You can’t turn on a news channel here in Oz, without being bombarded with the news. I get it, it means $$ for the tourism industry, and honestly as an Australian who lived abroad for many years, its exciting that someone so prominent will show off what we love so much about this country.
I recently found out that Oprah has a test on her website to “test your Australia knowledge.” Assuming I would ace the thing, I took the test.
My God! I mean, really Oprah (or whomever on your staff set this test up) how many people would really know how many species of plants we have here, or what percentage of the worlds opals we mine? Ask those questions of any Americans about their homeland and I would expect they would fumble just as badly as I did (at least that’s what I’m telling myself).
Regardless, I took the test and was frankly afraid of the result, given I had already decided to make a post about it. I didn’t want to be shamed. I did Ok, not great, a slide-in-by-the-skin-of-your-teeth kind of result. 6/10 (I guess I can stay here, but can’t hold my head up too high).
Here is the test if you want to give it a go yourself. Post your results here too. However if you beat me and you aren’t an Australian, I will assume (correctly or incorrectly), that you googled all the answers as you were going along. I have my pride to protect!
Lets not be so naive though, as to think that Oprah ‘picked’ us because we were the most appealing place on earth to her. In fact, Australia has paid dearly for this visit. Somewhere in the vicinity of $2.3 -$2.8 million, depending which news outlet you are listening to. There has been a lot of talk about this. Is it a waste of taxpayer money? Is it money well spent? All I know is that tourism Australia spent $180 million on the “where the bloody hell are you?” campaign, and living overseas at the time I thought it was crap (as did a whole bunch of other people apparently, it was said to be a dismal failure all around).
So lets call a spade a shovel shall we? $2.8million would be a drop in the bucket, and probably a drop well spent, whatever you think of Oprah and her hysterical horde of screaming estrogen.
- Oprah’s Going To Australia (buzzfeed.com)
- Oprah Winfrey Headed to Australia (socyberty.com)
- Oprah Sending Entire Audience to Australia (shoppingblog.com)
- Oprah Jets Audience to Australia (justjared.buzznet.com)
- Oprah’s Down Under Adventure Comes At A Cost (chicagoist.com)
- “Oprah Down Under” Is Going To Cost Australian Taxpayers $2.8 Million (dlisted.com)
- Oprah Is Flying Her Audience To Australia (manolith.com)