Dr Mumbo

What Vanity Fair thinks of Australia

US magazine Vanity Fair has published one of the most baffling pieces Dr Mumbo has ever read for its cover story profile of Australian actress Margot Robbie.

Vanity FairJudging from the comments in the article its author Rich Cohen hasn’t been to Australia, but he’s not shy of making a generalisation or seven about the place.

Cohen begins the profile talking about the “beautiful” 26-year-old who has a “catwalk way” before going on to explain that to understand Robbie you need to understand Australia which is a “throwback” country with “throwback people”.

“As I said, she is from Australia. To understand her, you should think about what that means. Australia is America 50 years ago, sunny and slow, a throwback, which is why you go there for throwback people,” Cohen writes.

The writer then goes on to talk about Melbourne and Perth’s love of soap operas. A fact Dr Mumbo was previously unaware of.

“They still live and die with the plot turns of soap operas in Melbourne and Perth, still dwell in a single mass market in Adelaide and Sydney. In the morning, they watch Australia’s Today show. In other words, it’s just like America, only different.”

It’s good to see the rustic charms of Karl Stefanovic, Lisa Wilkinson and Richard Wilkins and the Today Show have travelled beyond our shores.

Cohen concludes his musings on Australia, writing: “When everyone here is awake, everyone there is asleep, which makes it a perfect perch from which to study our customs, habits, accents.”

Indeed the insights about Australia continue throughout the article, with lines such as: “Her father does some farming and some other stuff. Now and then, she stayed with cousins who lived in the hinterland of the hinterland, where there really were kangaroos and a dingo really will eat your baby.”

Yep, really.

Unsurprisingly the piece is getting a bit of traction while the US sleeps online, especially on Twitter. For Dr Mumbo’s money this analysis sums up the piece:

You can read the profile of Robbie in all its horrific glory here.


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