Enough is enough. Stand up for our country and what we believe in:
- Not taking ourselves too seriously
- Having a laugh
- Not being a ■■■■■■■■ (a David ■■■■-head)
- Not waving flags, dressing in flags, masturbating with flags. Leave the jingoism to the Seppos.
- I'm patriotic and I have nothing against patriotism. I love my country. But true Australian patriotism used to be understated, subtle. Not ram it down your throat and let's bash people.
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I present to you exhibit A:
‘National ■■■■■■■■ Day’ cafe sign stirs Australia Day controversy
POSTED THU 28 JAN 2016, 3:38PM
| Updated Thu 28 Jan 2016, 3:54pm
While the Hottest 100 was blaring, new Australians were being welcomed and Invasion Day rallies were being staged around the country, a relatively unassuming sign outside a cafe on NSW’s South Coast might not have seemed like a newsworthy deal.
But the owner of Mister Jones, a cafe in Bermagui, has copped it big time for this sign.
“The scope of the hatred has surpassed any meaning that could reasonably be inferred in my simple chalked jibe.” - Matt Chun.
After being picked up by Meanwhile In Australia on Facebook, commenters swarmed the post - with some labelling the sign’s message as “insulting” and “disrespectful.”
“Free speech doesn’t mean you SHOULD slander the country you live in,” one commenter wrote.
Another called the cafe owners “hipster arseholes”, while others said the sign was, at least, “not a very savvy business decision.”
Others said it was a case of mistaken [‘■■■■■■■■’] identity. “Hahahahahaha!! The ■■■■■■■■■ that are ACTUALLY OFFENDED by this…”
Now Mister Jones’ owner Matt Chun has spoken out on the backlash that went a lot further than explicit facebook comments - he’s been abused over the phone and received death threats, Chun wrote on his Facebook page.
"Over the last days, messages have been cascading through my email account, containing unprintable abuse and describing group plans for physical attacks.
"My voicemail account has mercifully reached capacity and I’ve long stopped listening to the graphic and explicit death threats. These messages have been much more chilling than the thousands posted online.
"The provocative blackboard seems innocuous now, entirely disproportionate to the scale of the hatred.
Indeed, taken on face value, the blackboard was possibly the most Australian thing that one could write about ‘Australia Day’, in a country that claims to be proud of its ‘larrikin’ irreverence and self-effacing humour."
But Chun says while his sign attracted an overwhelming, and unexpected, bout of controversy, his stance on celebrating Australia Day remains steadfast.
"Celebrating January 26 at best trivialises - and at worst glorifies - the invasion of this continent, declaration of terra nullius, massacre and attempted genocide of its 30,000 year old indigenous population.
“It is a day spent reveling in the mindless perpetuation of old myths and the clumsy fabrication of new ones. It is no accident that ‘Australia Day’ has been so effectively co-opted by an extremist minority as a thinly veiled anniversary of white privilege.”
Chun’s post has been liked over 14,000 times and shared almost 4000 times on Facebook.
And while Chun found the door locks to his cafe “drilled out and the windows glued shut” on Tuesday, they had their "biggest ‘Australia Day’ crowd on record.
“Many people travelled from as far as Batemans Bay in the North and Merimbula in the South to drink a coffee and have a laugh.”