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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Meow-ing At Australian Finance Minister Penny Wong

June 3rd, 2011 | 5 comments | Posted by Jen

Don’t fuck with Australian Finance Minister Penny Wong. She’s the first openly-gay member of the Australian cabinet and the first Asian-born federal minister, not to mention the first person who’ll cut your dick off if you meow at her like a pussy during a parliamentary hearing.

Watch below as Wong takes Senator David Bushby to school Wednesday for sexist behavior:

Meow? More like RAWR.

[HuffPo: Penny Wong, Australian Senator, Gets 'Meowed' During Debate (VIDEO, POLL)]

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AMAZIANS OF THE WEEK! The Tran Family USA

November 29th, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by Diana

The story could’ve seemed a little sketchy. An Aussie named James West was cc’d on an American Tran family’s emails for three years (there is, in fact, an American “Jimmy” West related to the family). And though he generally trashed the emails as SPAM, this year, he got interested. He read through a thread as it built up to the Thanksgiving holiday–intrigued by talk of famous deviled eggs, “hoppy” beer and cheese broccoli casserole–and realized something: he wanted to attend the Tran family Thanksgiving. More importantly, he had to track down the Trans, and fast.

But he couldn’t just creepily stalk the family, he had to come clean first. If you’re going to pursue a strange family, you have to do it out in the open. So he took to YouTube:

In one of the most interesting social experiments of recent times, West documented his search for the family as he raced against the clock in order to hop on a plane to Florida in time for Turkey Day, if only to figure out what “Stove Top” was–all while building a supportive groundswell among the YouTube community.

Not only did he find them, but they welcomed him into their home for what seemed like a truly lovely Thanksgiving dinner. A happy ending indeed!

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Finger Lickin’ Awkward

January 6th, 2010 | 12 comments | Posted by Diana

KFC created the ad below for its Australia market. The spot features a white dude getting himself out of an “awkward situation” at a cricket match by offering the black folks around him his bucket of fried chicken.

TMZ included a KFC rep’s remarks to a local paper when posting the video today, which were:

“It is a light-hearted reference to the West Indian cricket team … The ad was reproduced online in the US without KFC’s permission, where we are told a culturally-based stereotype exists, leading to the incorrect assertion of racism.”

Kentucky Fried Chicken–a company born in the dirty South of the United States and currently housed in the Kentucky-based corporation Yum! Brands, Inc.–needs to be told that a culturally-based stereotype exists? Are you fucking kidding me?

See, y’all, this is why I eat Korean fried chicken once a week. Sometimes twice.

[TMZ: KFC Ad -- Ok For Australia, Racist For US?]

Thanks, Jen!!!

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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Melissa Wu

August 4th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: Melissa Wu

Age: 16

Hails from: Australia

Occupation: Olympic diver

Known for: Her work on the 10M platform (solo and synchronized), being the youngest and smallest diver (at 4’6″ and 81 lbs.) to ever represent Australia, winning the silver at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, making this oh-so-Hardass quote her mantra: “Strong minds suffer without complaining, weak minds complain without suffering.”

Judging by her Takkle profile, which lists her favorite movies as Borat and Jackass and her favorite TV shows as Little Britain, Family Guy, and Summer Heights High, Melissa, who is half-Chinese (from her father’s side), also has winning sense –i.e. our kind–of humor.

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ON THE BOBA RZULTS: Save the Whales!

January 8th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

We guess y’all love the environment and stuff because 78% of you did not object to seeing this grunting Japanese businessman get harpooned…

…all in the name of “whale safe” beer (still not sure what that is).

So save the whales, dammit!

And read the latest update on the Australia v. Japan whaling showdown here. Things are heatin’ up over thurr in Australasia!

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You Talkin’ to Me?

August 16th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Nobu Matsuhisa opened his 19th restaurant this week in Melbourne, Australia. The chef, who helped make sushi an international cuisine and introduced jalapeno farming to Japan, traveled Down Unda with his business partner Robert De Niro for the opening.

NOBU: It’s an honor to be opening in Melbourne.

BOB: One shot is what it’s all about.

NOBU: You all, of course, know Bob, my longtime business partner and friend.

BOB: Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut.

NOBU: So true. I do think the key to a successful business is relying on your friends.

BOB: I’m da boss.

NOBU: Yes, Bob’s the boss. I wouldn’t be where I am today if Bob hadn’t told me to open in New York.

BOB: No matter how big a guy might be, Nobu would take him on. You beat Nobu with fists, he comes back with a bat. You beat him with a knife, he comes back with a gun. And you beat him with a gun, you better kill him, because he’ll keep comin’ back and back until one of you is dead.

NOBU: Uh, well, of course Bob is speaking figuratively. I would describe our partnership as–

BOB: I make him an offer he don’t refuse.

NOBU: Yes, that’s exactly how things went down. Are there any more questions?

BOB: Listen, you fuckers, you screwheads. Here is a man who would not take it anymore. A man who stood up against the scum, the cunts, the dogs, the filth, the shit. Here is a man who stood up. Nobu Matsuhisa, everybody!

NOBU: Thank you, Bob. That was really moving. (beat) Uni shooter, anyone?

BOB: Suck on this!

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