********Spoiler alert: @ozprotectionistparty is a parody**************
If you ever want to pick up the mood among Australia’s racist underbelly, then Twitter is a great place to start.
Some of the vilest guff comes out the mouths of anonymous twitter accounts, racist cowards not brave enough to sign their name to their bile.
Take for example I wrongly picked this fella:
I recently came across his account as part of a Twitter war involving Wendy Bacon, an academic and journalist (
@Wendy_Bacon) , Sharri Markson, media editor of The Australian ( @SharriMarkson) and News Corp ultra conservative columnist Miranda Devine ( @mirandadevine).
It was a classic lefty journalist criticising a News Corp editor, which descended into a slanging match.
The fuse seems to have been lit by Wendy Bacon. She tweeted in response to an article by Sharri Markson about how journalists that tweeted their own opinions (examples included Bacon herself, Crikey star writer Bernard Keane, former Channel Ten broadcaster Paul Bongiorno and journalist and blogger Margo Kingston) were putting journalism at risk.
Miranda Devine leapt to Sharri Markson’s defence in typical fashion:
I won’t go into all the comments – it was essentially a slanging match between ultra-conservative tweeters and left-leaning thinkers.
Amongst it all, @ozProtectionistParty caught my eye with this bogan-esque comment:
The twitter account is a parody – which I understand to be that he is actually mocking the right wing/racist elements in Australian society.
Otherwise and were it not for the spelling mistakes, it
seemed would be an almost perfect synthesis of all the worst right-wing stereotypes – refugees are illegal queue jumpers, feminists are power-hungry bitches, students are bludgers – cloaked behind an anonymous Twitter handle.
Ten years ago, this fellow – were he real – would be spewing this stuff down at the pub with his mates rather than on the public forum that is Twitter.
There’s thousand of REAL PEOPLE out there who are not a parody like this account, barometers of what’s lurking beneath the surface of people you might stand next to on the train on the way into work or who are in front of you in the queue at Hungry Jacks.
Eager funnels for every right wing ideology and stereotype that comes out of the mouths of white/male/conservative/bigots.
Just hope you don’t bump into one of these REAL PEOPLE on a bus or train: