The Australia Day Bully – A Guest Post

Today a powerful guest post from a friend of mine for many years whose twitter handle is @yowie9644.

The Australia Day Bully

As someone who just “didn’t fit in” throughout school, who just “didn’t fit in” through my 20’s and even early 30’s, and only in the last 15 or so years has found a group of people I feel like I *do* fit in with, I am not just saddened, but also rather scared of those who are saying “Fit in or Fuck Off” for Australia Day.

What you are doing, by saying that, is being a bully. You are perpetuating the ostracism that those who think they don’t fit in already feel. You are telling that desperately shy girl who always sits in the corner that she should fuck off. You are telling the boy who has to wear coke-bottle glasses because he can’t see with out them to go to hell. You are telling the girl who had leukemia and her hair fell out because of the chemo that as far you’re concerned, she doesn’t matter. You are telling that little boy with the brown skin and the strange accent that not only is he not good enough to be here, that you would prefer he would just disappear. You are telling that mother over there who has spent most of her life running from those who want to kill her in the country she was born just because she wanted to go to school that you’d prefer her to be dead. You are telling your ancestors, maybe even your own parents, who left the countries of their birth to come here because they felt they didn’t fit in where they were, that they shouldn’t have bothered, that you would not welcome them if they came here today.

Is this the small minded, petty and bigoted Australia that you want? If yes, then perhaps you are right. Maybe I should just fuck off.


6 thoughts on “The Australia Day Bully – A Guest Post

  1. Azrael (@4Q2x) says:

    Posts like these give hope to all those who didn’t “Fit in” those like me. Your voice from the wilderness has been heard by many many hundreds if not thousands who are or were also in the wilderness. May all your dreams and wishes come true.

    The boy who grew up in Dapto

    1. Yowie9644 says:

      I grew up in Warilla, spent some time in Bellambi, and now live in Dapto. (For those who aren’t from Wollongong, these suburbs all have a large proportion of housing commission homes)

      I understand.

      May you too find your ‘tribe’ and fulfil your dreams.

  2. Azrael (@4Q2x) says:

    Just having written the above post then comes Rodney Hoggs’s comment on twitter, and the battle for acceptance continues, an everyday battle to be accepted by main stream Australia. You should email Rodney Hogg a copy of the above post.

  3. wafflycat says:

    This article is exactly why I am very, very proud to have yowie9644 as a friend of many years’ standing. She is one of those wonderful people that when you know them, your life is greatly enhanced and she is a joy to know. She’s one of life’s genuinely humane hearts.

  4. Annielizando says:

    Well articulated post. Australia Day makes me cringe and I am about a fifth generation Australian but I have lived about a decade in other parts of the world. I am not not a believer in the ‘cultural cringe’ thing that (often) anglophiles like to go on about. Obviously the British (or is that just English?) would love for us to limit our own potential by being a weak and cringing little colony. Jolly gosh, I am frightfully sorry but that just isn’t the case for most of the country!
    Australia is a young nation in terms of the majority of its population. Like any teenager, it doesn’t have all the answers and is still scoping the world and itself out. It’s a balance really of being gung-ho (is that a mandarin word which we have adopted as our own?) and humble/open to new realisations and growth. I really hope that we start to see more and more inspiring and thoughtful figures on the Aussie stage come to light as the baby boomer generation die out and we start to see what a non-industrial, nature-respecting and multi-cultural society can be when it finds itself in ripe conditions.

    1. wafflycat says:

      “Obviously the British (or is that just English?) would love for us to limit our own potential by being a weak and cringing little colony.”

      Pardon? Err… I’m a Brit (English Brit) and I don’t know of one single Brit who has that view of Australia. Or anything remotely near that sort of view of Australia. There’s actually a lot of respect & affection for Australia/things Australian. Shared language, shared history, family & friends living in Australia obviously got much to do with it. I really, really don’t recognise your view of the British towards Australia, which appears to be rooted in the 19th century, not the present.

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