The speciallest snowflake in all Australia

Party-thrower and all-round knob Corey Delaney speaks out on Current Affair. The full ACA report is available here, but here’s the key interview with Corey himself. Before watching, read “But it’s OK – they’re white!” at Road to Surfdom.

Transcript of interview (any mistakes are mine) follows. Corey wears a multicoloured cap, straw-bleached hair, a fur-lined jacket open displayed his pierced nipple, and comically large sunglasses.

Interviewer: Corey, thanks for joining us. The only question I can think to ask is – What were you thinking?

Corey: Uuuum – I wasn’t, really.

I: Did your parents say you could have a party?

C: Arrm – No.

I: So – why did you?

C: Uuuum – I dunno. It was just a get-together with a coupla mates at first, and then we thought, we might as well just have a bit of a party, and then it sorta just got outta hand, and – yeah.

I: Well, 500 people turned up, the air wing of the police force, the dog squad, your neighbour’s cars were being destroyed. What have your parents had to say, Corey?

C: Um, I haven’t really talked to them, because every time they’ve called, I don’t answer. Cos, yeah. They’ll probably try to kill me.

I: So – that’s a short term strategy. You’re going to have to talk to them eventually. What are you going to say?

C: Uuuum. Sorry?

I: Are you sorry?

C: Aaaah – Yeah? Yeah, I am.

I: You don’t sound very sorry.

C: I can’t be exactly blamed for everything that happened, because it wasn’t in the house, it was out in the street, and I didn’t do it – like – the police said “You stay inside, so you don’t get in trouble”, so I did do what he said. So.

I: Why don’t you take this opportunity now to apologise, to your parent, and to your neighbours, who have said today that they were frightened.

C: Well, I’ve already offered – I’ve already offered like to say sorry to them and stuff when I see them, so – I will say sorry now for everything that happened, and –

I: Why don’t you take your glasses off so we can see you? And then apologise to your neighbours for frightening them?

C: Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Naaaah. I’ll leave these on. Nah, I like ’em.

I: They might be fined twenty thousand dollars. Are you going to try and pay that for them?

C: Yeah, but I don’t think it’s fair they’ll be fined it, cos what happened – it was my party, but it could of just been any random person in the street doing it. It happens all the time.

I: Your parents were out of town, you put out the invitation, you started it. Why don’t you make a grown-up decision now and accept responsibility? Take off those glasses, and apologise to everybody that you frightened, to the police who were forced to retreat and whose cars have been damaged, and to the community who have to pay for this? Take your – take off your glasses and apologise to us.

C: [sulkily] I’ll say sorry, but I’m not gonna take off my glasses.

I: Why not?

C: Cuz. They’re famous.

I: Because your glasses are famous?

C: Yep.

I: Why are your glasses famous?

C: I dunno – everyone lllikes them. So I dunno. I’m not takin’ ’em off.

I: You’re pretty happy with the way you look, and the attitude you’ve got, are you?

C: Yeah! My parents aren’t, but I am.

I: OK Corey, we’ve gotta wrap this up. But what would you say to other kids who were thinking of partying when their parents are out of town?

C: Get me to do it for you.

I: Get you to do it for you. Not, “Don’t do it.”

C: Yeah! Nah! Get me to do it for you. “Best party ever so far”, that’s what everybody’s been saying, so.

I: Well, we’ve got to go. But I suggest you go away and take a long hard look at yourself.

C: I have. Everyone has. They love it.

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12 replies

  1. A workmate suggested military school. I’m tempted to go with a good slap up the chops, but that’s not really appropriate. I’m glad he’s not mine.

  2. I too am glad he’s not mine.
    He will eventually act the smug prat in front of someone who will be more than just a little irritated by it, and I hope they break the sunglasses.

  3. I don’t know who annoys me more– the kid or the interviewer (to be fair, the interviewer just annoys me because I’m biased against ACA in any form).
    It’s great that you linked to the Surfdom piece in order to provide context. As it is, people see this as a reflection on the kid as an individual. If he was Aboriginal, his entire race would be considered responsible, people would be talking about interventions, making broad statements about what his parents must be like…

  4. Yup, the kid sounds self absorbed and thick. So do most teenage boys and girls. They also lie to their parents and refuse to sound contrite when the rest of us think they should. It doesn’t necessarily follow that the kid is irredeemable. He just got a hellava lot more publicity than other kids get, which is probably counter productive.

  5. I though that the interviewer was an idiot. Who did she think she was? His mother?

  6. I chuckle over the likely fact that in years to come he will look back at the photos and realise what a birk he looks.
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  7. Despite his horrendous fashion sense and smarmy attitude, I’m warming to him (although I’m still glad he’s not mine). It’s hardly surprising that he responded with scorn and insolence to the patronising interviewer.
    There’s a few good points made over at LP regarding the over-reaction of the police with the prospective charges against him. In particular, the idea that he or others might be charged with “child porn” charges for taking photos of each other’s bare arses when the minors who committed (and filmed) the Werribee assault were charged with nothing? How fucking offensive is that?
    Mark’s also right on this:

    First, while I’m all for individual responsibility, I don’t see why the Victorian Police have a right to bill anyone for doing their job and still less to charge one individual for property damage he can’t solely have been responsible for.

  8. First, while I’m all for individual responsibility, I don’t see why the Victorian Police have a right to bill anyone for doing their job
    This has been used against worthier people, e.g. to use an example I have been highlighting, the Tasmanian police’s court action against Alannah Beltran (the “Weld Angel”).
    I had forgotten that the Werribee rapists hadn’t even been charged. Is that right? F**king offensive doesn’t even cover it. Who should I write angry letter to Tigtog – police commissioner or DoJ? or both?
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  9. Sorry Helen, I think I’ve misled you. The Werribee rapists were charged with assault, but despite them filming the rape and planning to distribute DVDs of the rape for sale, none of them have been charged with making child porn. That was the comparison I was making – it seems ridiculous to charge teens taking shots of each other’s arses bared for the purposes of showing contempt with “child porn”.

  10. Agree, on Werribee, of course. And I should have explained ACA’s trash-tabloid nature, for overseas viewers. I’m afraid I don’t share your warming for this guy, however – I knew too many of his sort when I was at uni, and all, when doors were closed, did a lot worse than sneer at cameras.

    it seems ridiculous to charge teens taking shots of each other’s arses bared for the purposes of showing contempt with “child porn”.

    Is there any evidence that this is what was going on at Narre Warren, or it is speculation?

  11. Oh, I still think he’s acting the git. I just don’t find his response to the ACA interviewer to be necessarily all that awful, in light of her attitude.
    As to the arse-baring, I was going on what was pixellated out of the news coverage, and that there haven’t been any reports of photos of actual sexual activity. So yes, speculating.

  12. Apparently, the filmed activity which resulted in child porn charges being laid against the lad was semi-naked girls playing Twister. So it’s a bit more exploitative than just filming your mates baring their arses, but it’s still just giggling nudity at a party: it’s not what I’d call pornography, and I expect a judge will throw it out of court.
    It’s certainly hardly up there with what the Werribee rapists planned with their video of the attack, for no child porn charges at all.

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