The Opera House became a billboard this week. So it was only natural, as far as we could see, that the Opera House should then become a viral meme.
Could anyone really argue that this wasn’t a good meme? You bet they could. See the fascinating debate below.
We noticed the meme when Maitland MP Jenny Aitchison shared the image on Facebook from the Women's Electoral Lobby.
“Perhaps Racing NSW and the NSW government could really turn this around by committing monies exchanged for advertising on the Opera House ... or profits from the Everest horse race to fund our family violence crisis, women's refuges and frontline services,” the post said.
The Women's Electoral Lobby had, in turn, shared the image from the Facebook page of Greens senator Larissa Waters.
This is where the debate really got cooking.
Madge Huntley: “It [the Opera House] is not a billboard. Is the [Everest] money needed to upkeep the Opera House?”
Jeff Johnson: “I wonder how much domestic violence is fuelled by gambling losses?”
Maree Yates: “How about putting up the odds [on the Opera House] of the NSW and federal governments staying in power come the next elections?”
Barbara Maxtone-Graham suggested this message on the Opera House: “Men murdered 62 women this year.”
Marc Hanley suggested this image: “1835 men have died from suicide since January 1st.”
Jude Ho said the Opera House shouldn’t be used for advertising or a political protest on social media: “If you believe in the sanctity of a national icon, it's image should be protected from all use, commercial or protests.”
Rob Rhodes: “The arts engage and sway public opinion on social issues. It gives voices to those without one, so it is fitting that it gives a voice to something as important as violence against women, the homeless, children in detention etc.”
Jude Ho: “But using the image of the Opera House in art, in my opinion, is allowable. As opposed to actually using the actual sails to project art on. Using the image of the Opera House for your private agendas is another separate issue. Don't muddy the argument.”
Mariette Wiltshire-Butler: “The [Opera House] charter clearly states it’s not for advertising. Highlighting an issue that affects all of us isn’t advertising.”
Patricia Ann: “It’s sickening that the Opera House was used to promote the gambling industry which still doesn’t look after all the horses it rejects. If it’s now a billboard for racing why not inform the world about the realities that violence is in Australia.”
Annette Erdtsieck: “It's a computer image and not real. She [Larissa] wouldn't use the Opera House. She's being satirical.”
If only all social media debates were this good.
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