In the mid-'90s, newly elected Australian politician Pauline Hanson rocketed to notoriety after delivering a controversial maiden speech. Her lack of charisma and education -- she famously responded to an interview question about her xenophobia by asking what the word meant -- was a selling point for supporters looking for someone who didn't talk like a politician, but also fertile ground for satirists like drag queen Simon Hunt, aka Pauline Pantsdown. Adopting a version of Hanson's unusual style of dress (the politician proudly claimed to make all of her own clothes), Hunt recorded a song based on vocal samples from Hanson's speeches taken out of context called "Backdoor Man." The song was popular with the audience of youth radio station JJJ, making it to number five on their Hottest 100 list for 1997. Hanson obtained a court injunction against the song, claiming it was defamatory, after which Pantsdown recorded a response called "I Don't Like It," using similar out of context samples of Hanson's speech. The follow-up was even more popular and made it to number ten in the national charts. Hunt later had his name officially changed to Pauline Pantsdown while running for office himself, unsuccessfully. He returned in 2004 under the moniker Little Johnny, named after Prime Minister John Howard, to contribute a song to the Rock Against Howard compilation called "I'm Sorry!" The song, in a similar style to the Pauline Pantsdown songs, satirized Howard's refusal to issue a formal apology to the country's aboriginal people.
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