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    Australians are basically English rednecks

    Australian Prime Minister Hits Back After Robin Williams for 'Rednecks' Jab

    Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has hit back at a jibe by U.S. actor/comedian Robin Williams that Australians are just "English rednecks", the Herald Sun reported Wednesday.

    Williams, who recently toured Australia, made the comment while appearing as a guest on the popular "Late Night with Dave Letterman Show".

    "The Australians are basically English rednecks. 'You down there, how are ya? Good to see you. Hello','' he said.

    Speaking to Triple M radio show host Eddie McGuire in Melbourne on Wednesday, Rudd 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."

    "That's my first response."

    Redneck, which commonly refers to a poor white person in the southern states of America, is also a derogatory term in Australia - generally referring to a stupid, country person with ignorant views.

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    Master stroke by Robin Williams.

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    Yes he sure is a Master ... bater

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    generally referring to a stupid, country person with ignorant views.
    We just call them "Northerners" in the UK.

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    Spot on for the NT.

    We're the Rednecks of Aus, therefore the Rednecks of the Rednecks.

    AND FOKIN PROUD OF IT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    generally referring to a stupid, country person with ignorant views.
    We just call them "Northerners" in the UK.
    I thought that applied more to politicians than anyone.

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    Rudd's a fool. Williams was pretty complimentary about Aus and very funny.

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    Rudd's a bit sensitive, isn't he? In fact, I think most Americans like Australians. My family and I have visited there, and had a great time and my niece went to college there for a semester. When you get wound up over a joking statement by a comedian, that's pretty sad. But then, politicians are a pretty sad lot, no matter what country they slither out from under.

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    oooh a bit touchy. Hasn't he got more important things to comment on.

    Should have just made a joke back.

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    Williams is having a laugh and Rudd is a sensitive knob.

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    I cannot belive any Australian would be offended by anything Robin Williams said, i also thought he was quite complimentary.

    However if Mr Rudd would like to file a class action against Mr Williams in London i am sure the lawyers will be happy to assist and there will be an accomodating
    judge to hear it!!


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    I'm a bit confused "Redneck, which commonly refers to a poor white person ..."

    What is a "white trash" then ?

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    How to win friends and infulence people !

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    ^^"Redneck" is often used in America in a non-derogatory sense. It is a phrase first coined to describe rural, white poor who worked the land, and thus had "red necks" from exposure to the sun while working the fields. With the passing of time, it has come to often be used to describe rural white Southerners who drive pick-ups, swill beer, listen to country music, watch Jerry Springer, etc. "White trash" is rarely used in other than a derogatory sense, and is used to describe rural or urban whites who live off of the welfare system, similar to their brethren of darker hue in the nation's urban ghettos. "Trailer trash" falls somewhere between the two. Many rednecks are quite proud of the title.

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    I pissed myself laughing and Rudd should lighten up and get himself a sense of humour or loosen up his underwear.

    I was slightly amused by Letterman as well. Has that Redneck ever left the safety blanket being the United States?

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    ^Very doubtful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    white Southerners who drive pick-ups, swill beer, listen to country music,

    NT to a tee.


    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    Many rednecks are quite proud of the title.
    It's a simple straightforward life.
    No bull shit.
    Top the tall poppies.

    End of story.

    FNQ is part of it all.

    Proud to live it.


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    ^ yep way I was brought up and as for them city slickers they can get f'd ... after nearly 10 years in Asia it is refreshing getting back into that lifestyle in the islands

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    knoath mate...ferkin YEEHAAA!!! i just got back from bloody ADELAIDE, talk about a city full of gala;s the blokes down there look prettier than the girls, the missus kept slappin me me and telling me to behave, it was just the redneck in me cutting loose

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    Quote Originally Posted by nedwalk
    the blokes down there look prettier than the girls
    Gotta keep you away from walking street next time your over here mate.

    Quote Originally Posted by nedwalk
    the missus kept slappin me
    Ahhhhhhhh, sexual abuse..........did you file charges?

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    Sensative Aussies, misnomer or what?

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    I thought it was funny. Not a knock on Aussies at all.

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    Actually in America it is taught that Australians were spawned from outcast Irish filth that England sent along to a barren brush like large island inhabited only by pygmy type neanderthals.

    Pretty accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghandi
    Actually in America it is taught that Australians were spawned from outcast Irish filth that England sent along to a barren brush like large island inhabited only by pygmy type neanderthals.
    Same blood that ran through the veins of many an American president so I have read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandajoy View Post
    Spot on for the NT.

    We're the Rednecks of Aus, therefore the Rednecks of the Rednecks.

    AND FOKIN PROUD OF IT.
    Yes somehow you really are proud of it lol

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