Aus PM’s anger over Robin Williams ‘rednecks’ jibe


Kevin Rudd, you really do need to lighten up. Robin Williams is a comedian, and a very good one at that. If you’re wound so tight that you can’t take a joke then it’s really your problem; go see a shrink (psychiatrist).

By the way you’re right, the United States is full of Rednecks. They populate many states but mainly thrive in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. TGO

Refer to brief story below. Source: Associated Press

SYDNEY (AFP) – Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has lashed out at US comedian Robin Williams for calling Australians “rednecks”, suggesting the star should look closer to home before bashing Aussies.

Rudd hit back at the Oscar-winning actor during a radio interview after Williams told US talk show host David Letterman that “Australians are basically English rednecks. You down there, ‘how are ya? Good to see you. Hello.'”

“I think Robin Williams should go and spend a bit of time in Alabama before he frames comments about anyone being particularly redneck,” Rudd said on Melbourne commercial radio on Wednesday.

The comedian went on to say: “I realised that if Darwin had landed in Australia, he would have gone: ‘I’m wrong’.”

In fact Darwin, the father of the theory of human evolution, did spend time in Australia in the 19th century.

Williams made the irreverent cracks following a recent visit to Australia, but the joke appeared to have bombed Down Under, at least with the prime minister.

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