Tuesday, September 16, 2014

National Brotherhood Week

Heard this on the execrable Macca's Sunday morning show on our ABC.  The introduction explains the context of this amusing little ditty penned and performed I believe by Tom Lehrer. If you aren't offended, you need to listen again and the second time, properly.


18 comments:

  1. Macca? Shudder. A woman I used to work with used to get up early on Sunday just to listen to him. We were not kindred spirits.

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    1. EC, I can't bear him, but I don't mind the show.

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  2. Andrew I like it. It is interesting.

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  3. Listened to it once, but not offended. I don't think it's racist. I think it's poking fun at racism. I don't think it's any different from what Dame Edna wrote in that magazine about learning Spanish. It's satire, but hard to do because people take it seriously.

    UNLESS...I missed something.

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    1. Dina, yes, quite cleverly poking fun at institutions like National Brotherhood Week. Of course we should be nice every day, not just a week a year. Quite good for 1969.

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    2. Dina

      I am with you all the way. In fact I don't think it is much different from the situation now.

      I heard someone slinging off at refugees and I said to her "how could you say that. You and your family were all refugees!". With a straight face she answered "yes, but we were a better class of refugees".

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    3. Hels, many of the people I work with are refugees but they have a harder line than multi generation Australians. They don't see them fleeing persecution, but as economic refugees wanting to better their life, rather than the middle class of my workmates' backgrounds.

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    4. Hels,

      Yes. Times haven't changed much, and we'll still have prejudice decades from now. Maybe what does change is who we manage to love more than one week a year.

      Maybe in the future, all humans will get along. But we'll be horrible bigots to the intergalactic visitors.

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  4. Hello Andrew,
    We love the dry humour here. How sad to have to be reminded to be kind to others and, even worse, on just one week in the year! Still, perhaps more reminders would not go amiss and this seems like a wonderfully tongue in cheek way of doing just that.

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    1. Pleased it amused JayLa. Whatever people may privately think, there is no reason not to be friendly and respectful to all.

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  5. I agree with you and the others that we should show more kindness and tolerance everyday.

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    1. Diane, it should come quite naturally to us. I hope it does generally in Australia.

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  6. That's quite funny. Smile! Be nice! It's only for a week.

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  7. Also sad that there is a need for such a thing. For heaven's sake, people are people. Strip off the skin and then see if you can spot any difference.

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    1. River, it is a weird thing, but under our skin we are all the same. Our upbringing and different genes are what makes the differences.

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  8. Funny! Maybe one day in the far far future people will be kind to each other all year round.. I like to be positive :)

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    1. Grace, I'll go for the negative then. Not in our lifetimes.

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