The Ayatollah had nothing on our tradies

A big, girly tradie, on his way to lodge a complaint. Picture: Supplied to the Australian

The Ayatollah Khomeini famously said that there is no humour in Islam. Khomeini’s trademark scowl tended to prove his point. Yet, the Islamic theocrat was a whacky jokester, in comparison with Australian tradesmen.

Palaszczuk apologises to tradies over ad

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has apologised over an ad featuring a tradie riding a pink child’s bicycle to work to avoid congestion during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

In our contemporary Orwellian culture of self-righteous censoriousness, humour is verboten, apparently.

But it has come under fire from some tradies, who say riding to work isn’t an option for them and feel the ad is mocking them.

“There wouldn’t be a Commonwealth Games without the work we’ve done and to now tell us to get on our bikes is extremely rude … it’s just a spit in the face for tradies,” tradie Mitchell Hemmings told the Gold Coast Bulletin on Tuesday. Ms Palaszczuk on Wednesday apologised to anyone upset by the ad and encouraged organisers to do the same.

What for? As the Australian saying goes, That was a joke, Joyce. Australian tradies used to be knockabout larrikins, not a bunch of sooky-la-las who chuck a hissy-fit because someone hurt their fee-fees.

The only person weaker than these fragile little snowflakes is Premier Pluckaduck, for folding so easily. Caving in to the wowsers is a huge mistake. It never satisfies them, it only encourages them. Being “offended” is a power-game. Forcing people to apologise all the time only makes the cry-bullies more powerful.

“It was all done because sometimes you need humour in life,” [Mark Peters, chief executive of the Games’ organising committee] said.

Exactly. Take a teaspoon of cement, and harden the f- up.

If you can’t, you might want to consider swapping those hi-vis vests for some frilly blouses.

– The Australian

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