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The other tribe of indigenous Aussie culture.

I am by nature rather eclectic in my viewing habits when it comes to broadcast TV I actually even watch some shows on SBS  and among that channel’s offerings   I have enjoyed several of the productions from Paul Fenech,” Fat Pizza” and “Housos” are both quite clever pieces of over the top satire and once you hey past the rather amateur acting and production values both programs demonstrate a clear affection for the subculture that they satirise . the Advertising for the new program to be screened on Seven Mate  shows some promise of the satire being turned up to eleven.

 

Bogan Hunters ... Housos cast (L-R) Elle Dawe (Shazza), Paul Fenech (Franky), and Kev Taumata (far right) go in search of Australia's biggest bogans. Photo: Peter Stoop Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/housos-stars-reveal-australias-biggest-bogans-id-probably-be-scared-20140401-35vpo.html#ixzz2xfMQ1aS9

Bogan Hunters … Housos cast (L-R) Elle Dawe (Shazza), Paul Fenech (Franky), and Kev Taumata (far right) go in search of Australia’s biggest bogans. Photo: Peter Stoop 

Tasmania is the bogan capital of Australia and if you’re seeking bogans in the ACT look no further than the nation’s parliament.

These are just some of the findings to come out of a “bogan odyssey” completed by self-proclaimed boganologist Paul Fenech.

If I was thinking about a holiday in Australia and I saw this, I’d probably be scared

With the other two members of his crack team, Shazza (Elle Dawe) and Kev the Kiwi (Kevin Taumata), who will be familiar from the controversial SBS series Housos, Fenech has visited every state for a new 7Mate series called Bogan Hunters.

“There are plenty of places in each state,” he says. “Start in the centre of a city and drive for about 35 minutes minimum into the suburbs and you will find a bogan area.

“Tasmania has the top-shelf, black-label bogans. There’s an element of boganicity there that is worthy of another 15 years of social study.”

And the epicentre of Tasmanian bogan culture is in a suburb of Launceston, according to Fenech.

“It’s a place called Ravenswood, which they told us not to go to because we’d get stabbed,” he says. “But we didn’t get stabbed and it was all nice.”

From the promo it looks as if this program will also be taking a very big bite at the many reality shows that populate the Mate (and other Freeview channels ) schedule. You know,  the shows like “Auction Hunters” “Toy Hunters”  , “Swamp people”, “Pawn Stars”, “American Pickers” ect ect ect. Now I personally know more than a few “Bogans ” many of whom are  great people who would give you the shirt of their backs if you were a mate in trouble, they may not always be the most self aware folk but they are at generally an alright group as long as you understand and respect  their culture and, more importantly, you don’t try to patronise them. Sadly, far too many of the Late sipping brethren have more affection for every other  migrant or religious ethnicity than they do for the other tribe of indigenous Aussie culture.

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3 Comments

  1. Jeff G. says:

    I personally know more than a few “Bogans ” many of whom are great people who would give you the shirt of their backs if you were a mate in trouble, they may not always be the most self aware folk but they are at generally an alright group as long as you understand and respect their culture and, more importantly, you don’t try to patronise them.

    The definition of a “bogan” is very much based on personal opinion. I sort of agree with what you have written above. But where bogans get real boring real quick is that a lot of them can’t tolerate anything different. A lot of them aren’t accepting of others if they don’t like footy, don’t drink VB, don’t listen to Cold Chisel, don’t drive a Ford / Holden, etc. You are right that bogans don’t like to be patronized. But they don’t like to educate themselves or try new things either. What is the point in life if you can’t or won’t do that? It must be boring to be a bogan and just have to get pleasure from the same things over and over again, don’t you reckon?

  2. Iain Hall says:

    Jeff
    Up here no self respecting Bogan would be caught dead drinking anything other than Fourex!
    If they were to “educate” (code for becoming a straight laced suburbanite) then they would lose their cultural identity Strewth Jeff you are going to have to get with the program and stop[ disrespecting their culture and demanding that they become just like everyone else.I bet you would not say the same thing about the other indigenous Aussie tribe now would ya? Essentailly you are advcating a sort of slow genocide…

  3. Jeff G. says:

    If they were to “educate” (code for becoming a straight laced suburbanite) then they would lose their cultural identity

    I don’t speak in code. I use the word “educate” in its traditional sense. There is nothing wrong with a bit of self education and enlightenment.
    As for “losing their cultural identity”, you don’t have to surrender your culture to get a taste of someone else’s. Only an idiot would argue that.

    Strewth Jeff you are going to have to get with the program and stop[ disrespecting their culture and demanding that they become just like everyone else.

    What program? Yours? And enough of this “disrespecting their culture” bollocks. Its not the culture or habits of bogans that bother me. It’s the fact they can’t see the world outside of it. If you don’t play footy you’re a poof. If you don’t drink VB (or Four X, i.e. cat’s piss) then you’re a girl. There is nothing more irritating than people who think that they are normal and anyone who doesn’t like the same things is abnormal. Bogans do that all the time. Mind you so do a lot of other groups.

    I bet you would not say the same thing about the other indigenous Aussie tribe now would ya?

    Here we go again. It’s a hall mark (no pun intended) of your blogging that you like telling other people what they would think or say in certain situations. You wouldn’t have the first idea what I’d say. If you want to know, just ask, and I’ll tell you. Don’t just make shit up.

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