The bogan press yesterday positioned itself, as unpossible as this sounds, as the voice of political correctness by reporting on the alleged homophobic offensiveness of the phrase ‘no poofter drinks’ on the menu at Handsome Steve’s House of Refreshment, a bar on Leicester St.
— Herald Sun (@theheraldsun) October 24, 2015
I don’t know Steve. I’ve met him as a customer. I suspect the alleged humour in the phrase does not translate well for suburbans unfamiliar with the sophistication of zone 1 establishments. The layers of sarcasm and irony in such statements suggest that if you take such statements literally you’re missing the point, but it is open to interpretation.
Steve has apologised via his bar’s Facebook page, where men who identify as gay make statements of support for his point of view and the lack of offense they feel. What do you think? Is this offensive? Is it plausible to see the Herald Scum, the voice of barely literate bogan suburbia, as a mouthpiece for political correctness? I think not. This situation is merely another example of the clash of cultures between the outer and inner suburbs and their divergent worldviews.