A true blue, dinki di bit of patronising television
Did anyone else find Masterchef last night incredibly patronising towards blue-collar workers?
In case you missed it, the troupe of budding young chefs were given the challenge to cook a goat’s cheese-based vegetarian dish for “six of Australia’s biggest meat lovers”.
And who were these esteemed judges? True blue Aussies: tradies, truck drivers, a fireman and a farmer. Seems blue-collar types don’t have refined enough tastes to appreciate a good vegetarian dish… or even know what goat’s cheese is.
“I’m not sure how to eat it,” said one.
“I’m confused. It just looks like a hashbrown,’’ said another, probably taking the piss. “Is goat’s cheese something goats like?”
I squirmed at the cliché of the meat-pie eating tradie Masterchef was so lazily trying to depict.
Sure, stereotypes are what they are because they’re mostly true - most farmers I know do love a good steak - but the portrayal of these men as simple because they didn’t know their leeks from their figs was….cringeworthy.
Especially when the meals were cooked by bored lawyers and accountants and tools who refuse to take off their beanie. Aaron.
The cravat-clad Matt Preston doesn’t help either.
It’s not that I’m personally or even that easily offended. Or that Masterchef should be over-analysed in such a way. (It is what it is and it generally does it well).
Just having Preston condescendingly hold up a fig to a balcony of builders and explain what it was…. somehow didn’t sit right.
And I hate lazy television.
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