I read on Crikey today that a local tit tabloid recently published a double page featuring women in bikinis on yachts, and placed on the page was an “ad” asking for “Australia’s Hottest Asylum Seeker” to contact the magazine for a photo shoot.
The text reads :
We’re looking for Oz’s hottest asylum seeker, so if you’ve swapped persecution for sexiness, we want to shoot you(with a camera-relax!) Send your pics and a short story about your tragic past to:xxxx
It’s not funny. It’s not even tasteless. It’s just purely disgusting. I am very glad to learn that Zoo‘s circulation and readership has plummeted in the last 12 months. Because stupid shit like this makes me ashamed to be living in this country, and I can’t believe that there are actually people out there who are dumb enough to pay money for this. It’s bad enough that people seeking asylum in Australia are constantly labelled as “illegal immigrants”, and that a majority of politicians has no problem with “processing” asylum seekers (it is legal to seek asylum in Australia, remember!)offshore, ideally in countries like Malaysia that aren’t part of the refugee convention. Anyone who helps an asylum seeker is automatically labelled a “people smuggler” these days, but as someone said on Twitter the other day, by that measure, Oscar Schindler would have been a people smuggler too.
Hundrets of people have drowned just in the last few months while trying to get to Australia to seek asylum, men, women, children. It baffles me that most of our politicians can think of no other solutions than to either “turn the boats around” or introduce “offshore processing” (as if the current processing location of Christmas Island wasn’t offshore enough). A country of 22 million should be able to deal with 30000 refugees per year, and its politicians should at least make an effort to think up humane ways of dealing with these people.
But when I see repugnant shit like this Zoo page, I want to lose faith in humanity.