‘Complain and we’ll get it taken down’
September 24, 2009
Australia’s race discrimination commissioner says he is confident YouTube, MySpace and Facebook will remove references about a fictional Aboriginal character – but he needs public complaints before he will approach the internet giants.
Graeme Innes was referring to the furore that erupted over the “Nigel the Crazy Noonga” website [www.crazynoonga.com] created by a 19-year-old Curtin University student.
The site featured audio excerpts of a character who prank calls businesses using a fake Aboriginal accent.
It was shut down after protests from the Aboriginal community and a complaint to police, but excerpts can still be found on US-based social networking and video sites YouTube, MySpace and Facebook [“Sadly Nigel can’t read or write so this group was established on his behalf after he threatened to quote, “Knock me on my hole” if I didn’t” — and ‘excerpts’ can be found all over the place].
Mr Innes told WAtoday.com.au the Australian Human Rights Commission had “quite a deal of success” getting such material removed from the sites in the past, but he needed to receive complaints from the public before he could act.
Such complaints could be made at the commission’s website.
“Obviously this sort of material has a very negative impact on any community that’s vilified in this way,” Mr Innes said.
“It’s not funny, it’s not humurous [sic], it’s just having a go at Australian society.
“To vilify someone on the basis of their race doesn’t just damage that group, it damages society as a whole.”
‘Crazy Noonga’ website sparks racism outrage
September 24, 2009 – 2:19PM
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…