Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Always follow through!

I don't know quite where to put Michelle Leslie anymore. When she first came onto the scene, I wrote her off as non-issue: the washed up druggie that would Ralph Magazine would use to compete with the (and you know its coming) Schappelle issue of FHM.


But then when she reformed and conveniently found Allah, I had to move her off the junkie loser list, and onto my list of heroes. Her blatantly transparent conversion to Islam must have Schappelle kicking her cell walls screaming- “why didn’t I think of that.” It was not principled, it was not valiant- but it was enough. Leslie played the game and received her pass. She made a mockery of the Indonesian Court, and for that we should all admire her.

Taking offence to her emerging from prison in a mid-riff singlet and jeans, butarriving in court in full Muslim dress, the President of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils told the Telly: “It looks as though she used Islam as a stunt to get a judgment in her favour." You think?

Now that she’s free, however, I’ve had to change her basket again. Her interview with the Telly is hilarious: "It's incorrect to say I am a fake Muslim and that is very upsetting to me;" "I'm a Muslim and I practise these beliefs in the best way that I can;" "I was a Muslim long before any of this happened. You can be a Muslim regardless of your clothes.” The picture says it all right? No wonder we invaded Afghanistan.

After that flip flop, my preamble for Leslie will now unfortunately have to include the phrases “sell out” and “wasted potential.”

The Indonesian Courtthat sentenced Abu Bakar Bashir to four years for “masterminding” the killing of 202 civilians, needed as Bob Francis would say, a punch in the face. And Leslie had that opportunity in her hands. Rather than treat us as suckers, as she poses for more nude shower scenes and her career sky rockets, Leslie should embrace what she has done. She should be calling for the Indonesians to get serious with their justice system. She should be telling the world: "I told them that I was a Muslim and got off scott free!"

For the record I think Schappelle is guilty as sin. But if four years for murdering 202 innocent people, treason, and plotting to turn the county into an Islamic State is your bench mark, then 15 years for drug trafficking pot is a little steep. While its too late for her I guess (although a Ramadan conversion may buy her a Presidential pardon), the Bali nine could lean a big lesson from Leslie champion chess move.

9 comments:

Carl Spackler said...

Are you high? It sounds like you've inhaled a little too much of that Kentucky Bluegrass.

Timothy Bradley said...

You're right- she's not hot enough to go to war over.

Matt Canavan said...

A barrister representing Vivian Alvarez has warned Leslie against revealing that her 'conversion' was a sham since, "If this woman humiliates the Indonesians, the next person who gets into trouble in Indonesia will suffer greatly." Hardly a glowing endorsement of the Indonesian judiciary from someone who presumably was trying to defend them.

Luke van Hooft said...

Is there nothing a sexy young lady can not get out of? Another example of the 'please officer, don't fine me, I'll do anything' approach to justice.

Anonymous said...

I find interesting the criticism that Timothy voices for Michelle being a ‘fake’ Muslim. While Christianity may not be as extreme as the Muslim faith, would you then call Christians who use contraceptive, have sex before marriage or have an abortion, fake Christians? Surely young women on the contraceptive pill still have a right to call themselves Christians. People of all religions practice their faith in their own way, why should Muslims be any different? In fact, often people that claim to be devout Christians would be the first in line at the abortion clinic should they or their girlfriend unintentionally conceive. So before you are so quick to judge Michelle’s loose interpretation of the Muslim faith, maybe you should take a look at certain participants of other religions who commit ungodly acts – Christian Brothers – case and point.

MrsGigantomachia said...

I think this has taught us all a good lession. If you are going to take drugs in Indonesia make sure you are in good company.

Dale P said...
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Dale P said...

Michelle Leslie has certainly walked back into a piping hot controversy upon her return to Australia, but it's important not to view her motives through rose-coloured glasses just because we think she's on the favourable side of the attractiveness bell curve.

Muslim or not, the largely uncritical media coverage given to Michelle, a humble Adelaide battler, is in huge contrast to that accorded to Gold Coast spiv Shrapnel Corby. This is just as true of the downmarket populist media as it is of the broadsheet capital city diaries. Which just goes to show - Australians naturally empathise more with battlers than spivs.

Timothy Bradley said...

P!ss off she's a battler! Ha!