Australians will not stand for being ridiculed by Americans

For any actor, making it in Hollywood is quite literally a one in a million achievement. So, I couldn’t be prouder of the Gold Coast’s own Margot Robbie.

She’s a gorgeous gal and she’s also very talented.

I get a little cranky on her behalf when all of her hard work gets reduced down to her appearance and little else. But I also get cranky when uniformed ‘journalists’ on the other side of the world pretend they know anything at all about Australia or Australians.


Such is the case in Vanity Fair’s latest profile on our lovely Margot.

The article’s author, Rich Cohen, has copped a fair whack of criticism for his odd profile, in which he managed to insult this both Robbie and all of Australia at the same time.

“Australia is America 50 years ago,” he says, “sunny and slow, a throwback, which is why you go there for throwback people.”

What does that even mean?!

Or this little gem about the Gold Coast – which makes it clear he’s never been anywhere near the coast, or even given it a cursory google search when researching the article:

“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,” he says.

Yep that’s right, we’re so isolated here in our sprawling city of 600,000 plus people, with one of our nation’s biggest capital cities less than an hour’s drive away…

He also described the Gold Coast as arid. It makes absolutely no sense at all, especially when the Gold Coast is known for its beaches, rainforests and theme parks!

I mean come on, even a cursory google search would have revealed how stupid this statement is.

He’s since come out and said he was “joking”, but really, let’s call a spade a spade: he was being rude.

It’s little wonder that his Cohen’s remarks about the ‘exotic’ Margot Robbie, dripping with arrogance and unwarranted pity, ultimately made Australians recoil.

The best thing about it was the  brilliant spoof it inspired from

After all, as the Australian newspaper noted: “If there’s one thing Australians will not stand for, it is being ridiculed by America.”