Andy certainly knew what he was talking about. Anyone can rattle off the names of at least ten people who have had fleeting fame, and sometime more, for essentially doing nothing noteworthy, and sometimes for doing something incredible stupid.
Is that a good thing? Not as far as I’m concerned. I can’t really see anything good coming out of rallying around imbeciles. The imbecile du jour is a really special case. She famous for a tale she’s spun on the spot when giving a statement to a police officer in Sydney’s red light district. It used to be lying to a police officer when giving details of a crime you witnessed was an offence, now it’s a ticket to celebrity status.
The imbecile is one Clare Werbeloff, aka “Clare the King’s Cross bogan”. For those in the northern hemisphere, bogan is a slang term for a redneck, or indeed, for any lower class, uneducated, uncouth person.
Clare’s statement to police about gunshots that were fired outside a strip club have become a YouTube and Facebook phenomenon. I quote here her exact statement to police:
“There were these two wogs fighting. The fatter wog said to the skinnier wog, ‘oi, bro, you slept with my cousin’. And the other one said, ‘nah, man, I didn’t for shit, eh.’ And the other one goes, ‘I will call on my fully sick boys, eh.’ And then he pulled out a gun and went chk-chk boom.”
I don’t suppose you need to speak Aussie to get the gist of all that, but just in case, she’s saying two non-white guys got in a dispute and one pulled out a gun and shots were fired. So what we have here is one imbecile spinning a yarn about an altercation between two other imbeciles, and this is cause for celebrity!
This 19-year-old bimbo now has herself a press agent. She saw a news camera, ran over and got in front of it, and the rest is history. Hundreds of thousands of people have seen the interview, and she has a fan page on Facebook with more than 13,000 members. Tellingly, a hate page also on Facebook has hardly any. Long live the bogan.
Dance mixes and t-shirts with the chk-chk boom slogan have sprung up also. As of this writing she has apparently gone into hiding, but was due to emerge back into the spotlight for Australian television station Channel 9’s A Current Affair.
Apparently the “skinny wog” she referred to is one Justin Kallu, who was on the receiving end of the gunshots. He’s upset that he’s in a hospital bed with wounds and this liar is running around being toasted for filing a false police report. Her family is reportedly embarrassed by her actions and fears gang reprisals.
This is now the way of the world. It just happens every day. What are we coming to here? It used to be that you had to accomplish something outstanding to be admired and looked up to. Now all you have to do is be an imbecile.
I guess there will be one hell of lot more celebrities soon.