Some lovely Oz rock fans show their colors...
This is almost too wacky to be believed..but it's true.
The Australian flag has been banned from a major Australian music festival in Sydney after organisers branded it a "gang colour" and a symbol of hate.
Organisers of the Ozzie rock festival Big Day Out in Sydney at Homebush say they will confiscate any flag or bandana bearing the Australian flag at the gate.
They likewise labeled Sydney a `hot bed of racism' and the producers of the Sydney Showground event said it will be the only city in the nationwide event that will have flags confiscated. They also moved the show from its traditional Australia Day date to avoid any hint of Australian nationalistic pride.
The show's producers say they were mainly motivated by last year's Cronulla riots, which took place only weeks before last year's show. At that event, they claim that local Australians were `harassing people' (gee, why not just say Muslims?) and demanding that they pledge allegiance to their country's flag...what a racist concept, right?
To say this doesn't sit well with the majority of Australians is, well, an understatement.
Premier Morris Iemma claimed the promoters should "reverse their decision immediately".
"If they pulled this on Independence Day in the US, imagine what would happen. It's just ridiculous," he said.
(I agree, Mr. Iemma. Can you picture what would happen if the promoters of the Indy 500 or the All Star game tried to ban US flags at those events? )
"It is a ridiculous decision and I never thought I'd see the day when a promoter would ask young Australian people to celebrate Australian artists but not identify with their national flag."
PM John Howard, of course, weighed in as well: "The event organizers should not ram their peculiar political views down the throats of young Australians who are only interested in a good day out. It's an insult to all the flag represents."
Indeed it is. And what's more, I have a feeling that those patriotic Australians who happen to be Muslims agree.
One answer to this kind of PC wackiness would be for the fans all over Australia - not just in Sydney- to take matters into their own hands and let the promoters of the Big Day Out know that they'll be boycotting the shows and asking for refunds unless they change their disloyal ways.
Money always talks the loudest, especially to people that make a fetish of how politically correct and morally upright they are.