All The Weirdest Auspol Vs Celebrity Fights
So Pamela Anderson is sounding off on Scott Morrison, the latest entry in the canon of Australian politicians getting into weird fights with celebrities.
Anderson and PM Morrison have been going back and forth over the issue of Australian Julian Assange, who is holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange and Anderson have struck up an unlikely friendship in recent years, and she has gone into bat for him.
She recently called on Morrison and Australia to assist Assange, to which Morrison replied jokingly: "I've had plenty of mates who have asked me if they can be my special envoy to sort the issue out with Pamela Anderson."
On Sunday, Anderson let loose at Morrison in a long letter, criticising his response as sexist and "smutty".
But it's far from the first time the normally separate worlds of Australian politics and international celebrity have collided -- and often it has been with weird and hilarious results.
Barnaby Joyce vs Johnny Depp and Amber Heard (+ dogs)
How could we start anywhere else? The months-long saga of Johnny and Joyce kicked off in 2015 when Depp travelled to Australia to film the latest 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' movie -- and allegedly smuggled in his dogs, Pistol and Boo, on his jet in violation of local biosecurity laws.
It led to a standoff where Joyce threatened to have the dogs put down, a court battle, and perhaps the most bizarre #Auspol moment in recent years -- the incredible, infamous, unbelievable apology video from Depp and his then-wife Amber Heard. Likened to a hostage video, Depp and Heard read tonelessly from what appears to be a pre-agreed script, warning others to not attempt to flout Australian laws.
"When you disrespect Australian law, they will tell you firmly," Depp said in the video, which was uploaded to a government YouTube page and has been viewed more than five million times
"Declare everything when you enter Australia."
But that wasn't the end of it, with Joyce and Depp then engaging in a months-long tit-for-tat trading of insults. Depp claimed Joyce, with his trademark red pallor, was "inbred with a tomato" -- Joyce hit back, calling Depp a "dipstick" and claiming he was "inside his head, I'm pulling little strings and pulling little levers."
The wildest piece of the feud came months later, when Joyce was found to be a New Zealand citizen, thus ruling him ineligible for parliament. Heard said she sent him a box of kiwi fruit.
Honestly, just incredible.
Barnaby Joyce vs Morrissey
But that wasn't enough for our former deputy PM and Member for New England! Oh no! Not long after, he kicked off a fight with legendary frontman of The Smiths, Morrissey.
When the singer toured Australia in 2016, he wrote an open letter to Joyce, criticising Australia's live export trade. Morrissey said Australia was on "the wrong side of history" and called the live export trade "the slow boat to hell".
"The horrific cruelty in the live-export industry is heavy enough to sink a ship, yet you insist on condemning millions of animals to this fate every year," Morrissey wrote in the letter, published on PETA's website.
Morrissey even had a dig at Joyce's complexion, adding he could "deny it until you are red(der) in the face".
Joyce fired back, saying he wasn't even a fan of The Smiths anyway, and that he wouldn't be making any changes. He also made a slightly weird mention of big music festival Splendour In The Grass -- an event which neither Morrissey nor The Smiths had ever played.
Clive Palmer vs Chumbawamba
Clive gets knocked down, but he gets up again. The on-again off-again political candidate, last seen at the 2016 election, is back again under a new party name -- the United Australia Party -- and a Donald Trump-like slogan and image, all thumbs-up photos and 'Make Australia Great'.
In July, Palmer posted this clip to his Twitter, to the tune of Chumbawamba's immortal hit 'Tub Thumping':
The Guardian reported the band had written to Palmer, demanding he never use their songs again, and calling him a "“Donald Trump-lite egomaniac" and “a ridiculous narcissist”.
The Guardian said Chumbawamba had objected to Palmer's "redundant views on climate change, immigration and abortion”.
“Tubthumping is a song written to champion the resilience of working people, not to further a billionaire’s political ambitions," the band said.
Cory Bernardi vs Spotify and others
OK so it's not exactly the same but it's also funny. Earlier this year, as Triple J copped backlash for plans to move their Hottest 100 countdown away from Australia Day, Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi announced his own "Australian Conservatives Hottest 100” playlist on Spotify, full of Australian songs.
The playlist was soon made unavailable online, and Bernardi claimed it was due to political censorship. It later emerged that it was more likely because he had uploaded an image of the Triple J logo as the playlist cover image, against Spotify's terms and conditions. But many musicians objected to their inclusion on Bernardi's list and links to his party.
The likes of Jimmy Barnes, Savage Garden, Men at Work, Powderfinger, The Hilltop Hoods and Icehouse all distanced themselves.
One Nation vs Midnight Oil
And just to round things out, staying on the topic of music -- remember when One Nation called for people to boycott Midnight Oil? One Nation, supposedly the party of the battlers, and Midnight Oil, arguably one of the greatest Aussie bands of all time, got into a heated fight after leader Peter Garrett appeared to criticise Pauline Hanson.
“I guess we thought we would never see Hanson raise her ugly face again,” Garrett told Herald Sun in 2017 after Hanson returned to parliament.
One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts, who has since been disqualified from parliament after it was found he was a British citizen, didn't like that:
Needless to say, Midnight Oil's reunion tour was a massive success and sold many thousands upon thousands of tickets.
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