(TW for racist dogwhistling and insulting and offensive language)
Here’s a wonderful cartoon from Crikey’s First Dog on the Moon describing Andrew Bolt’s shock (SHOCK!) that his readers, told to go and “review” Anita Heiss’s new book on Amazon, indulged in angry trolling and race-baiting in his defence (as they saw it).
…Obviously I am not suggesting my brave readers unleash an anonymous torrent of racist abuse and cruel one star reviews on Anita’s Amazon page, that would be all incitey and I’m not that sort of person.
…What?…No… Who are these MONSTERS? Is it I who have inadvertently released this dusky genie from its bottle? Surely not. I was simply mourning free speech in my little way…
Jeremy Sear at Pure Poison drives the point home: Andrew Bolt does not support “Amazon Bombing” critics’ books, and he wishes they would stop following the link he gave them!
Of course, no one except his loyal followers believed him for a minute. Bolt then switched to denying that the comments on Heiss’s Amazon page were racist in tone, at all:
But how curious. You know my reputation for calling things by their blunt names. If I were a racist, wouldn’t I just say so?
Yes, because that’s totally how it works, isn’t it?
Hmm. I took some screencaps on Friday, and it’s technically true that no one gets up and yells “Hey, I’m a complete friggin’ racist!” As the First Dog would know, some dog whistles are so well known in Australia even a human can recognise them.
Some people who claim to be blacks
Gorge on the teat of our tax.
Though lacking in melanin,
Don’t ever try tellin’ em;
You’ll be sued for stating the facts.
See? Completely not racist. Unless you’ve lived through the Hanson era of the internet (shudder), in which case the dogwhistling is loud and clear. I’ll give them doggy identities to distinguish them:
#1, the Dachshund: Indigenous Australians have lots of (too many) “perks”, which the white people can’t have!
#2 – The Beagle: Not only do indigenous people have too many perks, but they’re a “protected species”. The getting of these “perks” constitutes an “Aboriginal Industry”. (That one was greatly loved by right wing commentators if I remember rightly.)
#3 – The Labrador: Being Aboriginal is “fashionable”. Another oldie but goodie from the History Wars.
#3: The Pit Bull: Being aboriginal is a “gravy train”. That’s why they’re just white people scamming the system.
“Gravy train of thought”? That’s an interesting, brown, runny metaphor.
#6: The Labradoodle: This one has a bit of everything, plus the notion that the “do gooders” have ruined it with their special perks and their gravy trains.
Well, you’ll probably agree that’s about as much as anyone can stand of Bolta’s monkeys. We’ve just demonstrated that with plausible deniability one can get away with just about anything. “Calling things by their blunt names”? Quaint.