’s all I have to say in response to that article. Just brilliant. Thank you for posting it.

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