It is hard to believe, but a little TV show with the subtle and unassuming title Dumb, Drunk and Racist has upset a lot of people. This is even more remarkable given that it hasn’t actually gone to air yet.

Wonder what made people think we were racist? Picture: Craig Greenhill

The show was intended to pick up on a news article from last year that revealed Indian call centre workers were trained to believe Australians were “dumb, drunk and racist” – a stereotype reinforced by many in the media there.

Our original intent was to go to India, pick up four locals and bring them back to Australia to show them we weren’t so bad after all. Unfortunately we were proven wrong.

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  • ABC Viewer says:

    03:39pm | 12/07/12

    Geez Sofie lighten up already. He’s not written an academic treatise on power. Just because he doesn’t use flash lingo as you employ does not mean this is a shallow show. It is one guy’s take on the issue of how we’re perceived versus what might lie beneath. It’s clearly… Read more »

  • Sophie Molofi says:

    11:28am | 06/07/12

    Dumb, Drunk & Racist: Don’t bother. What a disgraceful, (re)orientalising homage to normative discourses of tolerance in multicultural Australia. Ghassan Hage suggests that such discourses operate around notions of white ‘Australian’ tolerance of all the ‘others’, enabling white power to remain the defining power within Australian society. Hildebrand, you have… Read more »


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