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Furniture giant Koala accused of bending over to cancel culture for meddling lyrics to classic songs

Australian furniture giant Koala – already under fire for relocating business to China – is slammed for changing the lyrics to ‘Home Among the Gum Trees’ for not being ‘inclusive enough’

  • Koala Furniture Campaign To Rewrite Lyrics To ‘Home Among The Gum Trees’
  • The campaign hopes to draw attention to modern Australian life through the lyrics
  • Customers can add their lyrics online before the song is released in November
  • Steve Smith, Moana Hope and Gen Fricker all support the campaign
  • But not everyone supports themselves after Koala has moved its production abroad

Cabinetmaker Koala has caused a stir after launching a campaign to turn the lyrics into an iconic Australian song, all after production moved to China.

Koala has asked customers to rewrite the lyrics of the 1970s classic ‘Home Among the Gumtrees’ to create an updated version for 2020 that makes people ‘feel at ease’.

The company explained that it wanted to ‘reflect the diversity of modern Australian life’ and said classic songs aren’t inclusive enough.

“Australian homes have changed radically since ‘Home Among The Gum Trees’ was first written in 1974,” the company said in a statement.

Koala believes that all Australians should feel at home. But some of our most beloved cultural icons don’t always reflect the diversity and reality of modern Australian life. ‘

Australian cricket captain Steve Smith (pictured) is a supporter of the Koala furniture campaign to rewrite the lyrics of 'Home Among the Gum Trees'

Australian cricket captain Steve Smith (pictured) is a supporter of the Koala furniture campaign to rewrite the lyrics of ‘Home Among the Gum Trees’

The brand said ‘we need a song for how we live today’ and asks customers to paint a picture of the modern Australian home.

“With the help of all the Aussies, we want to take it from classic country to a big, banging anthem that we can all get behind, whether you live among the gum trees, the flight paths, good cafes or big surf,” the company said.

Poll

DO YOU THINK THE LYRICS SHOULD CHANGE TO ‘HOME UNDER THE GUM TREES’?

The campaign was backed by Australian sports stars Steve Smith, Moana Hope and comedian Gen Fricker, but not everyone is getting behind it.

Koala recently announced that they are moving their production to China, prompting Gideon Rozner of the Australian Institute of Public Affairs to launch the campaign.

“Rather than pointless tricks about ‘inclusivity,’ Koala’s PR efforts may be better suited to advocate for economic reforms that make it commercially viable to move its manufacturing operations from China back to Australia, ” he said. News Corp.

“Australians want jobs, no longer shaken up by the big Australian business community.”

Gideon Rozner (photo) of the Australian Institute of Public Affairs called the campaign 'mad about Australian business'

Gideon Rozner (photo) of the Australian Institute of Public Affairs called the campaign 'maddening Australian business'

Gideon Rozner (photo) of the Australian Institute of Public Affairs called the campaign ‘mad about Australian business’

The song was written by Wally Johnson and Bob Brown in 1974 and appeared on the Captain Rock album Buried Treasure.

Australian country legend John Williamson also recorded a version of the song and it was the theme song for the popular garden show Burke’s Backyard.

Customers can add their lyrics at changeourtune.com and the updated song will be released in November.

Former AFLW star Hope is delighted to be on board the campaign.

Her partner Isabella Carlstrom will give birth to their first child in a few weeks, and Hope said her lyrical ideas will be a reflection of the couple who started their family home.

‘I am happy to be involved in this campaign as I grew up in a house of love and I focus more on what my home looks like inside … growing up I never knew what a daycare really really did and we’ve set it up, she said.

Moana Hope (pictured right with her partner Isabella Carlstrom) said her lyrics will reflect the couple who founded their family home

Moana Hope (pictured right with her partner Isabella Carlstrom) said her lyrics will reflect the couple who founded their family home

Moana Hope (pictured right with her partner Isabella Carlstrom) said her lyrics will reflect the couple who founded their family home

DO YOU THINK THE LYRICS SHOULD BE CHANGED HOME UNDER THE GUM TREES?

I’ve been all over the world

A few times or maybe more

I’ve seen the sights, I’ve had goodies

On every foreign coast

But if my friends all ask me

The place I love

I’ll tell them right away

Give me a house among the gum trees

With many plum trees

A few sheep, a kangaroo

A clothesline at the back

Porch at the front

And an old rocking chair

You can see me in the kitchen

Cooking a roast

Or Vegemite on toast

Just you and me, a cup of tea

And later we will settle down

And go out on the porch

And watch the possums play

There is a Safeways around the corner

And a Woolies down the street

And a brand new place they have opened

Where they regulate the heat

But I would trade them all tomorrow

For a little retreat through the bush

Where the kookaburras call

Some people love their home

With fences all around

Others live in mansions

And some underground

But I like the bush, you know

With rabbits running around

And a pumpkin vine at the back

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