|Passionate Skin by Brook Andrew|
The Australian Office of Tourism is saying that Oprah will encourage American tourism. But with the American economy in the toilet, the Australian currency at an all-time high against the weak American dollar, and Oprah's fans barely able to pay their mortgages, the incentives Australia is forking out for Oprah seem to be a waste. The best Australia can hope for is that her US fans learn the difference between Australia and Austria.
What's amazing is that more than 75,000 people have reportedly registered for tickets to her Sydney shows. I know she's big. Not many people get by with just one name. And sure she's worth billions, thanks to her spooky ability to get her legion of fans to buy or reject whatever she deems fit; but, with the utmost respect to one of the world's richest and most powerful women, I say whoop-di-doo.
BTW: The work done by Aboriginal artist Brook Andrew (shown above) comments on how traditional aboriginal cultural has been influenced by western culture. Is that influence good or bad?