Tasteless McCullough Obituary Sets Off Avalanche of Parodies

Colleen McCullough, a favorite writer of mine whose Masters of Rome series I’ve read at least five times, died January 29 at the age of 77.

Her obituary in the Australian put some strange things in the lede: “Colleen McCullough, Australia’s best selling author, was a charmer. Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless, a woman of wit and warmth.”

McCullough obit COMP

Social media responded to this insensitive and bizarre take on one of the world’s most popular writers with an outbreak of parodies on Twitter under the hashtag #myozobituary. Some of them are from writers and fans in the sf and fantasy field, and others are just too funny to leave out….

Neil Gaiman —

Nicholas Kaufmann of Dying Is My Business, Die and Stay Dead, and Chasing The Dragon

Nicholas Pegg, “probably the only Equity member to have played Hamlet, a Dalek and an otter.”

And others —

Alexandra Petri, the Washington Post humorist, has also contributed a column full of Obituaries for Men.

3 thoughts on “Tasteless McCullough Obituary Sets Off Avalanche of Parodies

  1. Thank you. These came from a part of the internet I do not frequent (for antiquity-of-browser reasons) and are delightful.

    I note that someone on the interned has stated that the obit. has been in the files so long that the writer is now dead. The Editor who ordered/allowed it to be printed, however, really deserves to be named prominently & frequently in this context, and I’m not aware of who he is. (I assume the male pronoun is correct, but actually it might have been a woman … I’m sure there are incompetent female editors, but both seem unlikely on The Australian staff.)

  2. With writers, it might almost be more usual to comment, “thought NOT overweight… “

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