In the following clip, Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia, announces that the world is about to end. The video is supposed to be a tongue in cheek promo for something called Tom and Alex’s End of the World Show.
I personally find this to be quite disturbing, given the fact that it is heads of state such as Ms. Gillard who are charged with making announcements during any dire emergency. In her position, making a mockery of the office that she holds and the responsibilities that she has been given is tacky and irresponsible.
Btw, I’m not entirely humorless. I do understand that she’s trying to be funny. I just think it is in poor taste.
She addresses her “dear remaining fellow Australians” by saying , in part:
“The End of the World is coming… it wasn’t Y2K, it wasn’t even the carbon price. It turns out that the Mayan Calendar was true.”
She goes on to site possible end time scenarios such as “flesh eating zombies” and “demonic hellbeasts”. Too strange.
For those who aren’t in the know, the jab about the “carbon price” in her above statement is a reference to her controversial reversal on a carbon tax. While running for PM, she adamantly stated that under no circumstances would she introduce a carbon tax and.. well.. now there is one. Thanks to Aussie Simon T. for the heads up on that bit of info.