Racism, insults, scheduling…if it’s Sunday it must be outrage night…
Seven and TEN come under fire from viewers on social media and the TV year hasn't even begun.
Memo to TV networks everywhere… we have one week to go and already viewers are not happy: Racism on My Kitchen Rules, scheduling complaints over Big Bash, and Anthony Mundine sitting down for the national anthem on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.
Last night MKR descended into insults across the table between Victorian friends Roula & Rachael and NSW sisters Jess & Emma.
What began as a blunt assessment of Roula & Rachael’s earlier instant restaurant led to a heated discussion and various insults including “cow / plastic / fat / fake / ugly / bitch” with some leaving the table and other contestants saying rivalry had gone too far.
But before Vietnamese mums Kim & Suong cooked in their Secret Lantern instant restaurant, contestant Jess said, “We’re definitely hoping there’s no domestic pets on the menu tonight”. It was a race to the bottom.
Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane tweeted, “Disappointing to see a racist joke on prime time TV – this stuff is not acceptable. Let’s not give racism any encouragement or licence.”
On social media viewers said the comment should never have made the final edit.
— Tim Soutphommasane (@timsout) February 4, 2018
— 👸🚗Andrea Matthews 🚗👸 (@andreamatthews) February 4, 2018
As disgusting as domestic pets comment was, I'm even more disgusted that the editing/production team allowed this to go to air. It is racist filth and blatant viewer baiting. What is wrong with you #MKR ?I feel the need to apologise to Kim and Suong on behalf of disgusted viewers
— Azzie (@azziegogo) February 4, 2018
You know what? Watching really racist, mean women fight amongst themselves is nowhere near as entertaining as I thought it would be #mkr
— Nakkiah Lui (@nakkiahlui) February 4, 2018
— Carly and Tresne (@CarlyandTresne) February 4, 2018
But MKR was not alone in copping viewer anger last night.
Everywhere other than Perth, TEN viewers were told to watch the Adelaide Strikers trophy presentation on ONE so that I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here could bring Danny Green into the jungle. That led to more social media complaints that a major sport event was being shafted for Reality TV nonsense.
Meanwhile some viewers were divided over Anthony Mundine sitting during Shannon Noll’s singing of the National Anthem in a mock boxing ring challenge with Danny Green. Mundine expressed concern over its history with Indigenous Australians, which drew some support from his castmates, whilst some viewers felt producers had set him up, knowing his views already.
As summer viewing begins its final week, Sport has proven to be the biggest drawcard but also a lightning rod for viewer backlash.
Australian Open viewers let rip at Seven for too many ads whilst they missed play, whilst Davis Cup viewers on Saturday were told to switch to a multichannel when the News began, only to discover another programme screening for some 15 minutes.