Communications 101

Filed under:Heh,Language Barrier — posted by Anwyn on December 7, 2008 @ 3:05 pm

Good sentiment, bad expression.

An Australian mayor who begged unattractive women to move to his town has been crowned “sexist of the year.”

John Malony pleaded for “ugly ducklings” to migrate to Mount Isa to counter a lack of eligible women.

The mayor of the remote mining town in northwest Queensland state defended his comments, saying he was “telling it like it is.”

Why is this sexist, exactly? Because he didn’t call for ugly gay men as well?

All he had to do was put out a call for women, and then count on them to figure out who benefits the most from packing up their current lives to move to 5-1 Mantown. I mean, even if the women who make the switch are not beauty queens, you’d like them smart, right?

Via Ace’s headlines.


  1. Good idea, making them all do math!

    Comment by Chris — December 8, 2008 @ 5:19 pm

  2. I appreciate the Mayor’s concern, but he could have expressed it more artfully. From a marketing point of view, appealing to “ugly ducklings” is counter productive.

    It’s like cars, (and what isn’t ?): “Sure it’s a Yugo, but it’s the best you can do because you’re a loser”. Not the greatest sales pitch.

    Beauty vs. ugly is not an either/or proposition. The choice is rarely Marilyn Monroe vs. Phyllis Diller.

    Guess I just dated myself !

    Comment by jbarntt — December 17, 2008 @ 9:44 pm

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