But here, preserved in a screencap, is Australian uni student Nick Sowden calling Barack Obama a monkey during the much-publicised interview with Kerry O’Brien on the 7:30 report on last night:
He starts with this
I’m not sure why they paid kerry to fly to America, if they wanted to interview a monkey surely a Ferry to Taronga would have sufficed.
It obviously fails to get the reaction he wants, so he tries again using the hashtag created for the interview:
If I wanted to see a monkey on TV id watch Wildlife Rescue. #justsaying #obama730
He then gets some critical reactions – which he RETWEETS to his followers, whom he obviously thinks will have not only adored his first tweets but will be even jollier when they see the lefties getting upset about them. Not long afterwards, following a barrage of criticism, his account was deleted.
Doing a search on Twitter for “@nicksowden” today reveals retweets and critics galore, and it’s still going on this morning. Links to screencaps and blog posts have been tweeted to @TonyAbbottMHR to ask for his opinion (so far so shtum). But Nick Sowden’s name is not only all over Twitter, it’s being blogged and tumblr’ed heavily and also picked up by the MSM.
Nick Sowden is listed as a member of the Young Liberals (nb for USAians, our Liberal Party of Australia is a conservative political group) and has been very active in UQ student politics. He’s apparently also an openly gay conservative student politician, which is kinda refreshing but I bet he’s just alienated at least half of the people who might just have held their nose to vote for a Young Liberal candidate because he was a cute gay medical student. Tough luck if he had plans for standing for election in the broader public sphere any time ever.
Addendum: when I started composing this post, I could look at the photos on Nick Sowden’s Facebook account. Then I suddenly couldn’t any more. Do I hear the tinkling wand of the clue fairy whooshing by?