A Current Affair
Since last week, plenty of sushi-eating, bubble-tea-sipping Aussies have taken to the Interwebs to voice their indignation on behalf of Asian-Australians over A Current Affair’s “All-Asian Mall” blunder.
They wanted to make clear they were personally aware that the members of our community who cling-wrap their remote controls, chop their food with giant cleavers and apparently want to start specialty stores in Sydney’s North-West are, indeed part of the community.
But as a country, it looks like Australians aren’t all that into “Asia”.
I saw something a couple of days ago that made me want to throw a brick through the TV.
I’m not normally a violent person, but A Current Affair’s “special investigation” on the “Asianisation” of our shopping centres wasn’t just dumb, it was dangerous.
If you were lucky enough to miss the program, you missed reporter Ben McCormack’s “exclusive” story on the “Great mall of China” in Sydney’s Castle Hill.
When news broke Bert and Patti Newton were going on A Current Affair to talk about their son Matthew a lot of people rolled their eyes, and then nearly 1.8 million of us tuned in.
I was definitely in the fairly large skeptics camp, wondering what good the interview could possibly do, and if in fact, it could turn out to be self-indulgent and harmful. And then I watched it.
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For about the fifty-millionth time on my television screen in recent times, I recently witnessed yet another slimy current affairs story that shouldn’t have been screened at 6.35 pm.
This time it was the tale of a woman who is taking her former boss to the cleaners for sexual harassment. In itself, the story on Today Tonight didn’t particularly offend my sensibilities; it was quite newsworthy and, if told sensitively, may not have aroused my ire. But it’s the sleazy manner in which these stories are so often portrayed that really gets up my nose.
Why did they have to give the intimate details of the case – word for word? Why did they have to quote the man who supposedly said to the young woman during dinner that the dessert was so good it was ‘like a **** in the mouth’? Oh yes, they beeped out the ‘offensive’ word. Woohoo! Good on them for being so ‘family friendly’.
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