Bogan Pride

There seems to be an increasing trend for Australian motorists to attach Aussie flags to their cars on the Australia Day Long Weekend.

The fashion seems to be either two flags poking proudly up from the front or back windows or perhaps one wagging like a friendly dog’s tail off the back aerial.

Occassionally you’ll see a very patriotic sort with both and perhaps even a full sized flag, creating quite a bit of drag I would think (flag drag?), but that’s usually only if towing a trailer or boat.

I confess I’m not sure how I feel about all this wrapping oneself up in the flag business.

I’m all for a bit of national pride – a bit of “aren’t we lucky to be living in such a great place” fervour – and in the past even toyed with the idea of an Aussie flag bikini, although it’s true, not recently.

I quite like the idea of a big fireworks display in the middle of fire season, not that I can bear the day long picnic that goes with it.

The Australia Day Awards bring a tear to my eye and frankly I’d rather be Australian than anything else.

This flag waving thing, it’s tribal isn’t it?

And who is in this club? 

From my observations – white Australians.

Are we turning Australia Day into White Australia Day?

When does pride in one’s country cross the line to redneck jingoism… bogan pride?

Or worse… racism?

2 Replies to “Bogan Pride”

  1. I was in Sydney’s Bicentennial Park for an Australia Day picnic last Monday with my sister and her Serbian husband. There was a group of people getting nationalised and none of them were white. In fact I saw very few white faces there that day. Unlike the predominantly white suburb I seem to live in over here. Yes, flags abounded over there as well.

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  2. IMHO the reason there are more flags attached to cars this year is because more of them have been made (in China, of course) and more have been made available for people to buy – they see them in all the shops everywhere and the kids want them and everyone else is doing it and it seems like a good idea. I, too, am pleased at the level of national pride but I’m convinced some of it is just the latest trend based on what’s available in the shops and for that reason I have been a bit ‘bah humbug’ish about it (especially the super giant flags on the back of utes!)

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