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Steve Irwin is yet to be buried. Here’s Germaine Greer in the Guardian:

The animal world has finally taken its revenge on Irwin ...

Why the bitterness, Germaine? Someone take a bite out of your gingerbread house?

What Irwin never seemed to understand was that animals need space. The one lesson any conservationist must labour to drive home is that habitat loss is the principal cause of species loss.

Greer divides her time between a farm in Tuscany, an apartment in London, and a property situated on 50 hectares of Queensland rainforest. Won’t someone please think of the habitat loss?

What seems to have happened on Batt Reef is that Irwin and a cameraman went off in a little dinghy to see what they could find. What they found were stingrays. You can just imagine Irwin yelling: “Just look at these beauties! Crikey! With those barbs a stingray can kill a horse!” (Yes, Steve, but a stingray doesn’t want to kill a horse. It eats crustaceans, for God’s sake.)

That’s an innovative way to criticise someone; imagine them saying something stupid, then correct that imagined statement. The whole game of opinion writing just became a great deal easier.

(Via Darryl Mason, who has further views.)

UPDATE. Australian magazine marie claire recalls an Irwin story:

Steve and Bindi were a pleasure to work with, according to our photographic team, who spent a morning with the Irwins at their family home, Australia Zoo on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Even the three leeches that attached to Steve’s foot didn’t bother him.

You can just imagine him naming one of them “Germaine”.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/05/2006 at 12:18 AM
  1. Can’t we slip a blue ring octopus into Germies’ fartcatchers?

    That’s one habitat that no-one wants to save, even though it contains a pristine old-growth forest.

    Posted by Habib on 2006 09 05 at 12:24 AM • permalink

  2. what a bitch

    Posted by Mospact on 2006 09 05 at 12:25 AM • permalink

  3. Bitch bitch bitch bitch bitch bitch bitch bitch
    She’s a stupid bitch!
    Germaine Greer’s a bitch
    Yeah she’s such a stupid bitch.
    BITCH!

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 09 05 at 12:30 AM • permalink

  4. Habib you are a very wicked man and surely will go to Hell and burn there.  However, you forgot to mention the very large O-hole also to be found within GG’s drawers, which endangers species.

    Posted by crittenden on 2006 09 05 at 12:43 AM • permalink

  5. Greer hasn’t done her research. This Enough Rope interview screened last night:

    Andrew Denton: A lot of people see you as this… this larger than life Steve Irwin, in some ways a one-dimensional, almost cartoon character. But what they, perhaps, don’t know is you’ve bought huge tracts of land in Australia, Vanuatu, Fiji, US. Why have you done that?

    Steve Irwin: I’m a conservationist through and through, Andrew. That’s, er…that’s why I was put on this planet, um, for the benefit of wildlife and wilderness areas. That’s what I’m into. That’s what makes me pumped, mate. That’s what myself and Terry and our families have been all about.

    Andrew Denton: So what’s this land for?

    Steve Irwin: Um, it’s like national parks, mate.

    Steve Irwin: We… You know, easily the greatest threat to the wildlife globally is the destruction and annihilation of habitat. So I’ve gone, “Right, well, how do I fix that? Well, making a quid here. People are keen to give me money over there. I’ll buy it. I’ll buy habitat.” And I reckon the only thing wrong… Now, how’s this? The only thing wrong with, you know, wildlife in Australia is that I don’t own it. I could… Imagine how many kangaroos and crocodiles I could have if I owned Australia?

    ... so whenever we get a…a, um…enough cash and enough…and a…and a chunk of land that we’re passionate about, bang, we buy it. And what we’re trying to do is we’re trying to set an example to the world that, um, every single person can make a difference. Particularly those in the, um, in the political arena, um, those that have zoological facilities, any, you know, multinationals, any millionaires. They can all make a difference by buying chunks of land.

    Irwin agrees with her!

    Posted by TimT on 2006 09 05 at 12:43 AM • permalink

  6. Sorry, link for that is:

    http://www.abc.net.au/tv/enoughrope/transcripts/s960998.htm

    Posted by TimT on 2006 09 05 at 12:44 AM • permalink

  7. When does the human world get to take it’s revenge on her ugly shitface?

    Posted by Bonmot on 2006 09 05 at 12:47 AM • permalink

  8. Germaine Greer is a professional sneerer, plain and simple.

    To be a sneering writer is easy, in analogy with the idea that sarcasm is the lowest form of humor.

    F**king idiot !!

    Posted by closeapproximation on 2006 09 05 at 12:48 AM • permalink

  9. Greer divides her time between a farm in Tuscany, an apartment in London, and a property situated on 50 hectares of Queensland rainforest.

    And Laurie David, Al Gore, et al., fly around in private jets to preach of the coming apocalyptic Global Warming unless the hoi polloi change their evil SUV-driving ways.

    Welcome to the return of the Limousine Liberal.

    Posted by Bruce Rheinstein on 2006 09 05 at 12:49 AM • permalink

  10. I had the displeasure of reading the entire Greer article. It is just one long sneering , mocking condescension at Irwin, and at the end, she shows her cards. She doesn’t like him because he was a conservative.

    Posted by daddy dave on 2006 09 05 at 12:49 AM • permalink

  11. Proposal for pilot tv series…

    “when Feminists attack”

    Posted by closeapproximation on 2006 09 05 at 12:50 AM • permalink

  12. #4 ... because of the greenhouse gases it produces. 

    Thanks TimT, BTW for that interesting news that Steve was a sort of wacked latter-day private sector Teddy Roosevelt.

    Posted by crittenden on 2006 09 05 at 12:51 AM • permalink

  13. So, if Germaine is hit by a car it’ll be the mechanical world striking back?

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2006 09 05 at 12:54 AM • permalink

  14. Obviously she is still pissed at him for saying J.W. Howard is the greatest PM ever.

    Posted by Razor on 2006 09 05 at 12:58 AM • permalink

  15. What does one expect from the Guardian UK and it’s useful useless “useful idiots”?

    What is a wonder is how they didn’t pin (or try to) the Lebanese Ambulance incident on Mr. Steve Irwin, may his soul rest in peace.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 09 05 at 01:00 AM • permalink

  16. Germain Greer, deconstructed.

    Posted by quillpen on 2006 09 05 at 01:05 AM • permalink

  17. My god, she is so out of touch.

    Posted by David McBryde on 2006 09 05 at 01:07 AM • permalink

  18. Not a problem Crittenden. I tend to agree with Irwin, too - one of the best ways to protect wildlife is probably to let that wildlife into private hands. I think I first read this idea in P J O’Rourke’s book ‘All the Trouble in the World’. Not too sure what I think about his whole idea that tourism is the greatest thing in the world for the environment - that tends to assume that people *aren’t* part of the natural world, they’re just disinterested viewers who don’t have a right to interact with nature. Anyway, just my thoughts. Irwin’s done some good things, and it’s sad that he’s gone.

    Posted by TimT on 2006 09 05 at 01:09 AM • permalink

  19. Whereas, in the case of Greer, we are saved the need to imagine her saying something stupid.

    And, BTW, CNN is currently rebroadcasting Larry King’s interview with Irwin, in which he mentioned the importance of habitat preservation maybe a dozen times.

    Posted by Conrad on 2006 09 05 at 01:13 AM • permalink

  20. What a loathsome nasty bitch.

    This isn’t the first time I’ve hoped she has a slow, painful, lingering demise.

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2006 09 05 at 01:20 AM • permalink

  21. The animal world has finally taken its revenge on Irwin .

    Bloody hell! I can’t count the number of cockroaches I’ve squashed, ants I’ve toasted or blowflies I’ve swatted.

    Imagine what will happen when the insect world takes its revenge? We’re doomed I tell you!

    Posted by Dan Lewis on 2006 09 05 at 01:28 AM • permalink

  22. 1000% Spiny Norman.

    Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 09 05 at 01:31 AM • permalink

  23. A perfect example of someone you wish you could swap with Steve while he was out doing his thing…

    That way we could still have a decent aussie and human being to boot, and that dessicated old crow could get a stingray barb straight up her clacker perhaps…

    While it would still have come about 50-60 years to late for my liking, trading that loathsome scumbag and getting Steve back would definitely be a win-win situation…

    Sometimes there just ain’t no justice eh…

    Posted by casanova on 2006 09 05 at 01:39 AM • permalink

  24. The world needs a clapped out old feminist fart like a fish needs a bicycle.

    Posted by phillip on 2006 09 05 at 01:44 AM • permalink

  25. The silly old Moll, far better it would seem to be an aging virago mooning over young boys than a man of principle and character such as Steve Irwin.

    I’ve been waiting for a sneer from the left, lets face it, he’s not the sort of Australian they want to promote, Bob Brown is more what they have in mind.

    Posted by Nic on 2006 09 05 at 01:56 AM • permalink

  26. My aunt was in a dramatic society in Melbourne during the 50s with Germaine Greer.

    To paraphrase my aunt, she said Greer was a tart and always interested in the boys.

    Looks like her hypocrisy isn’t just restricted to feminism.

    Posted by manbag's bagman on 2006 09 05 at 02:00 AM • permalink

  27. There were some reptiles so loathsome and venomous that even Steve Irwin wouldn’t touch them.

    And so cowardly that they’d only bite after he was dead.

    I have an especial loathing for this poisonous and spiteful hag. Why?

    Germaine Greer is notorious among trans women as one of the feminist vigilantes who went on an anti-transsexual rampage in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Along with feminist academic Janice Raymond, author of the notorious book The Transsexual Empire: The Making of the She-Male, Greer went on a witch-hunt to find and “out” stealthy postop women.

    Raymond and Greer (and their ideological followers) especially targeted trans women who had successfully obtained good employment. They went after these women without remorse, in efforts to publicly defame them, cost them their livelihoods, and force them into social marginalization (which Raymond and Greer apparently thought they deserved).

    Physicist Rachel Padman of Cambridge University became one of Greer’s special targets in 1996 (Greer ruthlessly outed and attacked Rachel in the UK tabloids).  Fortunately, Rachel was really well-liked at Cambridge, and was able to survive Greer’s wrath.

    Although most stealthy women in academe and the professions escaped such exposure, fear of being exposed by the Raymond-Greer witch-hunt kept many successful trans women in deep stealth during the 1980’s and 1990’s.  As a result, the stories of many successful transitions in those decades never became public.

    However, at the turn of the 21st Century ever larger numbers of trans women finally began finding each other via the internet each year – and began collectively freeing themselves of the fear, shame, embarrassment and guilt that so many transphobes such as Greer had heaped on them in the past. As a result, our successes are rapidly becoming much more visible now.

    Much as I would have like to be Stealth and hide my past, just to be able to live something like a normal life, it was never going to happen.

    But it has one advantage: I can without fear point out what an evil, vindictive and totally self-absorbed person (I use the word loosely) Germain Greer is. Her article on Steve Irwin is typical. The snide insinuations lacking any evidence

    Marine biologist Dr Meredith Peach has been quoted as saying, “It’s really quite unusual for divers to be stung unless they are grappling with the animal and, knowing Steve Irwin, perhaps that may have been the case.”

    for example.

    Ironically, according to the Times,  she “She walked out of the show after five days inside the “Big Brother house”, citing the psychological cruelty and bullying of the show’s producers, the dirt of the house, and the publicity-seeking behavior of her fellow contestants.”.

    Well, she never could stand any form of competition.

    Posted by Zoe Brain on 2006 09 05 at 02:03 AM • permalink

  28. #1 Crikey Habib, glad I didn’t have a mouthful of coffee when I read that! Though “pristine” doesn’t sound right, more like “over exploited”.

    Posted by pjw on 2006 09 05 at 02:05 AM • permalink

  29. Don’t know about that, i doubt it’s been exploited by man in over fifty years.

    Posted by Habib on 2006 09 05 at 02:22 AM • permalink

  30. So it’s agreed then, none of us like Germaine?

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 09 05 at 02:30 AM • permalink

  31. I think you may have sussed it out, Swinish. Mzzz Popularity, she ain’t.

    I read the Grauniad article, mentally composed a jolly good diatribe to post here, and then found that it had all been said, and far more eloquently than I could manage.

    Special points to Zoe at #27, and Spiny Norman at #20. Well said, folks.

    Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2006 09 05 at 02:46 AM • permalink

  32. I have a really wretched photo of her, if I could only post it here…  Sort of thing that would put you off your food, but adequately demonstrates what a wretched, unblanced old hag she really is???

    I sent it to some of the females at work so they could print it of and stick it in their feminist heroes scrapbooks if they were keeping one…

    Posted by casanova on 2006 09 05 at 02:51 AM • permalink

  33. Perhaps this explains it, via The Australian

    It takes a lot to embarrass the Prime Minister, but Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin managed it yesterday, describing John Howard to his face as the “greatest leader in the entire world”. Irwin preceded that by calling Howard “the greatest leader Australia has ever had”.

    Irwin’s daughter Bindi, aged 5, had set the tone by initially telling the packed crowd at Irwin’s Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast: “Prime Minister, we’re glad you run the country.” Howard then looked uncomfortable when Irwin ranked him top of the all-time Aussie leadership charts, and visibly cringed when Irwin further elevated him to best on planet. Irwin told the crowd: “I get to meet some extraordinary people and extraordinary leaders, but meeting the Prime Minister is the proudest moment of my life.”

    Now that he’s dead, I’m sure the lefties will have the guts to make him pay for it.

    Posted by Dan Lewis on 2006 09 05 at 02:54 AM • permalink

  34. And that dessicated old crow could get a stingray barb straight up her clacker perhaps…

    There are some things even an bottom feeder won’t touch.

    Posted by Conrad on 2006 09 05 at 02:59 AM • permalink

  35. #1 Habib

    I reckon even Steve would have been wary of the critters in that undergrowth.

    Posted by Mike_W on 2006 09 05 at 03:00 AM • permalink

  36. If Germaine Greer was killed in a freak accident {or should that be a freak killed in an accident}you would not be able to hear the cheers because of the Champagne corks popping.  What a lonely and bitter Bitch she is, no thouhgt for Steve Irwins wife and children.  Then what would she know about a normal and Loving family life.

    Posted by Howzat on 2006 09 05 at 03:10 AM • permalink

  37. That’s an innovative way to criticise someone; imagine them saying something stupid, then correct that imagined statement.

    I recall an episode of Third Rock From the Sun. A paranoid John Lithgow is imagining that his colleagues somewhere else are insulting him behind his back; then he bolts upright and shouts “Why, how dare they say that about me!”

    Of course that’s just aburdist comedy.

    Posted by Shaky Barnes on 2006 09 05 at 03:11 AM • permalink

  38. # 25 - Yes interesting, have we heard anything from our good friend Dr Bob Brown and his fellow travellers on Irwin’s passing?

    Posted by the nailgun on 2006 09 05 at 03:21 AM • permalink

  39. #36 Hwzat,
    I don’t think I would be cheering.  The death of anyone doesn’t really warrant that.  I wouldn’t miss her, though.

    Posted by entropy on 2006 09 05 at 03:23 AM • permalink

  40. 39# How about the death of Osama Bin Laden and his friends, Cheer! I would write a song.

    Posted by Howzat on 2006 09 05 at 03:29 AM • permalink

  41. One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum, in which men steal through existence, like sluggish waters through a marsh, without either honor or observation. Walter Scott

    Steve Irwin lived a life he loved and left the world a better place. Like a handful of others, he will be remembered for what he did - rather than for what he said. A man of action, passion and love. I would have been proud to call him a friend.

    Posted by Hanyu on 2006 09 05 at 03:29 AM • permalink

  42. Zoe Brain,
    What a foul old hag.

    Stupid Greer went out, demanded what she wanted, and when she got it found it wasnt what she thought it would be. Boo hoo cry me a river lady, you are living testimony (interestingly that word comes from latin, where men used to swear by their testicles) that living as a man isnt what you thought it was.
    You seemed to think there was this hidden nirvana where men died younger than women because of the high life or something.
    Her greatest legacy will be a book extolling the virtues of loving little boys.
    I only hope you find a tasty little boy and he infects you with something.
    (Im not fond of her)

    Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2006 09 05 at 03:33 AM • permalink

  43. Greer would do well to remember the conversation between Bob Menzies and Arthur Fadden at Chifley’s funeral -

    Menzies: “I hope they don’t make this much fuss when I die Arty”
    Fadden: “Don’t worry, they won’t”

    Think about it you vindictive old cow. All we need is a bit of bile from Pilger to complete the OAIEQ.

    (Old Aged Idiots Expat Quinella)

    Posted by Whale Spinor on 2006 09 05 at 03:35 AM • permalink

  44. Opps better point out Im reffering to Greer, that didnt read all that well above…

    Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2006 09 05 at 03:38 AM • permalink

  45. Mz Greer obviously carries around a large scythe with which to hack off the heads of any tall poppies; the work Death, who cannot abide anything above its own vicious mediocrity.

    Posted by saltydog on 2006 09 05 at 03:46 AM • permalink

  46. That toe-rag would never have to worry about being taken by any dangerous animal - they’d spit the toxic bitch straight back out.

    Posted by EliotNess on 2006 09 05 at 03:48 AM • permalink

  47. Steve Irwin died doing what he loves.

    Hope the same fate awaits you Germaine. Found dead in a bath full of vinegar after choking on a mouthful of bile that didn’t quite make it to print.

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2006 09 05 at 03:51 AM • permalink

  48. What a nasty, vapid and pusillanimous article. I hope the Furies listen.

    Posted by Simon Darkshade on 2006 09 05 at 03:56 AM • permalink

  49. Mole : Re #44:
    Even Jove Nods. No worries, and thanks for the clarification. I’d wondered what I’d done to offend, you’re one of the regular commenters here whose wit and erudition I really respect.

    That’s because you usually agree with me, of course.

    I do think Tim owes an apology to the entire subclass Hirudinea though. They may be foul, swamp-dwelling, bloodsucking parasites, but they don’t deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Germaine Greer. To do so is to utter a base calumny, not just on leeches and worms, but the whole order of invertebrates.

    Posted by Zoe Brain on 2006 09 05 at 04:00 AM • permalink

  50. #40 Good Point.

    Posted by entropy on 2006 09 05 at 04:16 AM • permalink

  51. Grrrrrr what a bitch! What a *^*&%$^&%#() BIATCH. To say such spiteful things about a dead person. Argh there’s no swear words strong enough to convey what I want to say about her. And Tim probably wouldn’t like it if I tried to put what I think about this bitch into words.

    Posted by daxxi on 2006 09 05 at 04:24 AM • permalink

  52. #46 Perhaps your right, any animal that got a mouthful of this dried up old @rsehole might well spit her back out (and after all, who would blame it)...

    In that case I would be more than satisfied if a horse (or something similar) kicked her in the head???  Once or more…

    And looking at it from Ger’s point of view, it could probably only have a positive result on her looks as well…

    Posted by casanova on 2006 09 05 at 04:28 AM • permalink

  53. Germaine Greer can get fucked.

    Posted by Oafish and Infantile on 2006 09 05 at 04:29 AM • permalink

  54. #1 Habib - funniest post I think of all time. A real hard act to follow.LOL repeat….

    Posted by Bonmot on 2006 09 05 at 04:33 AM • permalink

  55. #53

    Unlikely

    Posted by Dminor on 2006 09 05 at 04:38 AM • permalink

  56. Zoe,

    You beat me to it. I always found the Hirudinea to be a fascinating group. Comparisons to Germaine Greer are an unwarranter slur. I usually have a “Isn’t that fascinating?” reaction to animals that cause “Yuck!” reactions in most others. The biologist in me at work.

    Tim should apologize to a noble group of animals.

    As for creep in question what can I say that others haven’t said? Oh, yes! Gag, chunder, regurgitate! That makes me feel better.

    Posted by Lloyd Flack on 2006 09 05 at 04:41 AM • permalink

  57. Letter I just rattled off to The Guardian:

    Sir

    Germaine Greer is now the self-appointed official spokes-entity for slimy, ill tempered, venemous, bottom feeding invertebrates?  This is comedy that writes itself.

    Yours sincerely

    ...etc…

    Let’s see if they publish it.

    Posted by murph on 2006 09 05 at 04:44 AM • permalink

  58. Oh come on folks. Don’t be so negative. This woman is one of the leading intellectuals of the last thirty years. [/sarc]

    No wonder the muslims want to destroy us all. No wonder we are in such a vulnerable position.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2006 09 05 at 04:48 AM • permalink

  59. #27 Zoe

    She’s a nasty piece of work. How cruel was she make the lives of trans unbearable - vile vindictive venomous vacuous hag.

    #36 Howzat

    almost had to clean the orange juice out of my keyboard…

    for several comments here.

    Posted by kae on 2006 09 05 at 05:06 AM • permalink

  60. You know what? There are some people who deserve a caliphate and sharia law. Its usually the same ones like that silly bint in the Age who see Islam as some sort of benign influence. A burqa and a good whack is exactly what old Germ needs.

    Posted by Nic on 2006 09 05 at 05:13 AM • permalink

  61. I wish that I had some shred of respect for Germaine Greer and her work, so I could announce that it was now lost.

    Greer is as useful as a cunt full of cold water.

    Posted by Harry Buttle on 2006 09 05 at 05:34 AM • permalink

  62. This revolting slag Greer has for many years been battling Whitlam for the title of most repulsive Australian in history. Looks like she just won!

    Posted by AlphaMikeFoxtrot on 2006 09 05 at 05:39 AM • permalink

  63. #61 Harry,
    LOL, Haven’t heard that one before.

    Posted by Daniel San on 2006 09 05 at 05:57 AM • permalink

  64. Did anyone catch this bizarre lead story in the SMH this afternoon.

    Police have viewed video footage of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin’s final moments and ruled out that he was intimidating or threatening the stingray that killed him.

    “There is no evidence that Mr Irwin was intimidating or threatening the stingray,’’ said Superintendent Mike Keating.

    erm, so if the police had found evidence that he had been, say, harrassing a harmless stingray, they would have done what?  pressed charges against his family?

    what’s the point to this?

    bizarre

    Posted by pommygranate on 2006 09 05 at 06:24 AM • permalink

  65. Maybe they’re going to arrest the stingray for using disproportionate force in self-defence.

    Posted by murph on 2006 09 05 at 06:28 AM • permalink

  66. #62

    Hey!  What about PJK?

    Anyhow, I wouldn’t leap to any conclusions. Nobody’s asked Gough or Keating for their opinions yet.

    Posted by murph on 2006 09 05 at 06:32 AM • permalink

  67. #7 - Germaine Greer is a professional sneerer, plain and simple.

    And a bitter and twisted spinster. All that youthful promiscuity in Swinging 60s London, while doubtless fun at the time, does rather make one unsaleable. In the words of the song, “Too many rings around Rosie / Will never get Rosie a ring”.

    Posted by walterplinge on 2006 09 05 at 06:58 AM • permalink

  68. ”...animals need space ...”
    And she is one reptile you’d give a wide berth to.

    Posted by blogstrop on 2006 09 05 at 07:22 AM • permalink

  69. Typical scumbaggery…

    I’m amazed, appalled, and actually not in the least bit surprised by this.  It looks like the elitist nihilists on message boards all over the internet and in various editorials around the world are each taking their turn to talk their PETA-nuttery talk.  That or they beat their breasts and shout about how other folks have died, and aren’t they just as important as Steve Irwin, and why aren’t they getting all this fuss?  As if this were some sort of perverse bid-for-attention contest. And don’t forget the ones who are taking advantage of what they see as yet another ripe chance to bash at Howard et al.  Oh, the obnoxious preening. They’re like a bunch of peacocks fluffing their moral superiority feathers at a drag show of death.  Anything to try to take advantage!

    Is this behavior a result of utter cluelessness?  Or is it more of that joyous post-modern political correctness we hear so much about?  “I eschew your bourgouis values, so I can be a rude prick if I want to, even at a funeral!”  Or are they simply cashing in a few of their heartless ghoul chips before the body has even been given a decent burial?  After all, they have a cause, so the ends justify the means.

    “Notice me!” they squack.  “Notice how I won’t be fooled by all this silly sentimentality!  Let me say something foolish and completely insensitive to prove how very progressive I am.  It will help my cause if I can hitch it to a corpse, especially one I can make fun of.  After all, this Steve Irwin fellow is more famous than me (Damn you, capitalism!), so maybe if I steal a little of his star power—even if I have to rob his grave to do it—I’ll be noticed.”

    Disgusting. Immoral. Sadly typical.

    R.I.P. Steve Irwin.  You’ll be missed!

    Posted by BethB on 2006 09 05 at 08:41 AM • permalink

  70. Irwin:
    Internationally famous
    Successful
    Loved

    Greer:
    ....?

    Posted by egg_ on 2006 09 05 at 08:48 AM • permalink

  71. Greer:
    One ole croc Irwin refused to wrestle with?

    Posted by egg_ on 2006 09 05 at 08:58 AM • permalink

  72. I believe that Harry Buttle (#61) and Daniel San (#63) may have been influenced in their choice of language by a rather short, but exceptionally fierce, Regimental Sergeant Major who used to encourage his junior paratroops to rise to a higher level of endeavour wth a similar phrase (among others equally as colourful)

    If that didn’t work, a few laps of the barracks and a thousand pushups usually did.

    I would dearly love to see said RSM and Germy have a debate on political and ethical matters.

    Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2006 09 05 at 09:07 AM • permalink

  73. Your suggestion that she is innovating by attacking imagined, rather than real comments by Irwin, is sadly mistaken.  That is an old academic game, and as a retired academic, Greer knows all the academic scams.

    Posted by William Sjostrom on 2006 09 05 at 09:12 AM • permalink

  74. Nic # 60 If Greer could overcome her visceral hatred of men and obsession with displaying her breasts (and there’s hope—she put a tasteful knee in front of them for her 60th birthday nude shots), I’m guessing she’d be happy as a clam under a Caliphate.

    Clitoridectomy: Fine, says GG. It’s something “African women choose for their own gratification.” “Infibulation and clitoridectomy could well be as gratifying to the Somali woman as [a piercing would be to a Western teenager].”  Criminalizing it would be “an attack on cultural identity.” (TheWholeWoman)

    Gender apartheid—Great. ‘Twas in “segregated societies” that GG first gazed upon Really Whole Womyn. And being as how men are such selfish mean lazy slobs who all stick together anyhow, “the dignified alternative” would be for Western women “to segregate themselves as men do.” (TWW)

    Now I need to take a shower.

    Posted by arrowhead ripper on 2006 09 05 at 09:23 AM • permalink

  75. That’s a joke about GG posing nude on her 60th, isn’t it?
    Please tell me it is. It’s almost my bedtime -  oh, the nightmares…

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 09 05 at 09:30 AM • permalink

  76. #38 nailgun - You won’t hear anything from Bob Brown. I posted this previously but it explains why -

    “I’m sure Bob Brown has passed on his condolences, I’ve probably just missed it.

    For US readers Bob Brown is a Senator, leader of the Greens and self appointed numero uno Australian environmentalist. And not the sort of bloke you’d like behind you if you dropped the soap whilst showering. I’m sure you’ve heard much more of him than Steve Irwin. Not.

    Maybe he’s having difficulty putting pen to paper because of the little jibe Steve had at him some years ago. Bob was ejected from a unique joint sitting of the Australian Parliament when he displayed his pig ignorance by interjecting during an address by the President of the US. A TV reporter asked Steve for his thoughts on this -

    Richard Wilkins: What did you think of Bob Brown’s outburst in Parliament?
    Steve Irwin: Oh Crikey mate, he needs to be taken out the back and given a good belting. (laughs)
    - Today Show, Channel 9, 24 October 2003”

    Germaine and Pilger of course, believe that only really, really, really fucking smart people such as themselves, should be visible and identified as Australians on the world stage. And they get terribly pissed off when someone else of lower academic qualifications butts in, even in death.

    Posted by Whale Spinor on 2006 09 05 at 09:46 AM • permalink

  77. Here is the latest report from the Sydney Morning Herald:

    Police have viewed video footage of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin’s final moments and ruled out that he was intimidating or threatening the stingray that killed him.

    So Germaine is wrong that he died because he accidentally provoked the stingray. This is not surprising, since she made it up from her home in London.

    Posted by daddy dave on 2006 09 05 at 10:07 AM • permalink

  78. I suspect Germaine Greer never met anybody she could say a kind word for.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 09 05 at 10:24 AM • permalink

  79. #21 Dan Lewis -
    Have a look at “Joe’s Apartment” on DVD - it appears that we can deal with the cockroaches, it is the so called intelligencia that are unmoveable from their positions that malign us all.

    Posted by SezaGeoff on 2006 09 05 at 10:45 AM • permalink

  80. The Medusa and Bob both mooning after young boys…
    Clive James chortles about how she hunted him down when he was still able to run.
    She probably fancied Steve and methinks the “lady” protesteth too much..
    He on the other hand,is in heaven now and above such evil,malign,jealous sayings.

    Posted by crash on 2006 09 05 at 11:03 AM • permalink

  81. Re #57, murph, I would not publish that letter.  Stingrays are neither invertabrates, nor slimy.

    Posted by JAWolf on 2006 09 05 at 11:20 AM • permalink

  82. Damn you #74! I foolishly clicked on the link, now I’m going to spew.

    Posted by Susan Norton on 2006 09 05 at 11:26 AM • permalink

  83. #81

    Um…the last one I touched was slimy and I’m pretty sure, since, like sharks, they only possess cartilage, that they are considered invertebrates.

    Posted by murph on 2006 09 05 at 11:37 AM • permalink

  84. #81

    You know what? I think you might be right.  I just assumed that an actual backbone/b] was required for an animal to be classed as a vertebrate.  It may not be the case.

    Learn something every day.

    Posted by murph on 2006 09 05 at 11:48 AM • permalink

  85. die bold die!

    Posted by murph on 2006 09 05 at 11:51 AM • permalink

  86. aaaaahhhh!

    Posted by murph on 2006 09 05 at 11:51 AM • permalink

  87. buh-bye bold.

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2006 09 05 at 11:54 AM • permalink

  88. #64 pommygranate, 

    Police have viewed video footage of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin’s final moments and ruled out that he was intimidating or threatening the stingray that killed him.

    (...)

    what’s the point to this?

    To dispell any ignorant and speculative rumors, such as that suggested by this Greer ::cough:: person, that Steve had done anything untoward to precipitate the attack.

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2006 09 05 at 12:05 PM • permalink

  89. Found this article today.  A Mr. Adams couldnt have said it better…wish I could say it myself…only being of a more Southern (Texan) inclination, I would start the comment off with “Bless her heart [Greer’s]...she should stick to more womanly things [sic]”.

    Posted by Sharon_Ferguson on 2006 09 05 at 12:31 PM • permalink

  90. Dear Germaine,

    FUCK YOU.

    Sincerely,

    America

    Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2006 09 05 at 12:39 PM • permalink

  91. Germaine Greer’s Australian? Bit of bad luck for you, mates. Habib takes the brass ring with his observation (as usual).

    #27: Zoe, what possible rationale could she have had for doing such a thing? I mean, whatever her underlying motive may have been, I don’t even understand what “public” reason she could have had for hounding transgendered women. I am familiar with the name “Germaine Greer” only to the extent of its association with radical feminism, and references thereto in conservative polemics , but it seems she is quite the misanthrope.

    Posted by paco on 2006 09 05 at 12:47 PM • permalink

  92. Myrph, the members of Class Chondrichthyes (cartilaginous fishes) are chordates.  Though their backbone may not have a bone, they do posses a spine.  Greer is best likened to the actual slimy jawless fishes- the parasitic lamprey or the scum filtering hagfish.

    Posted by JAWolf on 2006 09 05 at 01:04 PM • permalink

  93. Thanks JAWolf

    Posted by murph on 2006 09 05 at 01:20 PM • permalink

  94. Checks out photo linked at comment #74. Sighs. “Waiter, cancel my lunch order and just bring me some Pepto-Bismol. And leave the bottle”.

    You know, if something resembling that, but possessed of a flipper where her feet should be, and covered in scales up to the waist, had swum right alongside of a 17th century English merchantman in broad daylight, the captain would probably have turned to the officer of the watch and said, “Arr, look ‘ee, Jameson, I told ‘ee ‘twas just a manatee!”

    Posted by paco on 2006 09 05 at 01:34 PM • permalink

  95. #74, Bastard.

    Notice how the pussy is trying to flee?  That has to mean something.

    Posted by saltydog on 2006 09 05 at 01:40 PM • permalink

  96. #91

    Germaine Greer’s Australian

    no, she moved to England decades ago because she hates Australia so much. She reinvokes her Australian credentials only when she wants to engage in Oz-bashing, such as today.
    She has strong opinions about Australian males, Australian females, Australian politics and Australian culture, all of which are wrong and out of date. In short, she’s a bitter old fool.

    Posted by daddy dave on 2006 09 05 at 03:05 PM • permalink

  97. I was actually interested to see some of those photos in the earlier posts.  We’re of an age and she was pretty annoying about 30 odd years ago.

    I’m happy to see that she aged like beached whale meat.  It must be pretty bad to live your life for a cause just to see that 98.9% of men and women are still happy with each other the way they are.

    Posted by trainer on 2006 09 05 at 03:10 PM • permalink

  98. #92 JAWolf,

    “Hagfish” Greer.

    I like it.

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2006 09 05 at 05:20 PM • permalink

  99. Speaking of Bob Brown and the Greens, an idiot (for that’s the only description I can think of), on the ABC feedback line up here said that, in honour of Steve Irwin she would be “Donating her vote to the Greens, being a conservationist Steve would appreciate that gesture.” We have a state election on Saturday.

    AAAAAAAAAAAAArgh.

    Posted by kae on 2006 09 05 at 05:54 PM • permalink

  100. Great response at What Would Tyler Durden Do?

    You had to know some filthy god damn hippie was gonna say this at some point, but it would have been delightful if they could have at least waited a week or so.  But I guess this way the 8 and 2 year old orphans can have “it was all daddys fault” ringing in thier ears at the funeral.  Nice.  I’m gonna go down to Greenpeace and just start punching people.

    Posted by Damian P. on 2006 09 05 at 06:26 PM • permalink

  101. #88 Spiny Norman

    Aah. I see. 

    Having just left England, i can reassure everyone on this site that Greer is absolutely loathed by the Great British public.

    Previously unknown to all but a few latte-sippers in Notting Hill, she leapt onto our screens with her decision to enter Celebrity Big Brother. 

    She revealed herself to be nasty, vindictive and self-obsessed.

    She is the sort of person who seeks publicity at all costs.  Her opinions are worthless.  Don’t get upset by her.  Just ignore her.

    Posted by pommygranate on 2006 09 05 at 06:58 PM • permalink

  102. I only hope this doesn’t result in someone pointing a mic in her direction, ‘cause that’s what the bitter old tart wants.

    Posted by Henry boy on 2006 09 05 at 07:23 PM • permalink

  103. #9. And Laurie David, Al Gore, et al., fly around in private jets to preach of the coming apocalyptic Global Warming unless the hoi polloi change their evil SUV-driving ways.

    Good point. Haven’t they heard of video conferencing? Or has it not gone mainstream yet?

    Posted by carpefraise on 2006 09 05 at 07:59 PM • permalink

  104. Paco : Re #91 :

    By the late 1990’s Germaine Greer became so bound up in her feminist theories about an almost mystical “female essentialism” (based somehow on “having XX genes”) that she went even further and condemned all AIS intersex women as being “failed males”, saying that they should go be males instead of living as women. She offers this preposterous idea by including AIS girls along with postoperative transsexual women in her new 1999 book, The Whole Woman, in a chapter with the derogatory title of ‘Pantomime Dames’. In that chapter she concludes that women with AIS and other chromosomal variations are not really entitled to be considered as ‘women’ or regarded as ‘female’. This book is standard reading in “women’s studies” programs at major universities, and is indoctrinating a new generation of academic feminists into transphobia and intersexphobia.
    Greer’s cruelly unscientific condemnation of not only transsexual women but also AIS intersex women brought on considerable criticism from the scientific community, as in rebuttals by prominent researchers such as Prof. Milton Diamond, professor of anatomy and reproductive biology at the University of Hawaii.

    Source: Professor Emerita Lynn Conway, whose groundbreaking research enabled the development of VLSI circuitry - the silicon chip.

    It’s the Politics of Hate and Envy. It’s the only thing she knows.

    Posted by Zoe Brain on 2006 09 05 at 08:02 PM • permalink

  105. #59.
    almost had to clean the orange juice out of my keyboard for several comments here.

    I’ve noticed a lot of people register cyberspace wit by inadvertently spitting, spluttering and ejaculating various breakfast fluids over their unprotected keyboards.
    Undoubtedly this involuntary maneouvre is the equivalent of applause, and its growing incidence can only hint at a hitherto unanticipated necessity for the emotionally explosive blogreader - ta daaaa….

    The Keyboard Mackintosh!
    Little Gumboots for keyboard feet sold separately)

    Posted by carpefraise on 2006 09 05 at 08:18 PM • permalink

  106. Greer must be missing the irony gene: feminist media tart appears on “Big Brother” (male authority figure).

    Posted by egg_ on 2006 09 05 at 08:28 PM • permalink

  107. Now, now, children, leave the poor old bat (GG) alone, and no death wishes either: She’s being punished worse than a damnation by being painfully aware of her own irrelevance.  Imagine looking in the mirror each morning and having to say, “I used to be somebody.”

    Germaine just isn’t germane any more.

    Posted by Challeron on 2006 09 05 at 08:38 PM • permalink

  108. Carpefraise, no, we need a silicone keyboard (they come in other colours, too).

    Posted by kae on 2006 09 05 at 08:45 PM • permalink

  109. So, who’s got the link to Mlle Greer’s famous pose in ‘Suck’ magazine?

    Cheers

    Posted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2006 09 05 at 08:59 PM • permalink

  110. Jack the Insider, somewhere in the Jungle of Nth Queensland, looking for the soul of Germy

    “Should Germaine fall off the perch prematurely, I’m sure that we’d be happy to shout her a funeral. Yeah, they’ll take her down to the tip*, suitably wrapped in a bin liner.”


    * dump

    Posted by kae on 2006 09 05 at 11:57 PM • permalink

  111. So Steve Irwin deliberately provoked the stingray, huh? Will we be hearing the old “fake but true” now that video evidence demonstrates the contrary?

    Posted by Dminor on 2006 09 06 at 12:58 AM • permalink

  112. I think I know the cause of the animosity on Greer’s part.

    Posted by Henry boy on 2006 09 06 at 02:09 AM • permalink

  113. Dick Masterson’s done an excellent summary of Germaine on his site.

    Posted by TheRealBigAl on 2006 09 06 at 03:13 AM • permalink

  114. After all the deadly animals he has encountered, he is killed by one that has never killed anyone before (except for a freak allergic reaction).

    Posted by aaron_ on 2006 09 06 at 03:40 AM • permalink

  115. Habib,
    Sir, you are priceless. I have just read your input. “oh the horror, the horror”. The vision that comes into my head was. . .well the Blue Ringed Octopus, do they have 72 virgins waiting for them in the afterlife? That is the problem. Volunteers.  (I see a horror novel here, ala; Jaws). That is one “pristine” habitat, that would be great to clear fell. One of Australia’s worst exports, and a total embarassment.

    Posted by BJM on 2006 09 06 at 03:45 AM • permalink

  116. Germie’s on aca now, justifying her crap article.

    She’s got verbal diarrhoea.

    Now, I just wish the TV people would go away from the Zoo and leave everyone alone.

    Posted by kae on 2006 09 06 at 04:36 AM • permalink

  117. Smithovitch, that’s a good puketure.

    Posted by kae on 2006 09 06 at 04:41 AM • permalink

  118. kae
    It does not surprise me, the media touts and spivs on the MSM, will resort to anything. Note, Naomi Robson last night on TT. Wearing khaki and a poor, innocent, little lizard on her shoulder, advising parents to seek grief counselling for children ‘affected’ by Steve Irwin’s death. (worry more about Naomi and TT). Then ‘planet 3’ sending messages to view through their mobile phone network of Steve Irwin’s death. It was footage from the MSM being flogged to the voyeur suckers. I gave that outfit the flick a month ago. Their puerile advertising just backed up my decision, sorry Tom, and Nicole, I don’t want to keep in touch.

    Posted by BJM on 2006 09 06 at 05:49 AM • permalink

  119. Challeron -Greer never was anyone…certainly not in Oz.

    Posted by crash on 2006 09 06 at 10:01 AM • permalink

  120. Here is an editorial about the death of Steve Irwin and those who would abuse him in death.

    Posted by A.M. Mora y Leon on 2006 09 07 at 01:01 AM • permalink

  121. #120, A.M. Mora y Leon,

    Thank you very much for the link to that article.  It put the nay-sayers in their place, and said some lovely things about Mr. Irwin.

    Posted by saltydog on 2006 09 07 at 03:01 AM • permalink

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