Monkey is an Insult?

Monkey-ButlerOK, I am expecting to recieve a heap of comments here “educating” me, but I honestly can’t see how being called a monkey can be an insult to an Australian. Does this mean if I call my nieces cheeky monkeys I could end up in court? What about the band Artic Monkeys? Should they have a warning on their albums that their name may be offensive? When are the monkeys at the zoo being renamed, fairy penguin style?

Can someone explain this?

2015 Update on Monkey as an Insult

I’ve since heard monkey used as a racial insult in the US. Maybe because Australia is rather homogenous it’s rare there. Whichever way, let’s stop being nasty to each other and acknowledge that monkeys are smart, agile creatures. Not to mention absolutely adorable.


Bianca Smith

Bianca is a freelance digital marketer in Seattle. She works with clients big and small, in the US and Australia, on digital marketing, branding, event communications, social media and website content.

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