This morning, columnist Bernard Salt issued a kind of explanation for that opinion piece in the Weekend Australian. In his view, a paragraph insinuating Australia’s youth precludes itself from the housing market ’cause of overpriced smashed avocado brunches was taken wildly out of context.
Make no bloody mistake, it wasn’t only the milk-crate sitters of Australia who saw Salt’s words as a withering judgment of anyone who deigns to keep their money away from a home deposit.
The “Twitterati” exploded because the original column was flippant, and it punched down. It’s difficult to see as satire because we hear structurally identical takes on a near-constant basis. Apparently, it’s also difficult for his generation to see as satire, as they’re the ones delivering those very same opinions.
In light of those comments, Salt’s follow-up seems tone deaf at best, and diversionary at worst. We doubt you’ll see him repackage the same “it’s just a prank, bro” memo to his rusted-on audience, but damn: you can’t smash your avo and eat it, too.