He’s a Kiwi for now – but if he behaves like Russell Crowe will we want to keep him?

Alf has always been fascinated by the way our news media will turn anyone into a Kiwi, if there is the slightest evidence they breathed the air for a while Down Under.

In the latest case, the poor bugger for a while was obliged to breath the smoggy air of Christchurch, something that is bound to have dire consequences for his health in the longer term and to adversely affect his behaviour. .

And so today we find a headline that reads Kiwi actor fights for life in US hospital.

Actually, he is just 14 years old and hence is still a sprat.

And as it turns out, having survived the ordeal of being raised in Christchurch, he is struggling for life in the USA:

An aspiring New Zealand actor and singer, Eitan Djiji, 14, is fighting for his life in Los Angeles County-USC Medical Centre, where his condition was was listed late yesterday as grave.

Firefighters rescued the boy from the top floor of a two-storey house at Sherman Oaks in Los Angeles, after his New Zealand mother, Pauline, 50, father and younger sister fled the early morning blaze.

Eitan’s father, Gigi Djiji, 58, a local building contractor, was initially treated for burns at the scene, and the boy’s 12-year-old sister suffered burns and respiratory problems and was also taken to hospital.

We learn that Eitan attended Prebbleton School in Christchurch, but we are not told where he was born, for how long he went to the school in Christchurch, or for how long he has lived in the United States.

Spending a few years in Christchurch does not entitle one to be known as a Kiwi.

Karl Popper, the famous philosopher, spent a few years in Christchurch.

At Wikipedia we learn:

In 1937, the rise of Nazism and the threat of the Anschluss led Popper to emigrate to New Zealand, where he became lecturer in philosophy at Canterbury University College New Zealand (at Christchurch). In 1946, he moved to England to become reader in logic and scientific method at the London School of Economics.

But nobody calls him a Kiwi philosopher. He is described as an Austrian and British philosopher.

Mind you, New Zealanders maybe aren’t too fussed about laying claim to a philosopher, whereas they do love to lay claim to actors, musicians, sports stars and racehorses.

Gigi Djiji may well be a Kiwi. But let’s wait for a bit more information on his birth and upbringing.

And let’s be careful.

We never know what will become of the stars and celebrities we claim as our own.

That ill-tempered and boorish Russell Crowe feller serves as a good example.

Russell Crowe is another well known actor. One of his better known roles was as “Maximus” in Gladiator (2000). Russell was born in New Zealand, but moved to Australia as a small child. Again, because of this, he is considered by many to be among the list of famous Australian actors.

Famous actor, yes. But he is such an appalling prat, when it comes to behaviour, that Alf is happy for the Aussies to claim him as theirs and to keep him.

As for the Aussies, they probably wish the foul-mouthed Mel Gibson came from somewhere else.

In his case, alas, his notorious rants and rages are obviously the stuff of genetics.

He has a dad who publicly insists the Pope is a poof.

Another day, another offensive Gibson rant … this time not by Mel, though! Mel Gibson’s controversial father, Hutton Gibson, told Liberty News Radio that “half the Vatican” is gay and that Pope Benedict XVI is a homosexual too.

Asked by Radar Online to confirm those remarks, the elder Gibson, 91, did so and then some, saying: “That is correct – I stand by my statements.” “The Vatican is full of all these child molesters, that is all there is to it.”

Hutton Gibson shocked listeners on the Political Cesspool Radio Program with his take on why the Catholic Church has failed to tackle homosexuality.

He calls Pope Benedict was “a homosexual” and “a slippery character” involved in a Masonic conspiracy out to destroy the Catholic Church from within.

Hutton Gibson is not a huge fan of the Pope. Mel Gibson’s father attends his alternative Catholic Church in Malibu and has so far not spoken about the actor’s alleged abuse of Oksana Grigorieva.

This is a rant that gives Mel a run for his money, though. The outspoken critic of the Catholic Church questioned in a 2003 interview how Nazis had disposed of six million bodies during the Holocaust, and claimed that the September 11, 2001, attacks were perpetrated by remote control.

Now, Hutton Gibson claims the Catholic Church isn’t fighting the repeal of Proposition 8 “because half of the people there in the Vatican are queer.” “They have not handled the horrible situation in the church. In fact they have fostered it because as I say they are trying to destroy the church.”

Asked if he thinks the Pope is gay, Hutton replied, “I certainly do. Why else would he put up with this? He was in charge of stamping it out.”

Some Aussies may well delight in the ravings of Mel and his dad. Alf suspects the great majority wince and wish he had been raised in New Zealand.

2 Responses to He’s a Kiwi for now – but if he behaves like Russell Crowe will we want to keep him?

  1. SS says:

    The mother Polly is the kiwi not the father. They lived here for about 4 years, next door to me in fact. They were the nicest people and I hope Eitan survives.

    Also are you really saying Christchurch air is smoggy? Have you been to America?

    I did not know Karl Popper taught at UC, strangely none of the lecturers ever mention it.

  2. Alf Grumble says:

    Alf makes his judgements on air quality by comparing things with the air in Eketahuna. He is pleased to hear you now know a bit more about Karl Popper.

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