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‘Nigel the Crazy Noonga’ Website Shut Down | Racism Outrage

Posted in Uncategorized by coda on September 30, 2009
  • tags: free speech, human rights, hate speech

    • A website set up by a Perth student about a fictional Aboriginal character has been shut down and is being investigated by police amid racism claims.

      The website, which Radio 6PR reports was created by a 19-year-old Curtin University student, features audio excerpts  of a character called "Nigel the crazy Noonga", who prank calls businesses and fast-food outlets with a fake Aboriginal accent.

      The portrayal of negative Aboriginal stereotypes has sparked outrage from the Aboriginal community.

      Craig Somerville, lecturer at the Curtin University Centre for Aboriginal Studies, told 6PR he believed the material on the website had crossed the line between humour and racism.

      "This is very nasty, rude and bad material," he said.

      "It’s not only bad humour; it perpetuates a wrong judgment about Aboriginal people."

Had we an ILaw program in Semester 2, this would have been a good case study.

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