Roberts and Burns took offence to a gay-skit aired on the Footy Show in May 2009, in which a fictitious brother of the Johns boys Matthew and Andrew, called ‘Elton Johns’ was portrayed as gay.
In what really is a sad reflection on the current times; people take offence at the most ridiculous things. And soon after, you can always expect legal threats to follow.
Just as the revival of the “Hey Hey it’s Saturday Show” was crucified as racist by minority groups for performing a skit with actors painting their faces black.
At a time when Sydney should be celebrating all things gay, as the mardi-gras approaches – Roberts and Burns are setting back the gay-movement by overreacting to a short satirical skit on a poorly rating TV show.
As a straight male, I should have taken my chance to complain and sue the makers of the show “Queer Eye for a Straight Guy” as several times the show ridiculed straight males for their shockingly bad dress sense, extremely poor personal hygiene and overall laughable straight personalities.
Come on guys, stop sooking and let’s get on with it.
It’s interesting to see other things in the media; especially television and radio that are allowed to air unchallenged in this country – yet a simple skit on the Footy Show attracts complainants ready to go legal.
For instance, take the RTA Campaign on Speeding that has been airing for a few years on NSW Television – watch the video below:
I wonder how long it would last if this commercial featured females driving fast, and then males who were watching on the side of the road referring to their breast size with hand movements?
I would expect only a matter of hours on air before switchboards were flooded and the advertisement pulled.
Now here’s another example; take this recent music video clip by leading American artists – JayZ, Rhianna and Kanye West called ‘Run this Town’ (see clip below)
What am I trying to say in all this?
Maybe that the scope of this Footy Show skit has been blown way out of proportion by Ian Roberts and Gary Burns. It was a small segment, totally satirical in nature that was not intended to discriminate against anyone.
What’s sad, is that only 12 months prior – Paul Vautin and the Footy Show were under the pump for accidentally referring to a Queensland bouncer as drunk when in-fact he was mentally handicapped.
Again, this was a case of people being way to sensitive and overreacting beyond belief. How was Vautin or anyone to know the bouncer was mentally handicapped? And I am sure, 99% of the people in the world for that matter would not have made a joke of things had they known this young Bouncer was mentally handicapped.
He genuinely seemed drunk to the naked eye – and no one is perfect.
It seems Reg Ragan was right all along, everyone needs to take a tea spoon and cement and harden up.
Oh but I forgot, Reg Ragan wasn’t politically correct – so he has been banned too.