Yes, but Australians are still 20 years behind the rest of the world and find racism funny.
Thank god I moved overseas, leaving my uneducated, redneck, hideous countrymen behind.
I’m so ashamed I’ll even say I’m from New Zealand if I’m asked.
Sure tinydancer, you are superior to us Aussies. Glad you don’t identify as one of us. I can’t really understand why you would want to then identify as a New Zealander, it is well known they have severe Xenophobia..
Titty Twister : Australians tell people to “Harden the fuck up” and it’s a pretty common phrase for people that are too soft and can’t take a joke “Mate, have a teaspoon of cement and harden the fuck up”
I remember watching south park and the episode was about ginger kids. Just from that I think it is used in the states and more common than you think. However we don’t no where this person is from so it could be anywhere.
The saying “harden the fuck up” comes from a popular Australian comedy show called Ronnie John’s Half Hour so VillageIdiot was not using the incorrect saying, TittyTwister. Also, I live in the midwest United States and one of my friends has red hair and we call him a ginger. As a matter of fact, we call all redheaded people gingers. It’s not derogatory or ignorant, it’s just…funny.
i think that it was a little ridiculous to get fired over the name “Terry the Chocolate Orange” (quite funny btw). And for the record, i have heard the term ginger used, i was called that when i went to my military tech school. I think that the company could have handled the situation differently, but someone could have taken offense to it and reported them…and they have those equal opportunity policies everywhere these days in the states…
Seriously, though, it’s not that racist. It’s not saying anything derogatory about black people or red heads, it’s just making a joke about chocolate oranges, which are yummy. Also, I don’t know where this guy is from, but as for Australians, it’s considered friendly to insult people in Australia.
Anyway, it’s not something I would’ve said but not something that I would’ve thought anyone should get fired over, either.
tinydancer: If you were born and raised in Australia, you are a result of Australian upbringing whether you like it or not, even if you consider yourself “above” the rest of us. Don’t be a coward and just own up to it. You are allowed to still have your own values and be Australian.
As an NZer, I don’t think we’re any more xenophobic than Australians.
Though Australia does have the best start to any TV show ever with Summer Heights High..
“People are racist to us FOBs, so we can be racist to Rangas!”
“But red-haired people aren’t a race Jonah.”
“But sir there’s heaps of them, they’re everywhere!”
Well, paint me red and call me a ginger….I’ve only ever heard “lighten up”…like “you’re taking things to hard” so “lighten up” I guess it makes sense both ways. See, they always say you learn something new every day =)
@jmdp, thank you thank you, can’t believe i didnt think of Jonah as soon as “Rangas” came up.
“How is it okay for you to bully Ben?
“‘Cause he’s a ranga.
“A ranga, sir. ‘Cause he’s got red hair, Orangatan. That’s what we call them.
tiny dancer you also have a tiny mind. What is the world coming to when a fanta pants and black guy cant be the brunt of jokes… Why is everything always considered racist a joke is usually only funny when its at someone elses expense….stop being so precious and learn to laugh again
im an aussie redhead and i dont give a damn about being called ginger, ranga, anything like that. mal-intentioned racism isn’t cool by any standards but when its genuine light-hearted fun who is it hurting? whoever fired this person clearly has no sense of humour, lol.
This made me remember I had a chocolate orange in the fridge. Fuckin tasty. Both as a joke and in my mouth. But seriously living in North America, and having a sister that is living in Aus and just married an Aussie, I gotta say “political correctness” (notice the quotes, as if to indicate the idea behind such a notion is absolutely rediculous) isn’t in the Australian vocab and I love it.
I think the only think that could have topped the original post off would have been if the confectionary was orginally named, “Toby’s Chocolate Orange”.
I thought that was the funniest post I read in a while – stolen or not – I love chocolate oranges! And in no way did I think that was racist… I would’ve laughed myself silly if someone had said that to me!
Yep, I am an Aussie,
and to those who are making gross generalisations of us being racist…. um, how about you fuck off? Yeah, Thanks.
My mum’s gay, her partner is a brit, my brother is Muslim, my sister-in-law is Malaysian so my nephew and niece are half asian.
If that doesn’t show you how multicultural we are then I don’t know what does.
The fact is that most people take our sense of humour the wrong way. I agree that sometimes it’s a bit borderline, but for fuck’s sake, lighten up, assume everything we say is meant as a joke and Viola! you don’t end up getting offended.
If you can’t laugh it off, there’s something wrong with you. If an aussie is polite and well mannered it means they really don’t like you, the more rough and rude we are to you, the more we like you. Deal with it.
you’re all arguing as to whether the post could be australian or american, based on whether ‘g i n g e r’ is an accepted term there. also there are posts mentioning terry being a good name, or suggesting ‘toby’s chocolate orange’? irony? i’m not sure. but the fact is, ‘terry’s chocolate orange’ is the trademarked name of a chocolate snack in england.
so unless you have that in america or australia, and were aware of aforementioned confectionery, then you’re all utterly wrong, barking up the wrong tree, and missing some (if not the (orange) essence) of the joke.
alordslums, we DO have them in America! I just had one last month. The joke doesn’t really make much sense if you don’t know what they are. I just thought that Kamelita was being completely thick in thinking that no one in America uses the term ginger. I don’t care where the hell the joke originated from; it CLEARLY wasn’t from “Pimpmachine.” With a name like that, you don’t have the luxury of being clever.
Omg, I wonder if that’s my whore next door Neighbor?
She’s such a ginger whore. Annnd now she’s pregnant.
Hey, if you’re reading this; STFU everyone in the building can hear your obnoxious sex. And clean out your vagh, we can smell it from here.
Actually it was pretty rare to hear an American call a redhead a ginger until after the South Park episode, and even now it’s still fairly rare. I do think that was a pretty stupid reason to fire someone though. You shouldn’t lose your job over being a rude jerk. It was pretty funny though.
I know the English like to call redheads “Gingers”, where us Aussies call them “Rangas” like most have pointed out already. I love how ex-patriate Australians become less Aussie the farther they move away from Australia.
I’m would almost bet my left nut TinyDancer is Germaine Greer!!! Offers nothing constructive, but spreads plenty of vitriol and stereotyping.