Yet another political ambush for the Abbott government from the cultural left.
Adam Goodes has just been named Australian of the Year for 2014.
To be sure Goodes is one of the finest AFL footballers to ever play the game and has tremendous talent – yet it isn’t clear that this is why why he won the award. Rather:
The Australian of the Year 2014, Adam Goodes, was honoured for his leadership and advocacy in the fight against racism both on the sporting field and within society – a stance which has won him the admiration and respect of people around Australia.
That is one way to look at a rather nasty incident in May 2013 when Goodes had a teenage girl separated from her guardian and subsequently bullied, intimidated and interrogated by Victoria police for two hours.
A lot of people like to compare Adam Goodes’ gesture with Nicky Winmar’s ‘similar’ 1993 gesture. To my mind, however, there is a huge difference. Winmar pointed to himself with a ‘stuff you all, here I stand’ attitude. Goodes pointed to a 13-year old girl when he sent that same message.
Update I: On the bright side Goodes won’t be able to embarrass the government by campaigning against children being separated from their parents while being held in detention.
Update II: The 13-year old as described by Miranda Devine:
THE 13-year-old girl vilified for accidentally making a racist slur against indigenous footballer Adam Goodes is the daughter of a single mother on a disability pension, from one of the most underprivileged and powerless backgrounds possible.
Yet the elites of Australia’s sport and media have not stopped smashing her and her family as racist rednecks.
As one correspondent says, “Pick on a pubescent bogan, become Australian of the year.”