The Highrise can be shockingly politically incorrect, but only if you are Australian, American, British or French, if you are gay, straight or somewhere in between. Actually, in between cops it the most. Yes, if you are religious, Moslem, Christian or Jewish. We leave the Buddhists alone, but have a good go at Hindus, as we are close to one.
If you are a white picket person, fair game, along with outer suburban types and leftie inner city latte sipping socialists. We don't leave out Camry drivers, or 4wd drivers, or Prius drivers. Don't let us get started on taxi drivers.
But this evening we had a sensible conversation about this matter. We generally agreed on the wrongness, but went on to disagree.
I think bringing a racist comment by 13 girl who probably knew no better to the fore and condemning it was a good thing. I think a careless comment such as McGuire's should be condemned. While neither incident should have happened, when they did, people, especially football goers, but not only them, have learnt some boundaries about what is acceptable to say in public. Ultimately, I think they have done public good.
It is hard to believe the person linked above could have screwed up so badly. While he is an early morning radio person, I can only think one suggestion by a commentator that it being very early might be relevant makes sense on that occasion. Perhaps a touch of the Stefanovics post Logies.
The victim in both cases above was a footballer who has less than obvious Aboriginal heritage. Yet the victim felt hurt, real hurt, in both situations. I never really got the monkey comment against a cricketer and nor do I get the ape comment, but if it is offensive or hurtful to people, why do it?
If you hurt people by saying offensive things in public, personally I think you are pretty uncivilised, impolite, unmannered, not up to speed with this modern world and frankly, a dinosaur!
PS We don't make fat jokes in the Highrise for good reasons.
PPS I know people who have been very hurt by both subtle and extreme racist comments. Just think before opening your gob.