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Dan the man: making social cohesion sexy

That untameable beast, the internet, has put in its own nomination for Australian of the Year —Dan, an Optus telecommunications social media employee. In what became an epic online showdown, Dan trolled the trolls as he single-handledly set about educating and enlightening the masses on what racial diversity and tolerance really mean.

Here’s what happened:   

Late last year Optus received complaints for placing advertisements with Arabic writing in the Casula store in Sydney’s West, that has a large Arabic-speaking population. Police were called in after the Casula store was allegedly threatened and the signs were taken down following the incident. But some Optus customers decided this was not enough and they took their outrage to the place where outrage best flourishes, online. But, they hadn’t counted on Dan. 

Others wanted to school Optus on the country’s ‘National Language’. 

...and the trolls wanted to talk about what assimilation really meant.  

Then there are those who thought the Arabic language signs were a ‘Marketing disaster’...but Dan wouldn’t have any of it.

 

Jason decided to take it up a notch and accused Dan of sympathising with the ‘Moslems’.

 

The trolls eventually became outnumbered by Dan-the-man-fans, and demanded he get a raise #thedanshow. 

 

Despite a collective social media stalk session, the country has failed to identify who exactly Dan is, so this smooth-talking vigilante of tolerance remains a mystery. 

 

The Point

That untameable beast, the internet, has put in its own nomination for Australian of the Year —Dan, an Optus telecommunications social media employee.

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