Sydneysiders have been brutally mocked in a series of videos detailing the city’s postcode snobbery – and it’s divided the city.
The six clips uploaded to TikTok left no one unscathed, branding those in the east as righteous posers obsessed with yoga and those in the west as muscle-bound fitness fanatics who flaunt their Louis Vuitton gym bags.
The controversial videos from a fashion blogger named Tom labelled residents in the northern beaches as ‘privileged’ and pigeonholed those from Sutherland Shire as ‘tattooed Bunnings fans with a deep love sausage sizzles’.
‘Tom’ also claims those who live in Sydney’s CBD as happy to pay millions for a cramped terrace – next to a brothel.
But these brutal stereotypes of the Harbour City’s 5.23 million residents, which have been viewed 600,800 since the first video was uploaded online on October 19, have sparked some passionate responses.
TikTok star Tom, who made sweeping generalisations about people from iconic Sydney postcodes in a series of videos titled ‘Living in Sydney: A step-by-step guide’
‘As someone who grew up in the west and now lives and works in the east, this mentality is contagious,’ one person said.
‘I wanted to be offended but this was too accurate,’ another viewer added.
Some took issue with his stereotyping of the northern beaches, with one woman saying: ‘Not gonna lie, this hurt my feelings a little bit.’
1. THE EASTERN SUBURBS
Popular among backpackers, young professionals and wealthy families, the eastern suburbs is home to Australia’s most iconic beaches – including Bondi, Coogee and the harbour coast around Watson’s Bay.
While the area is often characterised by steep, winding hills and beautiful ocean views and being horrendously overcrowded, Tom says many of its residents have modern hippie tendencies like daily yoga, gender reveal parties and vaccine sKepticism.
‘These are exactly the people I’d be keeping my eye on for the next bushfire started by a gender reveal explosion,’ he said.
The east is famously self-contained, with a large shopping centre in Bondi Junction and everything from schools and churches, bars and gyms, which is essential, Tom says, because the area is so inaccessible from the rest of Sydney.
‘You’ll never have to guess if someone if from the east. They will tell you they’re from the east because of how far away everything is,’ he said.
‘Getting from Woollahra to Leichhardt is an absolute NIGHTMARE. Strathfield? Is that in Alice Springs?’
Tom pokes fun at the insular mindset of eastern suburbs residents by suggesting they believe that Strathfield in the city’s west, despite only being 40 minutes’ away.
Those in the east are socially liberal but economically conservative, Tom claims, which means they support ‘rights for gay people, but not if they’re poor’.
He said houses in the eastern suburbs are likely to be decorated in crystals and Buddhist statues bought from a Swedish traveller at Glebe market.
Tom says many of residents of the eastern suburbs (which includes Bondi Beach, pictured) have modern hippie tendencies like