Luhrmann, Ponting among UnAustralians of the yearJanuary 27th, 2009 - 2:49 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, Jan 27 (ANI): Aussie film director Baz Luhrmann and cricket captain Ricky Ponting are among the top ten who have been named UnAustralian of the year by Zoo Weekly magazine.
Luhrmann was awarded the title ahead of Ponting and boxer Danny Green, who had taken part in Dancing with the Stars, for his film Australia, which the magazine dubbed an embarrassment.
According to Zoo editor Paul Merrill, Luhrmann took top spot after his film was panned by critics and bombed at the international box office.
Australia was supposed to be something to make all Aussies proud and sell the Lucky Country to the world, News.com.au quoted Merrill as saying.
Instead it was an embarrassment. Turning our proud history into a dismal love story full of cliches is not something we”ll forgive easily, he added.
The top 10 UnAustralians of the Year are as follows:
1. Baz Luhrmann
2. Ricky Ponting
3. Danny Green
4. SA Attorney General Michael Atkinson (for refusing to allow R18+ classification for video games)
5. Kevin Rudd (for his call to ban pay rises)
7. John Howard
8. NSW pollie Fred Nile (for trying to ban topless bathing)
10. Queensland Premier Anna Bligh (for ordering a crackdown on balcony flashers at Indy) (ANI)
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