So Awk: Abbott Adviser Calls Indonesian Foreign Minister a ‘1970s Filipino Porn Star’

Probably not the wisest thing to say in light of rapidly deteriorating relations between Indonesia and Australia

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Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa delivers a statement in Jakarta on Nov. 18, 2013

An adviser to Australia’s Prime Minister has added fuel to the row between his country and Indonesia over spying allegations by reportedly saying Indonesia’s Foreign Minister resembled a 1970s Filipino porn star.

“Apology demanded from Australia by a bloke who looks like a 1970’s Pilipino [sic] porn star and has ethics to match,” said Mark Textor in a tweet that has since disappeared from his account.

Media reports in both Australia and Indonesia said the tweet appeared to refer to Marty Natalegawa, who has called on Canberra to apologize after claims emerged that the Australian government tapped the phones of Indonesia’s President, his wife and other senior politicians.

Textor has yet to clarify what it is about Natalegawa’s appearance that is intrinsically Filipino as opposed to Indonesian, or how a porn star’s ethics are better or worse than a politician’s.

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A deleted tweet from Liberal Party campaign strategist Mark Textor, captured by Fairfax

In a heated interview with a local ABC reporter on Thursday, Textor denied the message was about “anyone in particular.” He later tweeted an apology on Twitter.

Meanwhile, a protest outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta turned violent on Thursday afternoon, with demonstrators burning images of the Australian flag.

10 comments
JohnMerkel
JohnMerkel

Sophie Brown's final statement was...... Brilliant.

Brava ! hahahaha.

Dontlookback
Dontlookback

I really don't believe there is any moral difference between somebody who makes porn and somebody who watches it.....clearly Mr.Textor must have an intimate knowledge of it to suggest a resemblance.....pot, meet kettle.


Deathadda
Deathadda

Oh come on Silvestre, we all know your Country is pretty much one giant laundromat anyway so it wouldn't be hard to afford a  porn star there.


Just Sayin, bud. I honestly really couldn't care about the situation. All I see is a bunch of people with too much time on their hands and obviously have nothing else more productive to do in their useless lives. I am sure a large part of Indonesian citizens feel the same way.

tangerinejack
tangerinejack

hahaha this article made my day (i am an Indonesian)

jagmanicus
jagmanicus

omg... i lived in Republic of Indonesia 3 years... these are nice people,  time-immemorial... 266 million nice people. We are 21m  mostly-drunk & absolutely-careless invaders... and what ? ... we cannot see the necessity of being nice to the big guy who OWNS the place ? ... work that one out ...

sigtech
sigtech

The strange part is that a liberal party staffer though he had the right to comment on this situation.


kinolurtz
kinolurtz

The new Australian government is clearly full of blatant retards and hopeless fools.

SilvestreAcuñaAcedillo
SilvestreAcuñaAcedillo

@TIME @MarkTextor #MartyNatalegawa #FilipinoPornStar? So I take it you have had a Filipino Porn Star in the past,eh? Mate? Didn't know an ugly dumb ass like you could afford a Filipino Porn Star who looked like the Foreign Minister of Indonesia.

silentidominus
silentidominus

"Textor has yet to clarify what it is about Natalegawa’s appearance that is intrinsically Filipino as opposed to Indonesian, or how a porn star’s ethics are better or worse than a politician’s." Hahaha. That was awesome.