Australian Politician Attacks Rival with Plagiarized Speech from American Movie

Melissa Knowles

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Politicians give speeches all the time. It just comes with the territory. Often, they employ speech writers whose only job is to prepare and write clear messages that are structured with certain themes and positions the person reading the speech wants to articulate. But, what happens when it's found that your speech writer was a famous Hollywood producer and the speech you gave was not written for you, but used in a movie? That's the scenario with Australian Transport Minister Anthony Albanese who is being accused of plagiarism. In the speech, Albanese attacks the leader of a rival party by copying Michael Douglas's character's speech in 1995's The American President. Douglas plays widower Andrew Shepherd, the President of the United States, who falls in love with a lobbyist. After the Liberal party's federal director uploaded a video comparing the two speeches on YouTube. Alabenese responded on Twitter, saying "D'oh! Stuff Up." Let's assume that means he messed up. Albanese also added that 'D'oh' comes from another great American, Homer Simpson.


Earlier this week, designer Jean Paul Gaultier had an Amy Winehouse-inspired fashion show. The New York Times called it "chaotic essence in a marvelous show," but there was at least one person who did not approve. Amy's father, Mitch Winehouse, slammed the show, saying it was in bad taste and adding "no one offered to make a donation to the foundation." The show, held in Paris, featured models walking the runway with Amy's trademark beehive hairdo and cigarette. Mitch also noted that he is proud of his daughter's influence on fashion, but does not like Gaultier using "black veils on models, smoking cigarettes, with a barbershop quartet singing her music." The designer admitted to never actually meeting the star but admired her taste and referred to her as a "style icon." The songstress passed away last July. During her performances and in her everyday life, she was known for wearing lots of black, paired with thick eyeliner that seemed to pay homage to fashion trends from the 1950s and 1960s.