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The Hardest Word

by Mahala High Five Brigade / Illustration by Alastair Laird / 11.03.2014

The week before last we courted a shit storm by publishing Laugh It Off’s open letter to Jay Jays (yip, the one with the offensive Gay Gays spoof on the original Jay Jays brand). We tried to mitigate by explaining ourselves and attempting a mea culpa moment, but got lambasted for not simply apologising for the hurt caused. And so without any further ado, we at Mahala are sorry.

And here’s a song from Rambling Bones that kind of captures our apologetic mood.

*Illustration © Alastair Laird.

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  1. muddebunker says:

    Loyalty to your friends and family is the mark of true virtue and you sold out a brother publicly over something minuscule; that’s all that really matters here. Shame on you

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  2. Andy says:

    sold out a brother?

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  3. Molly says:

    Yeah but I’m sorry, Roger makes some valid points but equating your language use with BULLARD is a fucking low and unjustified blow – I’d be pissed off about that. Props for letting it all go.

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  4. Big up says:

    Nice to see someone cop to a mistake so simply. Bravo Mahala. Thanks for the conversation. All in all positive result for dialogue.

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  5. Andy says:

    Thanks Molly. I felt the same way. But whatever. Love you guys. Let’s make some new moves!

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  6. creep says:

    Well Andy has screwed Roger (and many others) over (with false promises and low-balling payment) so many times that the Bullard reference was actually a pulled punch. Try Davis as Trump, the Yellow King or Fred fucking West…

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  7. Ditzy says:

    So I see many commentson on Mahala that talk of the payment issue. Does Mahala not pay their contributors or do they write mahala?

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  8. Andy says:

    We do pay, but as a start up, we weren’t always in a position to do so and some of our previous contributors are still miffed.

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  9. Wendy says:

    Why are Andy’s ankles so swollen?

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  10. Jolly Roger says:

    Roger’s article was pretty poor, and was quite obviously a cheap vendetta against Mahala (and his various gripes with them) masquerading as ethical critique. I say this because there was nothing terribly interesting about his observations. But the venom he withheld for Mahala betrays his self-projected history of ill-treatment. I am not in a position to confirm the extent of his wounds, but for those who have met Roger in public, he does bray on about Mahala an awful lot, like his mistreatment (read: he didn’t get paid enough or on time enough) constituted the fundamental rupture in his life which now drives him to go on writing. I thought Roger’s piece was of average intellectual contribution to the debate, and the carefully orchestrated vengeance implicit in the piece was childish.

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  11. sad reality says:

    @Jolly Roger. Nice one. Haven’t met Roger but I’ve read a fair amount of his stuff in social media and elsewhere. I couldn’t agree more with your sentiments.

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  12. Insider says:

    Haha, what an absolute douche. Davis tells his underling to publish the open letter. Davis then backtracks when the shit hits the fan and starts blaming his underlining for publishing ‘wrong piece’. Davis then opportunistically uses the swelling public sentiment to lambast his ‘friend’ and dresses it up as taking a moral stand. And then, in the end, Davis makes Mahala apologise for the whole shitstorm in a teacup he initiated with his poor judgement. So laughable it’s off.

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  13. Andy says:

    yoh, insider holding the doo-doo end of the stick.

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