Shame on show
Deb Hunt is spot on in her assessment of Get Krack!n. It is crude, rude and very nasty. Chronic illness and serious disability should never be fair game for satirists(?) seeking a place to use their meagre talent. Would that writers, producers and alleged actors be condemned to live a few hours in the skin of a chronically ill or seriously disabled person. It may well change their perspective on such conditions. Shame.
Margaret Lay, Bulleen
«Bright and Bland is the New Normal» (Hindsight, 21/2) could also have read «Bright, Bland and Right-wing» to describe some ABC programs. The finance segment of Saturday Mornings on 774 have become the financial entitlement program. Two weeks running we have been told it is desirable to retain franking credits for non-taxpayers with no balance of facts on budget effects.
Jenni King, Camberwell
Angry white male
Jordan Peterson’s performance on Q&A was that of an angry white male claiming that his freedom of speech is under attack, and has a national lecture tour to prove it.
Henry Herzog, East St Kilda
Montage too late
After the evening news bulletin last Sunday evening, the ABC broadcast a quite moving montage of both Indigenous and non-indigenous faces, to the tune of I Am Australian, for the purpose of encouraging citizens to continue to tune into the station for genuinely Australian stories. My question is: why did the national broadcaster not show this a month ago, during the annual protests over Australia Day celebrations? The promo could have offered a necessary social salve with its simple message of inclusiveness and shared humanity?
Peter Waterhouse, Craigieburn
Welcome beat of The Drum
As the date of a federal election draws near it is vital for the voting public to have access to the widest possible range of relevant topics, facts and opinions across a broadest possible spectrum. It is most welcome that the ABC has seen fit to expand The Drum to a full hour of important discussion and analysis.
Roger Hehir, Albert Park
Cricket must lift game
I am appalled at the quality of the commentary on women’s cricket driven by mainly former male cricketers. The overall tenor is focused on diminishing the onfield actions while recounting egocentric male cricket tales. The female commentators generally play second fiddle and fall into line with their male counterparts apart from when they can comment directly about techniques and skills displayed. Please lift your game.
Cheri Lee, East Brunswick
Ms Fisher out of time
The new Ms Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries was not in the same league as the original. The plot was simple and could have been handled by Miss Fisher in one of her 60-minute episodes. Period mistakes were quite evident, including the French «doo da» police siren in the background, American single phone rings, and skirts way too short for the time; the mini skirt wasn’t popularised in Australia until 1965 by Jean Shrimpton, and then, only about two inches above the knee.
John Wallis, Bayswater North
Bored by Breakfast
As an enthusiastic viewer of ABC News Breakfast who’s interested in sport I’m bored senseless by the repetitive coverage of obscure sports played in empty stadiums. Weather reports are similarly overblown. In contrast, the regular and occasional guests discussing news and current affairs in Australian and US politics, music, film releases, business and the like are extraordinary.
Paul Kavanagh, Toorak