Aussie rules football fan blasted for calling Sam Kerr and teammates ‘girls’ after rewriting Waltzing Matilda lyrics to celebrate team’s World Cup exploits
An Aussie Rules football fan has bizarrely been called out online after calling Sam Kerr and his teammates ‘girls’.
The fan in question rewrote Banjo Patterson’s lyrics Waltzing Matilda in a patriotic attempt to celebrate the team’s World Cup exploits – but instead came under fire.
The iconic phrase about the swagman watching her “boil” was replaced with “stories will be told of the girls who wear the green and the gold.”
Remarkably, this sporty modification infuriated another Matildas fan.
‘Women. They are women. They are professional female athletes and as far as I can tell they are all adults,’ the enthusiastic supporter wrote in response to the adjusted lyrics.
An Australian rules football fan has been called online after calling Sam Kerr and his teammates (pictured) ‘girls’
Once a furious fan was furious after another supporter rewrote the lyrics of Banjo Patterson’s Waltzing Matilda in a patriotic attempt to celebrate the team’s World Cup exploits.
The Matildas stole the hearts of many sports fans in their impressive run to the World Cup semi-final (pictured, supporters this week in Sydney)
“I start to cringe every time I see ‘girls’ being used to describe our adult female athletes. I know they use the term interchangeably, but I don’t care.
“Girls” when used by non-team members is loaded – it’s infantilizing, it diminishes them and I really, really want it to stop.
As for the Matildas players themselves, they have no problem being called girls.
After the 3-1 semi-final loss to England, Kerr paid tribute to the fighting qualities of her teammates.
‘Really disappointed obviously. We just failed, but yeah, we’re really proud of the girls for this whole tournament,” the skipper said.
Matildas captain Sam Kerr often passionately calls her Matildas teammates “her daughters”
“After my injury I just had to stick with the girls and they’ve been amazing.”
If it’s good enough for Kerr to use in interviews, it should be good enough for everyone.
On Saturday evening, the Australian “girls” will face Sweden, the winner securing third place in the World Cup that united the nation.
Kick-off at the Brisbane Stadium is at 6pm, with live coverage on Channel 7 and Optus Sport.