Anorak | Aussie media boxes itself into a racist Corner over Katie Taylor

Aussie media boxes itself into a racist Corner over Katie Taylor

by | 8th, August 2012

NOT only did the Daily Telegraph (Aus) claim Irishboxing star Katie Taylor as one of their very own (see left) but journalist Peter Hanlon of Australian media group Fairfax produced a stunningly stereotypical piece on the success of the Olympian in the aftermath of her victory over Team GB’s Natasha Jones on Monday.

Hanlon’s article, which was run in the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Brisbane Times, practically jumped out at the reader dressed in a leprechaun’s outfit shouting “Bejaysus”.

Take the headline itself, which successfully covers the old drunken Irish stereotype

“Punch Drunk: Ireland intoxicated as Taylor swings towards boxing gold”

However, Hanlon’s not done with the drunken angle yet. He then adds a few individual drinks into the mix for good measure.

“For centuries, Guinness and whiskey have sent the Irish off their heads. Now all it takes is a petite 26-year-old from Wicklow.”

Not satisfied with painting the Irish as a nation of feckless drunks, Hanlon then hits us with a one-two combination of a) fighting and b)

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