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The true truth about Kristina Keneally’s hair


I am so funny. Recently I changed my Twitter avatar to a picture of Kristina Keneally because why not? The hair! All my tweeps were like “ROFL” and then @macyourselfhome changed his avatar to Kristina Keneally as well and suddenly, bang, we had a meme! Let’s all do it!

Yesterday became Kristina Keneally Hair Avatar Day — sponsored by Crikey. The Best #kkhairavatarday avatar wins a prize, photoshop your nuts off people. We had a lovely time. And the topic started to trend. Hilarious.

Then all of a sudden, @Colgo at the Punch started tweeting about THEIR KK Hair article on their e-blog using our KKHair hashtag. ZOMG! Who are these people?

I had a minor meltdown. I sit here every day churning out the most crisp and delightful content for the Citizens of Planet Crikey and so-called @colgo comes along and “borrows” it. Right there on the internet I called him an idea pincher, I called him my internet girlfriend, I photoshopped KK’s Hair on to his head! Take that! I posted a terse comment on his alleged article, I fumed, I sulked massively.

Not long after @Colgo emailed me to say that they had been planning a KK hair story all week and it just became a case of strike while the iron was set to cotton. He should have mentioned the Crikey involvement at the time, however he did amend it later.

Not only did I believe him (News Ltd employees can’t make up everything ALL the time) I forgave him and not just because he offered me a footrub but because I am bigger than that. He would be my new best friend except that is now Kristina Keneally because …

The real excitement began when the Premier of NSW herself @KKeneally! started to tweet her approval of various images. How chuffing it was to have her involvement and her good-sport attitude, the people of NSW are a lucky mob. One thing led to another and here are the winners of Crikey’s #KKHairavatarday competition as determined by our celebrity guest judges, Premier of NSW Kristina Keneally and her charming son, 11-year-old Daniel.

Kristina speaks:

First prize: davegaukroger (@dfg77) even though I told him earlier on Twitter that I didn’t think the look worked for him, there is something disturbing about the image. Like a bad scene from which you can’t turn away.

Runner up: @tobiasziegler. It’s just funny.

Honourable mention: Laurie Oakes. I suspect neither of us could have imagined that combination. (By @zombiemao)

My son’s award: Matt Preston. He thinks it’s one of the funniest things he’s ever seen. (By @shrubberri)

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The winner


Runner up


Honourable mention

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The Daniel Keneally “Funniest thing I have ever seen” Award

Everyone receives a Crikey sub unless they blog at Pure Poison, in which case they get socks.

The Short List


From the hilarious @bronte_saurus



And the rest…






Former Crikey Internet @tom_cowie









After the man himself @jonaholmesMW requested someone photoshop the hair onto that volcano

volcano hair


My internet girlfriend @colgo by me


@greenj “The Frog” by me


  • 1
    Posted Thursday, 22 April 2010 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Is that Laurie Oakes or Michelle Grattan who got the honourable mention?

  • 2
    Posted Thursday, 22 April 2010 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    I suspect Tom Cowie is probably an “intern” rather than an “internet”, but you can never tell with these young people.

  • 3
    Holden Back
    Posted Thursday, 22 April 2010 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    The winner looks like Janet Albrechtsen ‘manning up’. The glasses are doing a lot of the work.

  • 4
    Christine Johnson
    Posted Thursday, 22 April 2010 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Whoever said “hair doesn’t maketh the man” needs their head read. It’s everyone’s crowning glory and that’s why Peter Garrett should grow his back or get sacked.

  • 5
    Posted Thursday, 22 April 2010 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    I love the GreenJ one. Would have thought it would have been a little closer to the winner’s circle.

    Hi there Jonathan. Still with the riding? And the horse of course.



  • 6
    Posted Thursday, 22 April 2010 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    I know this is a satire, but once again, we see a female pollie being the subject of some satire because of her appearance - I know, I know, I’m being a bit of a wet blanket, but please, starting picking on the blokes too!

  • 7
    Mike Jones
    Posted Thursday, 22 April 2010 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    Is that Joe Tripodi - or the member for water buffaloes ?

  • 8
    Posted Thursday, 22 April 2010 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    Are you kidding susieq? I have spent the last 6 months drawing almost nothing other than Tony Abbott’s penis, simply based on how he dresses (or doesn’t). I drew Brendan Nelson’s hair more times than you have had hot dinners and that was because of his hair! I would draw Stephen Smith every day except he keeps a low profile. Albo is a Sontaran. Kevin Rudd is a balloon because he has a big stupid round head. Barnaby Joyce is a pumpkin scone because he is an idiot. This is not Kirner and the polka dot frock. I am genuinely an equal opportunity satirist. If anything, I go easier on the ladies because chicks dig me.

  • 9
    Posted Friday, 23 April 2010 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    Holden, do you think if i put a choker on a’la Planet I could get a go on Q & A?

  • 10
    Christopher Scanlon
    Posted Friday, 23 April 2010 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Stilgherrian, it’s hard to believe, but Tom’s caption is quite correct. Tom IS an internet unto himself. The young people of today come with built-in networks and wi-fi capabilities.

  • 11
    Posted Friday, 23 April 2010 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    So disappointed I missed this opportunity to create a KK merkin.

  • 12
    Posted Friday, 23 April 2010 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Christopher Scanlon, that means we don’t need the National Broadband Network after all! We’re saved!

  • 13
    David Sanderson
    Posted Friday, 23 April 2010 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    I like Rudd as an aging (middle of the road, of course) rocker.

  • 14
    David Sanderson
    Posted Friday, 23 April 2010 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Maybe Mao could have avoided the Cultural Revolution if he had been more in touch with his feminine side.

  • 15
    Posted Friday, 23 April 2010 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    Maybe SAO (Biscuits, Martians! NOT Sports Accreditation Online!) could have done away with the SAO song? With photoshop and a false wig? Na-oooooo as Mr Norman Wisdom has frequently said towards diverse events of realism and unrealism in his wonderful movies . FD but, sometimes you’re a bit of a crumb. How do you explain that?

  • 16
    Holden Back
    Posted Saturday, 24 April 2010 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Dave, only if you do the thigh-high boots and mini-skirt. True story, though not in the studio context.

  • 17
    Ern Malleys cat
    Posted Saturday, 24 April 2010 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Typical First Dog — again airing his hysterical hatred of hair.
    Meanwhile fur is beyond any criticism.

  • 18
    Posted Sunday, 25 April 2010 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Fur good better and best.

  • 19
    Posted Sunday, 25 April 2010 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    I was agreeing with you EMC. Just being a parrot.