SBS tells ACA ‘Houso’s’ is a joke, mate.
Updated: A Current Affair brands Paul Fenech's new series an "outrageous" reality show -but SBS says it's a parody with paid actors.
A story about an upcoming SBS series set to air in tonight’s A Current Affair has been defended by the public broadcaster.
ACA tonight has a promo for Houso’s which it brands as “Housing Commission uncensored… the outrageous TV show targetting Australia’s poorest residents -and it’s funded by the government.”
It includes footage from Houso’s which appears to show brawling Housing Commission residents and police arrests.
The ACA website also calls it a Reality TV show.
But Houso’s is a comedy series from Paul Fenech (Pizza, Swift & Shift Couriers).
A statement from SBS says Paul Fenech is known for his provocative and irreverent style”
“Houso’s is not a reality series and everyone participating in the series is an actor,” it noted.
“Audiences have always understood Paul’s work to be highly exaggerated parody.
“The program, as with Pizza, is not receiving direct funding through any State or Federal Government funding agency and is being funded by SBS through revenue raised by commercial activities.”
Fenech’s knockabout comedy style regularly takes aim at most social stereotypes, usually with equal firepower. However he has landed in trouble before, most notably during the first season of Swift & Shift Couriers when SBS dropped an episode after the family of Jake Kovco expressed concerns over a parody storyline.
The second season has been withheld by SBS after concerns the storyline with an Indian courier company would not sit well following headlines involving Indian students in Melbourne. Significantly, the series was shot before they arose.
But ACA‘s questioning of the morality of the series is another concern of the media making judgements before the audience has had a chance to respond.
SBS Programmer Jane Roscoe recently told TV Tonight, the show would be unashamedly Fenech in its humour.
“It’s on a housing estate and has all the dodgy business that goes on. I can’t say too much but it’s Paul Fenech so it will be mad, crazy, and probably offend many people,” she said.
ACA Producer Grant Williams tells TV Tonight that the use of the word “Reality” on its website was a NineMSN error and is not reflected in the story.
An airdate for Houso’s is yet to be announced.
Housos: sneak peek (warning extreme Language, Adult Themes).