Monday, October 03, 2016

The national anthem went off without a hitch at the Australian Football League Grand Final

Calls to emulate Kaepernick went unheeded

OBVIOUSLY no one was listening to Anthony Mundine. The former NRL star-cum-boxer wanted players and fans to boycott the national anthems at this weekend’s AFL and NRL Grand Finals to protest against Australia’s “ignorant” attitude towards Aborigines.

“Been saying this for years!” Mundine wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday. “The anthem was written in late 1700s where blackfullas (sic) were considered fauna (animals) Advance Australia Fair as in white not fair as in fair go ...

“All players aboriginal & non aboriginal should boycott the anthem & start changing Australia’s ignorant mentality. “Lets move forward together yo.”

The proposal was rejected by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who said: “Everyone should sing. Those like myself who perhaps are not the best singers should perhaps sing quietly so as not to ruin the experience for neighbours, but everyone should sing and everyone should be proud about our country and the fact that we can come together with sport.”

Swans forward Buddy Franklin rubbished the idea as “stupid” and television personality Karl Stefanovic thought it was “ridiculous”.

It came after NRL greats Larry Corowa and Joe Williams publicly called on players to “send a powerful message to white Australia” when Advance Australia Fair is played before the rugby league Grand Final at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.

But Mundine’s wish went unheeded, as the anthem went off without a hitch at the MCG on Saturday afternoon. The players put their arms around each other’s shoulders and the crowd was respectful.



Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

Mundline is just another little whining snowflake im glad the people ignored this blabbbering pinhead and he needs to grow up and act mature

Olaf Koenders said...

Mundine will never be mature. That Muslim apologist is a traitor to his own country. At minimum he should boycott himself, donate all his estate to charity go and back to his claimed heritage in the bush so we don't have to watch him drowning in his own self-importance.

Anonymous said...

Mundine is wrong is several respects:
1. Advance Australia Fair was written in the mid to late 1800s - well after the date he claims (in fact Australia did not even get the name until the early 1800s)
2. the word 'Fair' in the anthem does not mean or refer to 'white' but to beautiful.
3. Mundine is an idiot.