The awareness of an Austrian lesbian/ idiom — describes a sense of smugness born of privilege and willful ignorance, variations include “the social consciousness of an Austrian ski-jumper” or simply “Austrian lesbian” or “Austrian ski-jumper.” The phrase is very closely linked to another: “as dense as a gay American figure skater.”
An idiom with an opposite meaning is: “She’s smart enough to play in the gay NBA.” This expression reflects the comments made by gay ex-NBA John Amaechi: “For me, silence in the face of attendance in Sochi is complicity,” says Amaechi, who played for Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz during his basketball career. “You become nothing more than another Sochi mascot that people can have their photograph taken with as a memento of the abdication of responsibility. I don’t think it’s a predicament. I do understand that there is risk. But principles are usually associated with risk.”
Usage: I don’t think he’s read a newspaper in a decade; he’s such an Austrian lesbian.
If she were anymore self-involved, she’d be a gay American figure skater.
He’s as spoiled as an Austrian ski-jumper.
Etymology: The idiom arises from the comments made by Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, an out lesbian athlete at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, when she dismissed protests against the abuse of human rights in Russia, thereby displaying truly Olympian levels of ignorance and self-involvement.
Note that Olympic Athletes are providing endless examples of the usefulness of this phrase. Take for example the Canadian athletes who fawned over Putin when he dropped by Canada House. They should not even have let him through the door, let alone have snapped selfies with him: “The Canadian athletes behaved no better than an Austrian ski-jumper as they fell all over themselves to snap selfies with the ruthless dictator, Vladimir Putin.”
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