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    Steve Buscemi Did A Shoey To Honour Australia's Firefighters And Called On ScoMo To Give Them A Pay Rise

    "You can at least give them an 11% pay raise like you do your government ministers."

    You know Steve Buscemi, legendary actor and honorary cool kid.

    Steve Buscemi wearing a suit at a red carpet event
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    Recently, he was involved in a video celebrating Australian firefighters, as part of the Fire Brigade Employees' Union celebrating 110 years.

    Steve sitting down at a table and speaking to a camera
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    Now, if you're unaware, Buscemi was actually a firefighter in the 1980s until he decided to pursue acting full-time. He talks about this in the video and acknowledges that it was a short, but impactful time — largely due to the bonds formed with his co-workers.

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    This connection to his fellow firefighters drove him to reunite with his colleagues and work alongside them at Ground Zero after the September 11 attacks.

    An unidentified New York City firefighter walks away from Ground Zero after the collapse of the Twin Towers September 11, 2001 in New York City
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    Since then, Buscemi has supported organisations like Friends Of Firefighters, which works to provide free mental health and wellness services to firies.

    Talking about the NSW firefighters and their contribution to the devastating Australian bushfires in 2020, Buscemi said he was in complete awe of their accomplishments. As part of this, NSW firefighters should be given the highest praise and pay.

    A firefighter hosing down trees and flying embers in an effort to secure nearby houses from bushfires near the town of Nowra in the Australian state of New South Wales
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    Buscemi then delivered a direct message to prime minister Scott Morrison, urging him to give Australia's firies an 11% pay rise.

    A close up of Steve
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    "0.3% pay raise? For firefighter, what? Come on, man. Come on, that's crazy. You can at least give them an 11% pay raise like you do your government ministers. So come on, cough it up! And don't you even dare think about privatising the fire brigade, alright? Do the right thing."

    And, of course, as a final ode to Australians, Buscemi did what is known as a shoey — which basically consists of drinking an alcoholic beverage out of a shoe.

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    Although, I need to point out that he used Foster's Beer — something that is seen as Australian internationally, but that hardly anyone drinks Down Under.

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    Next time, use a VB, mate! We still appreciate the effort though.

    Anyway, what a bloody legend. Thanks to Steve Buscemi for speaking so highly of our amazing firefighters and for giving ScoMo the kick in the butt he needs to recognise them.

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    Also, I highly recommend watching the whole video.

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