Opposition: Make My Day – wtf?
The ABC reports:
“Earlier today, in an address to the Coalition party room, the Opposition Leader channelled Clint Eastwood’s character Dirty Harry, daring [the Prime Minister] to “make my day” by focusing on the economy in the year ahead.”
If it is correct that the Leader of the Opposition is channeling the Dirty Harry character, it is a pretty weird thing to go around saying.
The quote originates from the movie Dirty Harry. After a gun fight, the “Dirty” Harry Callahan character advances on an injured “punk”, with his revolver drawn. Mr Callahan says to the punk that he doesn’t know whether he has any bullets left in his gun, but invites the punk to find out – “go ahead, make my day”. The punk submits but wants to know if Mr Callahan had any bullets left. He points the gun at the punk’s head and pulls the trigger, demonstrating both that the gun is empty and that he knew it was empty.
So, the subtext of this quote, should you ever pull it on someone as a challenge, is that you’re bluffing and you can’t back your challenge up.