Holden harridan   9/3/2006

Almost everyone has fantasies. That’s why advertising works. Who hasn’t taken a wander from reality and imagined winning the lottery, opening the batting for Australia, telling John Howard to leave the keys in the top drawer? But except for the truly touched, fantasy has no lasting power and we’re soon back dealing with grim, sordid reality.
Advertising reminds us that nearly all of us have fantasies. And the best fantasies in advertising are funny, clever and, even to tots, clearly unattainable.
Those who don’t have fantasies — or won’t admit to them — are geriatric intellectuals like Germaine Greer.
The whiney old bag has hit the headlines again — and ensured a few more sales for the General — by getting her bloomers in a twist over a Holden ute ad.
Greer, who would like to “shoot” 4WD drivers, began her speech by attacking Holden over ads for the new Rodeo ute, in which a woman asks a man what his ultimate fantasy is, only to have him imagine driving off-road with a younger, slimmer and “entirely servile” woman.
“My question to you women is, why have you allowed this to happen?” Greer said. “Why haven’t plate-glass windows on Holden showrooms been exploding all over Australia? How much humiliation are you up for? I promise you, they wouldn’t dare do it in Europe. They would not dare.”
Greer, who said Holden would have based the ad on market research, said it demonstrated the problem of Australians, regardless of sex, not speaking out.
“Australians are naturally egalitarian, direct, honest, not eaten out by envy, but lazy and too slow to anger,” Greer told a crowd of 300 women at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
“Please get annoyed about this (Holden ad) because it shames us all.”

Fergawdzakes, the ordinary bloke imagining himself with an unattainable goddess has been around since Ugggg discovered his fist was for more than punching. It doesn’t usually transport to reality.
Maybe Greer was practising self-parody. Launching a jihad against the Holden ute from the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre seems a tad ironic. If not unhinged.

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4 Comments for 'Holden harridan'

    10/3/2006 | 7:34 am

    ‘In her speech, Greer criticised some women in leadership roles, saying feminists would have a bittersweet victory if the next US president was female: Condoleezza Rice’s best asset was her relationship with George W. Bush, while Hillary Clinton’s was her marriage to Bill Clinton.

    She said government leaders should not have to “lug along a receptive female” as proof of their manliness and women should not let them, particularly British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s wife Cherie, whose public appearances made her look hideous and demented and led her to be hated by the British public.

    “Here we have our own dear Prime Minister – this big man inside a tiny man struggling to get out – who’s been walking around India with his elbows out, just to prove he’s really big; ‘I really am a silverback, I might look like a chimp, but I am really a silverback’,” Greer told the lunch.

    “And there is his wife (Janette Howard), following on in case he should be overcome with conjugal passion. He might need her right there, you know, within six feet: ‘Come here my dear’.”‘

    You know, sometime somewhere, it must have been stood up by a bloke in a ute. He probably had something more important on, like crutching or pulling out a gearbox.

    Thomas the Tout
    10/3/2006 | 8:40 am

    That woman makes me cringe. Good thing she no longer lives in Oz.

    Paul Johnson
    12/3/2006 | 9:19 am

    This is particularly rich from a woman whose own fantasies include pedophilia.

    13/3/2006 | 6:13 am

    As a rule I’m against the legislation of euthanasia, but that woman really makes me reconsider.

    I did read recently that she’s now bleating about wanting to come back to Australia. Well, I have two words for her, and they aren’t ‘Welcome home.’

    As for her comments about Cherie Blair, how about the reason people can’t abide her is that she is a dhimmified brainless twit who has helped Tony turn the role of PM into a farce?

    Carol Caplin, anybody?

    Germaine needs to get overherself. I found the Holden ad tasteless, but not worth getting into a tizz over.

    I have a life.

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