Matt Richardson

Cool Stuff... Patriotism...

December 20, 2004 | 1 Minute Read

Okay, for some reason at the pub last night, we got talking about that Fosters advert that they showed during the last Olympics. Just went looking for it, and couldn't find the video, but i managed to find a transcript of it, and a few interesting comments about it...

I don't have a kangaroo for a pet
I don't wrestle with crocodiles
And I don't wear a cork hat
I fight wars
But never start wars
I would rather make peace
I can wear my country's flag with pride
I am a rock
I am the island continent
My brothers are the Smiths, the Wilson's, the Santerellis, the De Costis,
The Wong's and the Jagamarras
I play football without a helmet
I like beetroot on my hamburger
I ride in the front seat of the taxi
I believe it's a prawn not a shrimp
I believe the world is round and down-under is on top
I believe Australia is the best address on Earth
And Australians brew the best beer.

A few things about this:

  • We cant say that we “never start wars“ anymore, after our lovely governments decision to invade Iraq.
  • has another version of it, which is definitely not PC, but fairly accurate <IMG alt=":)" class="emoticon" src="/images/emotions/emotion-1.gif" border=0>
  • Hmmm... would kill for a real hamburger <IMG alt=":)" class="emoticon" src="/images/emotions/emotion-1.gif" border=0>

As I was searching for a video version of this, I ran across a reference to the I Am Canadian clip, which is fairly similar. It was on a survey site, with the text of the advert, and a question - “Is this anti-American?“. Very scary how many people said it was - over a third of the people responding. Gah. Next they'll decide that Canada is hiding weapons of mass destruction and decide to invade...

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