Robert Hampton

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11th June 2009

Very big down under
Posted by at 11.29pm | 3 responses | Television

I must confess to being quite ignorant of what goes on in Australia. My knowledge of that fair land comes entirely from watching Neighbours — from which I’ve concluded that it never rains and there are no black people.

I mention it now because I was alerted by Popbitch to a minor kerfuffle in Oz over taste and decency in broadcasting. Last week a comedy show, The Chaser’s War on Everything, aired a sketch poking fun at the Make a Wish Foundation. The cast have subsequently been vilified by the Aussie press for their poor taste, and heads have rolled at the ABC (Australia’s equivalent of the BBC).

I thought it’d be interesting to compare notes with our own very British broadcasting scandal. On the face of it, all the ingredients are there: controversial comedy stars pulling a stunt on a publicly-funded broadcaster causing an outcry, resulting in suspensions and resignations.

The sketch has been banned from ever airing again, so be grateful for YouTube:-

That’s it? Not only is it quite funny; on my offence-o-meter it barely registers. If this had aired here in the UK, I can’t imagine even the most antagonistic Daily Mail reader getting the antique pen and monogrammed stationery out to write a letter of complaint.

What’s wrong with you, Australia? Your chief export is people who wrestle crocodiles for a living, and you’re upset by this? I highly recommend you don’t ever watch British TV — Mitchell and Webb tonight featured Queen Victoria saying “cum” about 20 times (also very funny).

I’m not angry, Australia. I’m just… disappointed.

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3 Responses
  1. Comment by Rob F
    19th June 2009 at 9:50 pm

    I’m moving out to Oz in the next 18 months or so and have to say, their humour is much better than over here. I’ve seen that episode of The Chaser, you should check out the bit with the Aussie selling rooms in Buckingham Palace – the coppers reaction is brilliant, or watch it here:
    BTW, I’m surprised you’re not working in IT as your chosen profession, what’s up with that?

  2. Comment by Robert
    21st June 2009 at 12:14 am

    Acorn Computers disappeared, and I never enjoyed messing about with other systems as much. So that was that, really.

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