‘Haters gonna hate’: Teen defends decision to jump into crocodile-infested river for crush

Lee De Paauw

From The Washington Post:

Some people are calling it the stupidest decision ever made.

Others are slightly more forgiving.

Regardless of how you’d characterize Lee De Paauw’s decision this weekend to leap into a crocodile-infested river to impress a young woman he was smitten with, one thing can’t be denied — it kinda worked.

It also nearly cost the 18-year-old Australian — now the living embodiment of every teenage male stereotype ever created — his life.

“Do you understand that most of the country thinks that you’re one of the stupidest people around right now?’ ” Nine Network Australia reporter Zara James asked De Paauw as he sat in his hospital bed.

“I’m not, really,” De Paauw replied. “I’m just — I don’t know — trying to prove a point.”

The point-proving began, as it so often does, with alcohol — “10 cups of goon,” to be exact. “Goon” is box wine, according to BuzzFeed, which called the wine “Australia’s most versatile drink.”

Drinking that much Goon always ends in disaster.

 

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‘Haters gonna hate’: Teen defends decision to jump into crocodile-infested river for crush

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