24 thoughts on “Native Advertising

  1. munkifisht

    I have no idea what this is about. Are you raging that Abbey Travel dare to show the people who are actually from Australia as being those who you might meet in Australia, that you might actually go there to try and celebrate the diverse culture of the Aboriginal peoples rather than visiting Ramsey St? Or are you offering plaudits to AT for doing exactly that. Either way this is a non story.

    1. MoyestWithExcitement

      Do you think that’s how aboriginies live? Sure they clearly had to use tents for the “huts”.

      1. munkifisht

        No ye plank, I think that’s how aboriginal people stay in touch with their heritage.

        1. MoyestWithExcitement

          But do not you see how a different message is implied by sticking that in a tourist ad?

          1. munkifisht

            Every country in the world that advertises itself as a tourist destination jacks up the stereotype, and none more so than Ireland. Do you want to see an ad with people sitting around watching the TV or playing angry birds on their smartphones?

          2. MoyestWithExcitement

            If Abbey Travel advertised trips to Nigeria with pictures of people with bones in their nose and holding spears, would you be “confused” if people said ‘hold on a sec?’ would you?

          3. Nigel

            Hmm, there may be something to be said about a country that treated its natives as appallingly as Australia did and does using them to promote tourism. It’s probably more complicated than that, though, and depends on how they engage with and benefit from tourism and whether that contributes to keeping their culture alive.

  2. Eoin

    How do you know that this isn’t part of a cultural education/ tourism program in conjunction with the aboriginal tribes? Foreign tourists get to go to Oz and learn about the native people and their culture by experiencing it directly maybe? It might not be automatic exploitation. And Abbey travel have had those Oz ads up for years.

  3. Vote Rep #1

    Are we meant to be outraged about what has happened to Aborigines or that Aborigines are being used to advertise Australia? I need to know. I’d be pretty scarlet if I was all outraged about the wrong thing.

  4. KirkenBrenner

    If only they were in adidas tracksuits while doing their squatting. Then it would be a completely different story.

  5. Funster Fionnanánn

    The Aussies, a lovely tolerant people. Please don’t ask any aboriginals.


    Look, a kangaroo.

  6. TheDude

    Is the point that the real imagery for Australia travel should be pasty lobster burn Paddys in GAA tops who never leave Bondi?

  7. rotide

    wtf, need an outrage indicator stat.

    The nice thing about this is that Bodger clearly had a read of Dr Silke’s article above and got in there with a headline of the dankest meme. well played.

  8. Tish Mahorey

    They won’t see many Abos in Coogee, Bondi or Glamarama. Or in the CBD where they’ll work.

  9. Starina

    oh wow. you’ve totally passed “aware of cultural appropriation” into “offended by the sight of non-white people”. It’s like you’ve gone full-circle; you assume that anything to do with tourism with photos of the native population are exploitative and that all contact is bad.

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