Bonita Mabo

AUTHENTIC BLACKFELLA LAUGHTER

When you have to justify your existence every day; when you’re told you’re not black enough or that you’re not an “authentic” Indigenous Australian… well, sometimes you just have to laugh.

 

                          Bonita Mabo. Portrait by Sam Mooy 2008.

And that’s just what our Indigenous community did this week when they took over Twitter and, using the hashtag #Itriedtobeauthenticbut , laughed themselves silly.

I laughed a lot too.

“I’m impressed with my mob’s capacity to laugh in the face of adversity! And gee we’re funny!!! And might I say, also kind! Xx,” said author and ...

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24 Comments

  • Reply November 15, 2012

    Random78

    Good onys wendy, great story amd great work showing another aspect of our wonderful. Indigenous community.

  • Reply November 15, 2012

    Lisa Lintern

    Loved reading about brilliant voices like these rarely heard in mainstream media. Keep it coming.

  • Reply November 15, 2012

    Heather

    Can Tony Abbott put his foot any further into his big gob?
    Come on Australia, you can’t seriously consider him as our next PM,

    • Reply November 15, 2012

      Ekka

      Totally agree, he is a goof!!

  • Reply November 15, 2012

    Kerry C

    Another cringe-worthy comment from Tony Abbott.
    Maybe this time, he is getting into “pick on someone else” mode because his beloved Catholic church is about to be hauled over the coals. Will give him a change of subject when questioned about the church’s role in cover ups.

    • Reply November 20, 2012

      Harry

      Don’t be too self-righteous about child abuse in the catholic church; everyone knows that aboriginal kids are sexually abused more than any others in the country.

  • Reply November 15, 2012

    Merryl Chantrell

    Tony Abbott only opens his mouth to change feet. Authentic Aboriginal indeed. Honestly stupid is forever.

  • Reply November 15, 2012

    Sarah

    Love this article Wendy! Would be wonderful to have a regular Indigenous writer on the Hoopla :-)

  • Reply November 15, 2012

    Rhoda

    It is heartening to read an article like this. Thank you, Wendy. Let’s hear more from our indigenous people. I think we’re all tired of the stereotypes and Tony Abbott really needs to put a sock in it. He has no clue.

  • Reply November 15, 2012

    Pam Newton

    And only The Australian could find a negative in it.

    The fabulous @Ebswearspink responds:
    http://ramblinggirle.tumblr.com/post/35744285619/ebswearspink-responds-to-aborigine-backlash-for-tony

  • Reply November 15, 2012

    ro.watson

    Some of the best laughs and sharing in my life so far,were with colleagues, in a stairwell, in a building that housed the Victorian Commissioner for Equal Opportunity in the late 80′s and early 90′s. In the stairwell, we were smokers and jokers…..defusing some revolting stuff.

  • Reply November 15, 2012

    ro.watson

    Anyway~” woof”, on silly colour naming schemes. Talk about “painting oneself into a corner”….Mr.Abbott, you need to meet more people and read more, and know more Australian history.. to discover the true meaning of “authenticity” and community identity. I am sure this task is not beyond you as I understand you were once a Rhodes scholar….

  • Reply November 15, 2012

    Nic

    I think we’d be better off with George W Bush as the Liberal leader than Abbott.

    Well, he’s made my decision about who to vote for next election VERY easy

  • Reply November 15, 2012

    Lucille

    Tony, dumb idiot is not fatal, but it is incurable.

  • Reply November 15, 2012

    ro.watson

    Arhh.. the burden of intelligence often falls on deaf ears.. like sticky ears that cannot fathom a life different and distinct from their own….

  • Reply November 15, 2012

    Tony W

    Years ago when I was at uni I used to drink with some Aboriginal blokes at a nearby pub, and they always used to crack me up with their jokes, there was something about their sense of humour. I remember one day I stood up to leave and couldn’t find my car keys, and I’m doing the panic thing, rummaging around the glasses and ashtrays on the table, when one of them asks with concern,
    What’ve you lost mate?”
    “I’ve lost me f…..g car keys” I snapped.
    To which he snapped back, “Mate, how do you think we feel? We lost a whole f…….g country!”
    They let a hush descend over the table for a moment, then pissed themselves laughing at my expense!

    • Reply November 15, 2012

      Wendy Harmer

      Well there you have it, Tony.
      What a great example of what we’re talking about. Bloody hilarious. Wx

  • Reply November 15, 2012

    ro.watson

    Definately expensive humour. Carol Martin leaves the W.A Parliament soon. The first aboriginal woman parliamentarian in Australia. There are so many complexities which are difficult to explain without insider knowledge….that goes someway to comprehending the gaps between blacks and whites in this country…

  • Reply November 15, 2012

    Olinda

    Hilarious!

  • Reply November 15, 2012

    ro.watson

    Slip,sliding away on hilarity and loss ~ actually appalled Abbott did not know better.. or know his colleague well enough to get ~ as I am assuming here~ our Noongah heritage and standing here…yoo hoo~ it goes far further back than most of us will ever know~ and this connection is not only about blood but connection to community and country. Identity is very deep for all of us.

  • Reply November 16, 2012

    Wendy Green

    Is everyone watching “Redfern Now”?
    It’s excellent drama with a bit of comedy thrown in here and there but, really, a bloody brilliant production.

  • Reply November 20, 2012

    Alf arnold

    You black fellers believe all this crap , what he said was completely taken out of context, and those who were there know it, all he was saying that it would be nice to have some elected people off the land that know what we need , not city folk who have never lived in the bush.

  • Reply November 24, 2012

    Tony W

    @ Alf arnold – “what he said was completely taken out of context”

    I know where you’re coming from Alf, but in making a distinction between “urban Aboriginal” and “authentic Indigenous representative”, Abbott took it into a dimension way beyond the simple bush vs. city folk dimension that applies for white people. He’s effectively saying Ken Wyatt is not an “authentic Indigenous representative”, which is why he took offence, and why Abbott apologized to him.

    The bigger point here is that Abbott just can’t help putting his foot in his mouth and offending people. Do you really want someone like that as PM of Australia, trotting around the globe offending world leaders without even trying?

  • Reply November 26, 2012

    Bella

    Great article and also I fully endorse how fabulous Redfern Now is. It is one of the best things the ABC has put on for quite a while!

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