The Australian Football League (AFL) has been combating allegations of racism for some time now. Recent headlines include : Racist slur on footy field still hurts former Freo Docker Scott Chisholm, Steve Butler, The West Australian, July 13, 2018 | AFL star Eddie Betts targeted by online racist trolls, NITV/AAP, June 13, 2018 | ‘Situation of gross racism’: Wilkinson insulted by AFL’s response, Daniel Cherny, The Age, May 10, 2018.
Among the measures the sporting body has taken to tackle the problem has been its adoption of the anti-racism campaign ‘It Stops With Me’.
It’s a little surprising, then, that the venue for the first leg of Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux’s hate speech tour was the AFL in Cairns, viz, Cazalys Cairns.
Banned from the UK for her racially-provocative idiocy, she’s been welcomed by Mr Potato Head and celebrated by Newscorpse (see : News Corp Australia’s promotion of Lauren Southern is disturbing, Jason Wilson, The Guardian, July 16, 2018).
Lauren Southern’s next pit-stop is Melbourne on Friday, July 20, where she and the racist meatheads who flock to her banner will be given a traditional Melbourne welcome.
Sidenote: ‘ … Cazaly was a brilliant high-mark; he daily practised leaping for a ball suspended from the roof of a shed at his home. He could mark and turn in mid-air, land and in a few strides send forward a long accurate drop-kick or stab-pass. Fleiter’s constant cry ‘Up there Cazaly’ was taken up by the crowds. It entered the Australian idiom, was used by infantrymen in North Africa in World War II, and became part of folk-lore” (Counihan, 1979).’
See also : Milo Yiannopoulos and tour organisers yet to pay $50k bill for extra police at show, Melissa Cunningham, The Age, July 16, 2018.