Australian and Alabamian red necks

Our Prime Minister has gotten himself into hot water over his response to Robin Williams comments.
US media organisations, including the New York Times and FOX News, picked up Rudd’s remarks, which followed US comedian Robin Williams joking “Australians are basically English rednecks”.
Alabama newspaper, the Birmingham News, ran an “Australia vs Alabama” headline on the most prominent section of its website and asked readers to comment.

Just why being called a redneck is seen as an insult I don’t know. A much better response would have been something like this:

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