When actor Clint Eastwood spent a crucial prime-time slot at Republican National Convention berating a wooden chair he pretended Barack Obama was sitting in, there wasn’t a whole lot of need for the Obama presidential campaign to fire back.
It was ridiculous enough. But fire back they did - in a brutally effective fashion.
With an online meme.
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On the internet, memes are serious currency – a currency I take so seriously that I actually put the lovable moggie known as Business Cat on the front cover of the dance music magazine I once edited. Advice Dog, Karate Kyle, Condescending Wonka, and even the politically incorrect Insanity Wolf are all heroes of the online domain, and deservedly so.
Although Insanity Wolf often tiptoes over that fine line between good and bad taste, the Aboriginal Memes page that suddenly started filling my Facebook timeline yesterday doesn’t bother beat around the bush – it’s a hate-filled page of alleged ‘humour’ that does nothing more than perpetuate stereotypes that should’ve long been consigned to the annals of time.
Thankfully my Facebook friends are a compassionate and educated bunch, and the calls to report the page to FB HQ spread like wildfire. I’d conservatively estimate that 50-plus friends and associates reported the page, with many of them taking the fight to the comments beneath the meme posts in question.
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Not meaning to sound like a perve, but this but there’s fair bit of VPL (visible panty line), saddle bags (hip fat) and camel toe (surely I don’t need to explain that one) on show this season.
Leggings, worn badly, are to blame.
They’re in my local supermarket where women have just “popped” (in all sorts of manners) out for a few supplies. They’re in my local cafes and gym. And weirdest of all, they’re in my local CBD at peak hour (Bum crack for the office. Who would have thought?)
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