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Attila the Pun
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
 
Go you good thing

Seen the new lamb ad? Do yourself a favour and check it out. Thankfully, the Advertising Standards Bureau has decided not to ban it, despite complaints that it vilifies vegetarians. Check out what Keka has to say in the ad:

"A balanced Australia Day diet should consist of a few nice juicy lamb chops and beer, and perhaps a bit of pavlova for those with a sweet tooth," Kekovich says.

"Yet your long-haired, dole-bludging types are indulging their pierced taste buds in all manner of exotic, foreign, often vegetarian cuisine - chicken burger value meals, pizzas, a No 42 with rice.

"It's an absolute disgrace, and people ask why we need capital punishment."

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Kekovich even invokes the spirit of Anzac, asking viewers if the diggers were fighting for tofu sausages.

"No. They were thinking of grabbing a lamb chop off the barbie with their bare fingers, sustaining third-degree burns, then sticking their hands in a relieving Esky to fish out a cold one," he says.

"The soap-avoiding, pot-smoking hippie vegetarians might disagree with me, but they can get stuffed.

"They know the way to the airport, and if they don't, I'll show them."

I saw an animal activist on the television claiming that Meat and Livestock Australia (who are running the ad) "risked offending a lot of people". Offending who - vegetarians and vegans? From their perspective, who cares? What are they going to do - boycott all meat products? They already do that you geniuses.

Also sought for comment were high profile vegans Dave Hughes and Andrew G. I don't find Hughes amusing, but at least he was taking the advert in the spirit in which it was intended. G, thinking he was now being interviewed in relation to "real" issues, took the whole thing embarassingly seriously. He offered to invite Kekovich around to his place for a delicious Vegan meal.

When told of this, Kekovich asked "Does a salad sandwich count as a vegan meal"? When told yes, he replied "Well I have had a vegan meal then. In 1987"

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