When words fail

In the anus of the universe, where bad taste decisions are released to float and stink for all eternity, this one holds a special place.

Deep down in the toilet bowl of poor judgement, alongside the Chasers War on Kids with Cancer, Hey Hey It’s Saturday’s Black Faces and pretty much everything Vile Sandilands has ever said, Zoo Weekly’s ‘Hottest Asylum Seeker’ competition stands strong, like the proud brown turd of a decision that it was.

The only shot fired was by Zoo Weekly into their own foot

If nothing else, the editors at Zoo have now confirmed that the place is run by and for animals.

The Oxford English dictionary, which ran it final full print this year, would surely have had the words ‘Tim Keen’ and ‘Matt Stanton’ in the definition of ‘prick’ if it were running a 2013 edition.

Matt Stanton, CEO of ACP Magazines.

As if Australia’s reputation with asylum seekers was not bad enough after twenty years of mandatory detention, including over a decade of international condemnation from the United Nations, Amnesty International and human rights lawyers across the globe, we now have Tim Keen and Matt Stanton, on the eve of the Olympics, winning a dual gold medals for Australia in the brain-melt-fucktathlon.

Asking asylum seekers to ‘share stories of their tragic past’ rivals if not trumps Vile’s on-air questioning of a teenage rape victim back in 2009.  Perhaps only a more tragic story than an asylum seekers journey to Australia would be an Australian man’s lifetime subscription to Zoo Weekly.

Thankfully there are some people with better taste than Tim Keen, Matt Stanton and the morons at Zoo Weekly.  Within 24 hours Matt Darvas and Change.org had 5000 online signatures petitioning for the competition to be pulled – and not the kind ‘pulling’ mostly Zoo Weekly readers would be familiar with.

Unlike Australia’s politicians when trying to come up with a decent asylum seeker policy, Matt Darvas and Change.org were successful and the competition was cancelled.

Change.org’s online petition, which is now closed

Zoo Weekly came out with a predictably insincere apology, ‘Zoo is happy to print an apology to those readers who were offended by our take on a very serious topic; and to acknowledge that for asylum seekers and refugees, and their families and supporters, it’s a subject too important for jokes,’ – well, I’m glad you finally figured that out Tim Keen and Matt Stanton, have you been asleep for the last decade?

Coincidentally, the abandonment of ‘Australia’s Hottest Asylum Seeker’ also coincides with the conclusion of Australia’s Dumbest Magazine Editor.

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9 Comments on “When words fail”

  1. Anonymous
    July 23, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    So, no ‘Free Speech’ then?

    I think a ‘Hottest Stolen-Generationer’ should be next, with a special category for white ones.

    Then a ‘Search for the Most Criminal Greenie’.

    Forget programs like ‘The Shire’. Try making one about the feral tree-sitters in the Tassie forests.

    And to end a fine evening’s entertainment, ‘The Fly-in, Fly-out Miner wants a Wife’.

    • July 23, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

      Amfortas, I never said I was against freedom of speech, Zoo Weekly have a right to publish what they did and I am exercising my freedom of speech to call it for what it is…

      • July 24, 2012 at 11:00 am #

        Distasteful yes, but is there a “sacredness” to being an asylum seeker that precludes one from joining swimsuit competitions? Is it because any asylum seeker who chooses to join trivialises the cause?

        • July 25, 2012 at 6:41 am #

          The problem is not with asylum seekers, it is with magazine editors who want to reduce the cause, stories, experiences, etc of asylum seekers to a tit fest – ‘…if you’ve swapped persecution for sexiness, we want to shoot you (with a camera – relax)!’, ‘…a short story about your tragic past,’ – these comments show an complete insensitivity to asylum seekers and their experiences.

  2. Amfortas
    July 23, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    Whoops, sorry. That was me..

  3. Amfortas
    July 23, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    I just don’t know what came over me.

  4. August 3, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    Now that they are here (in the community, not mandatory detention), do we pay for each asylum seeker to establish themselves, to the tune of $30,000 per person? They may not have skills, they probably don’t speak English so they will be firmly attached to the taxpayer’s teet. A social problem in the making.


  5. August 3, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    We pay for them either way – in detention or in the community. I know which one I would prefer – the cheaper and more humane way. I am a case manager for asylum seekers in community detention so I can tell you the level of English and job skills varies. The article you have linked to does raise many important issues about the lack of assistance many asylum seekers have, even though they are living in community detention.

    • August 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

      Thank you for your reply. To clarify this “lack of assistance”….

      1) How long should assistance be tendered for? How much assistance should be tendered per asylum seeker?

      2) How much should the cap be per asylum seeker to resettle them? How much should the Federal Government budget for?

      3) If they cannot speak English and have little prospects of getting emplyoment, how long will an asylum seeker be on welfare?

      4) Further to point 2, Is there a cap to the number of asylum seekers that Australia can host? If so, what happens when we breach this cap?

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