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He chases down politicians with a giant ball of plastic bags and trawls supermarket skips with a 'dumpster-diving granny', his trademark larrikinism winning the trust of audiences who may already know him from his Chaser days.
With its mixture of irreverence, larrikinism and playfulness, elegiac elements of first love and loss, nostalgia for the sounds and styles of the past, and the sobering subjects of epidemic disease and grief, Murphy and Armfield's adaptation is a great example of the Australian coming-of-age genre--an accessible, relatable representation not only of growing up gay during the 1980s and 1990s, but of growing up in general.
Although discourses of religion and larrikinism appear unrelated, they share a logic that grants footballers a higher status than mere mortals--objects of worship, whose failings can be excused, perhaps more like the Olympian gods than figures in major religions today.
I argue that in relation to Australian footballers, the problematics of this popular practice are obscured by the pretense of comedy and an association with the nationalised masculine ideals of the 'ocker' and larrikinism. Additionally, these problematics are also clouded by public perceptions of positive changes in football culture and the media's relationship with footballers' misogynistic behaviour.
Successive Australian politicians and early historians suggest that these brave Australian soldiers supposedly possessed a shared set of positive and commendable characteristics that were indicative of being a "true Australian," including courage, charisma, larrikinism and mateship.
Whereas American masculinity has an ethos of masculine individualism (Lucas, 1996), Australian masculinity accesses ideologies of mateship, characterized by obnoxious larrikinism, giving your "mates" a hand, fierce loyalty, as well as a reckless element, enterprise, courage and daring (Townsend, 1994).
In Joe Maxwell's words we can have both Gallipoli and the Western Front recreated with irreverent humour, graphic action and the somewhat notorious larrikinism of off-duty diggers.
La Trobe, Larry according to Wikipedia was 'crafted to generate a sense of Australian larrikinism in the viewer'; a description congruous with that asserted by the 'Dog on the Tuckerbox'.
The Australian soldier exhibited distinctive traits of larrikinism, egalitarianism, anti-authoritarianism, practicality and independence, all of which could be traced to his rural origins.
Chappell further said about the show: "The two areas I would have loved to have seen highlighted a little bit more was the humour and the larrikinism of the group.
These concerns fixated on the dangers of 'larrikinism' and the freedoms afforded to young women.
But regardless of how many larrikins actually saw Leamar's 'Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay', the act's association with larrikinism still framed the way it was received by Australian crowds.