Australia Hub

Aussie Funnyman Travels Across the Globe Asking Strangers 'G'Day Mate! How You Going?' - VIDEO

Gday Mate

Everyone loves an Aussie, but the accent can be quite the hurdle for Americans caught unawares. Kieran Murray is on a trek across Europe and North America, and along the way he's stopping to confound random strangers with his charming linguistic skills by asking them to repeat the traditional Australian greeting: "G'day mate! How you going?"

The reactions are...interesting, particularly from New Yorkers and one especially cracked out Los Angeleno in part 2. You can watch both part 1 and 2 AFTER THE JUMP...

Continue reading "Aussie Funnyman Travels Across the Globe Asking Strangers 'G'Day Mate! How You Going?' - VIDEO" »

Australian Conservatives Think This Ad for Maltesers Candy Will Turn People Gay: VIDEO


Australian TV viewers have made official complaints that an advert for Maltesers in which two men kiss promotes homosexuality, reports Business Insider.

The advert, which has been running without problems in the UK and other markets for years, portrays two heterosexual men snuggling up unawares while sleeping.

Complaints to Australia’s Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) have accused the ad of encouraging young people to be gay and of ridiculing gay people.

One of the complaints reads:

"I find it very offensive that while I'm watching tv with my child that an ad with a man kiss another man to come on to try and sell chocolates just like smoking and drinking alcohol leads to young people to do these things I feel strong that advertising homosexuals is try to turn young people gay."

Another offended viewer wrote:

"The two women place their boyfriends in a sexual/suggestive position while they are asleep. They are seen to kiss. The two women then laugh at what they have done. This ad is offensive because it continues to perpetuate the idea that being gay or male closeness is something to be ridiculed and laughed at."

In response to the complaints, Maltesers owner Mars Confectionery said of the “playful” ad that it would be inappropriate given the context to assume the men are of any kind of sexual orientation.

The ASB dismissed the complaints, ruling that the depiction of two men kissing would encourage young people to turn gay was an "unlikely interpretation and not one that is likely to be shared by the broader community."

On the issue that the ad promoted the idea that being gay or male closeness was something to be ridiculed, the ASB said the practical joke carried out in the ad is "not a derogatory sentiment toward homosexual men and did not depict material which discriminates against or vilifies a person on account of sexual preference."

Its worth noting that the men don't actually kiss in the ad.

Watch the offensive item, AFTER THE JUMP...

Continue reading "Australian Conservatives Think This Ad for Maltesers Candy Will Turn People Gay: VIDEO" »

Two Men Found Guilty in Perth, Australia Gay Bashing Murder


Two men in Perth, Australia have been found guilty of murdering gay man Warren Batchelor (right) in a vigilante attack, reports ABC.

A_160315genwarren1_1ahabtl-1ahac7cDaniel Wade Jones and Mark Taylor fatally bashed 48-year-old Batchelor at Middle Swan Reserve in November 2013. Mr Batchelor had been having a sexual encounter with another man in a public toilet when the attack took place.

Prosecutors described the murder as a vigilante attack designed to rid the area of gay men.

Both Jones and Taylor denied fatally injuring Batchelor who was king hit, punched and stomped while on the ground, then hit with a pole. He died two days later in hospital.

Taylor's lawyer said it was Jones who struck the victim with the pole and denied that his client injured the victim. He added that Taylor had done "stupid" things such as taking a knife to the toilet, but did not plan to kill anyone.

Jones' lawyer claimed his client did not injure the victim and was not in the toilet at all.

A statement issued by his family described Warren as "a kind, loving and caring man” who they miss every day.

Australian Sponsor of Marriage Equality is the Target of Letter Warning That He'll Be Shot

Senator love letter

Australian Senator David Leyonhjelm is the sponsor of Australia's marriage equality bill and in recent days has been pushing for a debate and vote.

Above is a letter the senator allegedly received from someone so threatened by equality that they warn him:

"The moment you legalize your filthy practice I would advise you to leave Australia in a hurry. There will be a curse on you and your family. Someone should give you a blast of shot gun. Preferably in the stomach you filthy animal."

(h/t Storey Institute)

Sweden's Eurovision Entrant Claims Gay Sex Is 'Not Natural': VIDEO


In the least gay decision in a prolific 60 year history, a singer who thinks gay sex is “not natural” has been selected to represent Sweden in this year's Eurovision, reports Pink News.

Måns Zelmerlöw (above left) was forced to apologize last year after saying “it isn’t equally natural for men to want to sleep with one another”. He also said that gay people should not have children.

Zelmerlöw later said in a statement:

“I want to apologize to all who take offense. I believe and hope that the vast majority know that I respect differences and all forms of love.”

Hmmmm…someone doesn’t want to get booed off the stage in May but it’s probably too little too late.

Meanwhile, Australia is taking part this year to celebrate the gayfest’s 60th anniversary. Last year, 3 million Australians tuned in to watch Conchita Wurst win with “Rise Like A Phoenix.”

Watch Zelmerlöw's very gay performance of “Heroes” on the Swedish National Song Contest along with Guy Sebastian (above right) doing Australian shoe-in entry “Tonight Again,” AFTER THE JUMP...

Continue reading "Sweden's Eurovision Entrant Claims Gay Sex Is 'Not Natural': VIDEO" »

Australian Anti-Gay Marriage Ad Warns Parents to 'Think of the Child' - VIDEO


A new ad by the anti-gay Australian Marriage Forum is warning viewers that "so-called marriage equality forces a child to miss out on a mother or a father." 

Australian LGBT news outlet samesame reports that the ad has already aired on certain channels, but AMF is furious the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) has refused to air the aid during tonight's broadcast of Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade highlights. 

GendAustralian Marriage Forum lobby group President Dr David van Gend, who appears in the ad simply billed as a ‘family doctor’, explained in an email to his supporters yesterday: “Our ad was booked and paid for to be shown tomorrow night during the SBS delayed broadcast of the Parade – but only yesterday our agent received this message from SBS management:

“We choose not to run this TVC for the Marriage Forum during the Mardi Gras telecast.”

“No explanation,” says a rankled van Geld. “As I see it, this is a case of censorship by a public broadcaster of even the mildest expression of ‘unacceptable opinion’ on same-sex marriage. That is a disgrace.”

Watch the ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

Continue reading "Australian Anti-Gay Marriage Ad Warns Parents to 'Think of the Child' - VIDEO" »


Towleroad - Blogged