Tuesday, 14 August 2007

I had wanted to post about something else today but finding out about Today Tonight's feature on "Asians taking over Australia, oh what a bad thing" through the ABC's Media Watch, I just have a burning desire to change my post topic instead.

Firstly, I just can't believe how much some parts of Australia are still racist. And the worst thing is that they've got hold of the media, and a program that is watched by a substantial number of people.

Granted, Today Tonight is usually regarded as the tabloid version of current affairs shows and most of my peers don't even take it seriously. However, Today Tonight is also watched by a particular group of people that are, for lack of a better way to put it, more prone to being influenced by TV than others.

These are the bunch of people who will believe what Today Tonight says. And not only that, they will exhibit racist behaviour based on the show. After all, this isn't the first time such racist and sensationalised segments have been shown on the show.

And Australia prides itself on being multicultural?

Multiculturalism is the acceptance of ALL cultures, not just cultures that happen to fit into the Anglo-Saxon mould. Multiculturalism is not allowing shows like Today Tonight to continue to incite such racist thoughts.

Why can't we all just live happily together in harmony?

Media Watch's assessment of the Today Tonight segment here. (There is no way I'm going to link to that racist show.)


bilbo said...

TT is a redneck program. Admitted! I stopped watching it a while back when they paid old people to complain about aged care, but it was all a shame.

Having said that, there is a huge observable demographic change in many areas of Australia. Yesterday I went to Chatswood for the first time in about 10 years. I cannot believe how it has changed in that time.

Somewhere there needs to be allowable social commentary on the changing demographics of Australian cities without being seen as racist. I do not in any Asian countries I visit see such a visible expatriate community as I do in Sydney or Melbourne.

Still, I'm not watching TT.

Maya said...

"Why can't we all just live happily together in harmony?"

I have always wondered abt that. Why there can be so much hatred in some pp. I guess intolerance of other pp's differences is the main cause.

Even in multicultural SG there is racism. Tho it isn't as obvious.

bilbo said...

love this opinion piece in the Murdoch press today... http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,22299098-5007146,00.html

Melody said...

It's a good point and it's true, not all Aussies are racist. I'm dating one, so I sure hope he isn't!

It's the fact that there are TV shows out there that are blatantly racist that gets my goat. The fact that the media is inciting such disharmony.

Yes, comment on the changing demographics, but don't do it in a way that would incite resentment amongst others that the "Asians are diluting the Aussie culture".

Not all Asians don't know what pavlova is....

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