So sayeth a visitor from the US. Apparently we don't like like Lebbos, people from the Lebanon. Well there were the riots in Cronulla, principally between old style, yet young Anglo whites and people of Middle Eastern appearance, yes mostly Lebanese, possibly 2nd generation immigrants, that is born here but their parents were not.
Apparently, so said US visitor, we are very selective about out racism. Those from this country and that country are ok, but not those from that country are not. Yes, I plead guilty.
Years ago, two work mates, one a short and plain looking guy from Manchester who was about 28 and the other a 22 year old christian immigrant from the Lebanon, who was drop dead gorgeous. Let me call them Alex and Andre. It was so long ago, it doesn't matter that I use their real names. Alex was openly gay. Andre was openly straight. Yet they hooked up as friends and I expect did the biz. I accompanied them for a Sunday drive down the Mornington Penisular. I flirted outrageously with Andre. Andre flirted back, with skill. He knew how to play the game. He cleaned Alex out for thousands. I was not left with a great impression of Lebanese.
My Sydney plastic friend was into enacting out fantasies. He went to Tel Aviv to meet a hot Israeli army boi and to Beirut to meet a hot Leb guy. He had a great time in Tel Aviv with the army boi. The Lebanese guy beat him up badly.
There were the two Lebanese brothers at work, both very sexually aggressive towards women in the workplace, in spite of them both being married. The more aggressive one was of a diminutive size and balding but the other, very nicely built and handsome. Sadly my conversations with the latter eventually drifted to him saying sotto voice 'fucking poofta' as we passed by. In thirty plus years, it was the only overt homophobia I recall at work.
And then there is Lebanese Mustafa at work. I thought he was christian, but apparently not. He is Muslim. I have worked with him nearly as long as I have been in the same workplace. Oddly, he seems to like me and makes a big effort to chat. I don't like him. I don't like his vitriol towards women, gays (yes he is dumb), people from other countries. I have Asian friends at work, proper friends. I don't like the way he talks about them.
So, visitor from the US, I am one of those Australians. I don't like Lebbos, but of course it is a gross generalisation, only based on nearly a working lifetime of personal experiences. I will keep an open mind though, should I come across Lebanese in the future. I would love to be proved wrong.
Apologies to Daniel who retweeted a tweet and stimulated this post. He is not guilty by association.