Written by Frances Kindon, July 8, 2016

Well someone has been watching too much Crocodile Dundee haven’t they?

After reading Margot Robbie’s new interview with Vanity Fair, that’s the only sensible conclusion that we can come to.

Written by US journo Rich Cohen, as well as having seriously pervy undertones, the piece is also riddled with put-downs against Margot her fellow Aussie folk. What did we ever do to him?

Yep, from calling us ‘throwbacks’ through to insinuating that dingos eat our babies on a daily basis, his stereotyping it out of control.

Put down the pen buddy!

ICYMI, here’s nine of the worst slurs from the script…

1. “[Margot]is from Australia. To understand her, you should think about what that means. Australia is America 50 years ago, sunny and slow, a throwback, which is why you go there for throwback people.”
Brbs, gotta go brush my mullet and fix up my shoulder pads…

 

2. They still live and die with the plot turns of soap operas in Melbourne and Perth, still dwell in a single mass market in Adelaide and Sydney.
If it didn’t happen on Home and Away, did it even happen? Ah, the riddles of life.

 

3. When everyone here is awake, everyone there is asleep, which makes it a perfect perch from which to study our customs, habits, accents.
Not to be pedantic, but if we’re asleep, how can we be watching and studying your customs, habits and accents? Just a thought.

 

4. … studying from afar as she waited for the perfect moment, the perfect wave, which she rode from the beach in front of her town on the Australian coast all the way to the billboards along Sunset Boulevard.
We don’t just ride waves, we’ve got utes too FYI.

 

5. Robbie grew up in Gold Coast, a city on Australia’s Pacific shore, 500 miles north of Sydney. In an old movie, you might have seen a crossroad sign demonstrating just how isolated it was, just how far from the known capitals.
Ah, yes, the mysterious outpost that is the Gold Coast – I had a cousin who went there once, she’s not been seen since.

 

6. Margot lived with her mother and three siblings—her parents divorced when she was a kid—in a house in the hills, the sleepiest part of a sleepy city at the bottom of the world.
He’s clearly never been to schoolies then.

 

7. Her father does some farming and some other stuff.
Don’t listen to him Margot’s dad. People who do ‘stuff’ make the world go round.

 

8. Now and then, she stayed with cousins who lived in the hinterland of the hinterland, where there really were kangaroos and a dingo really will eat your baby.
And Wolf Creek is just around the corner.

 

9. When she talks about it, you see the arid country, the horizon on every side, blue sky, yellow fields. “But I don’t like to talk about it,” she says, because it only “encourages stereotypes.”
Did you hear that Rich? Margot’s not loving your work, and neither are we.

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