Lefty Lunacy: Don’t play around with boomerangs


Chanel has been blasted by the divine authority of Twitter after making a $2,000 boomerang and “appropriating indigenous culture”.

Stored in the “other accessories” section of its boutique website, this expensive toy caused someone lost in cyberspace to be “offended that a company would make a joke out of something that was used as a weapon for survival”.

The internet’s cause was taken up by ‘writer and activist’ Nayuka Gorrie, who wrote that the giant manufacturer of luxury goods has not taken into account that her community has been “dispossessed of our land in a brutal colonial project beginning at the end of the 18th century that is still ongoing”.

Chanel should realise that in the crazy world of the Twittersphere, things have the habit of coming back and whacking you on the head.

Photo: Chanel

  • Busy Mum

    Oh, that brutal colonial project that allows Nayuka Gorrie to access the internet and while away her hours as a writer and activist….. rather than having to spend time throwing boomerangs around in an endless round of hard work in order to stay alive.

  • adambagpuss

    Surely there are some in the ‘indigenous culture’ that would love a bit of boomerang bling?

  • I’m happy with the concept of avoiding cultural appropriation if all the other cultures adopt the same position and don’t appropriate “white man’s” culture and inventions.

    • Coniston

      Including the English language (the main ‘white’ language).

  • Labour_is_bunk

    I understand the Chinese visited Australia hundreds of years before Europeans.
    Wonder what the Aborigines would have thought of them if they’d taken a shine to the place and established a foothold?

  • Craig Martin

    When oh when is a company going to have the nuts to shrug this nonsense away with a good old, ‘Ah well, such is life.’

    The pretence of offence is simply tiresome.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      “Ah well, such is life.”

      Reputedly, the last words of Aussie bushranger Ned Kelly just before he was hanged– even MORE appropriation of Australian culture, albeit of the “Settler” variety? 😉

      • Craig Martin

        Ah well, such is life.

  • Owen_Morgan

    Nobody seems to complain when islamic terrorists “culturally appropriate” rifles, machine-guns, high-explosives and rocket-launchers, none of which, to the best of my knowledge, gets much of an outing in the koran.

    • klm

      Don’t forget about the ubiquitous white Toyota pick-up trucks.

      • Groan

        No I think you’ll find they get a mention somewhere.

  • Is it worth pointing out that Chanel are a fashion company, not historians? Don’t like it? Don’t buy it.

  • The_Pr1soner

    Presumably, she’ll be pushing for Aborigines to be banned from education, using metal tooling and all those other ‘Western’ inventions. They’re culturally appropriating our stuff, innit?

  • Another stick with which to beat whitey. Such weapons tend to break easily when used on the backs of those with the backbone to stand up to their attackers.

  • UKCitizen

    Strange how I as a cis white male, could rant to my hearts content at these companies about the things I find offensive, but all I would get for my trouble is to be ignored or thrown in jail.
    Perhaps if we applied the same rules to these people, in the spirit of equality, they would STFU!