Apparently, some people in Australia were offended by this, and the Australian prime minister even mentioned it, which I think is ridiculous because it was a comedian on a comedy show … and clearly, he was joking.
But what I thought was offensive was what the Australian prime minister said. He’s not a comedian and he said:
First of all, I think Robin Williams should go and spend a bit of time in Alabama before he frames comments about anyone being particularly redneck.
So, what is a redneck? And why is it an offensive thing to say?
Well, I think it might have slightly different meanings in different countries … but it’s never a nice thing to say.
It says here: A man who lives in a country area of the US, has little education and has strong conservative political opinions.
I wouldn’t normally use the word redneck because I think it’s just a cheap insult, like the word greenie or tree-hugger. But if someone called someone in New Zealand a redneck, I would imagine a guy who is Pākehā and quite stupid and close-minded and very racist and doesn’t like to try new things.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has changed the default font in its email system from Arial to Century Gothic. Apparently the new font uses about 30 percent less ink, so the school will save money when students print out emails. The university said it was part of their five year plan to go green.
And that was Stick News for Thursday the 1st of April. Kia ora.
Damn is a swear word, but it’s not as offensive as some other swear words, like the f-word, which is why they can get away with calling it Damn Tasty Ginger Beer.
But I would avoid using the word damn in a job interview.
conversations with sarah
When’s the world cup?
Ethan Anything interesting in the news? 何か面白いニュースない？
Sarah Um, well, this isn’t that interesting, but everyone seems to have their knickers in a twist over a song they’re using to promote the rugby world cup. これはそんなに面白くないけど、ラグビー・ワールドカップで使われるテーマ曲が多くの人を苛つかせているみたい。
Ethan When’s the world cup? ワールドカップはいつ開催するの？
Sarah It’s being held next year in New Zealand. 来年、ニュージーランドで開催される。
Ethan And what song did they choose? どの曲が選ばれたの？
Sarah It’s a song called Right Here, Right Now by a band called Jesus Jones. But the song they’re using is actually a cover by a Kiwi band called The Feelers. ジーザス・ジョーンズというバンドで曲名は Right Here, Right Now。でも実はこの曲、元は The Feelers というNZバンドの曲で今回はそのカバーです。
Ethan And people hate it? んで嫌いな人が多い？
Sarah Yeah, I think people hate the fact it’s not a song by a New Zealand band. はい、おそらくNZバンドの演奏じゃないからだと思います。
Ethan Do you like it? 君は好きですか？
Sarah Yeah, I do. I was a Jesus Jones fan back in the day … and I like the song. I’m not a rugby fan though, so I couldn’t care less what song they use for the ad. はい、好きです。昔ジーザス・ジョーンズのファンだったし、この曲も好きです。私はラグビーファンではないので、それほど気にならないと思うけど。
サラのメモ： What do you think about the word redneck? What does it mean to you? Do you ever use it?