UPDATE – This post has suddenly become very popular. New visitors to Paradigm Oz should be aware that this was posted before the new allegations against Noonan were put on youtube (post on that issue here ). It was not written as a response to the youtube allegations. The complaint refered to was a complaint to the QUT Vice Chancellor relating to the representation of Aboriginal women in the footage.
Paradigm Oz regulars will know that I have been following the controversy over Michael Noonans movies and his Phd thesis “Laughing at/with the disabled”.
This is a link to my most recent article on the controversy which contains links to the other articles on the issue. “Michael Noonan exposes his naughty bits”
Since Noonan has released his controversial footage to the public it has been widely applauded and the criticism against it in the name of “the disabled” has dissolved.
However Noonan is still being criticised, this time for inappropriate representation of Aboriginal people in one of the released clips.
So Paradigm Oz asked Baganan Kurityityin Theresa Creed , a Kalkadoon and Pitta Pitta woman what her impressions were of the controversial Boulia Pub scene.
Baganan is not related to May, the Aboriginal woman in the footage, and cannot speak on her behalf. She is however a traditional owner of Boulia.
This is what Baganan says………
(note Baganan is refering to James, one of the two stars of the clips when she speaks of “him” and “he”)
That was liable to happen because that was their intent to get a girlfriend for him. When he asked all the town folks and most of the girls up there had children so there wasn’t many to pick from who didnt have children.
It looked like a good mood where they were happy and cheerful and looking content with their interactions, content with each other.
Playful to the point of playfullness and a good time.
Aboriginal woman was very cautious with him, very careful with him, picked up straight away that he had disabilities and was able to give him that attention that he needed.
She was very careful with him and encouraging.
She was a very thoughtful person who was able to read where he was coming from and make sure that he felt accepted.
It was funny because this guy finally found someone after all this time, after looking everywhere, his heart was content then when he finally found someone.
The issue was to find out about a girlfriend, the issue was to go on a trip and find a girlfriend that can be good for him. Someone that was acceptable to him and acceptible to her.
Aboriginal women role in this movie was very powerful, she chose to be with him and understood the unspoken words of mental disability. She was woman affectionate as well as strong and straight, she wanted to be with him and she was sure of that, sure that she was with him, she made it happen.
She directed the playfulness and was able to get what she wanted which was his attention and they both got lost in each others joyfulness and had a playful time.
Racism could block the gap and peoples minds and make them get offended by this beautiful phenomenon. Once upon a time out west it was forbidden for black and white to be together and people who still suffer from that racism would have been very wild upset at seeing this happen.