Sunday, January 21, 2007

National Pride? Not until after midnight...

From the Herald Sun via Common Sense and Wonder:

Organisers of the Aussie rock festival at Homebush will confiscate any flag or bandana bearing the national symbol at the gate.

Labelling Sydney a hot bed of racism, producers of the Sydney Showground event said it will be the only city in the nationwide event to be subject to the draconian action.

Promoters have already moved the event from the traditional Australia Day gig to a day earlier to avoid nationalistic overtones.

Spooked by last year’s event, which came only weeks after the Cronulla riots, organisers will outlaw flags being brandished as a “gang colour”.

Prime Minister John Howard said the Big Day Out should be cancelled unless organisers reversed their decision to ban the flag. Big Day Out patrons were intimidated and harassed at the Sydney event on Australia Day 2006 by bigoted fans brandishing flags and demanding people pledge their allegiance.


“I am telling people not to bring flags - they are free to get them out at midnight on their way home when it is Australia Day.”

Wanna be frightened? Read the whole thing!

It's funny. I somehow doubt that Urban-Outfitter garb, which has gained much publicity through LGF in recent weeks, would be included on the list of unacceptable clothing.

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