Minister complains after Auntie puts the C in ABC
(Very) Coarse language used in ABC comedy draws objections from Mitch Fifield.
The ABC is under fire from the Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield after Tonightly with Tom Ballard showed a poster of an Australian Conservatives candidate with the wording “is a c**t.”
The joke from comedian Greg Larsen suggested the electorate of Batman be renamed “Batman is a c**t” due to founder John Batman’s links to the murder of Aboriginal people.
“We cannot shy away from the terrible things he did,” Larsen suggested.
Elaborating on his idea, to feigned objections from Ballard, Larsen showed mock posters of Greens candidate Alex Bhathal & Labor candidate Ged Kearney with the words “Batman is a c**t.”
But for Australian Conservatives candidate Kevin Bailey he noted, “This was an issue because there is no Batman anywhere on that poster, so I’ve had to put ‘Kevin Bailey was a c**t’,” Larsen said.
“Greg that is unacceptable; regardless of what you think of his politics that is completely beyond the ball!” Ballard replied.
Mitch Fifield said in a statement, “Candidates for elected office expect to be criticised and parodied. But this ABC segment clearly crossed a line, particularly given that it was directed towards an individual who has served his nation in uniform.
“Vitriolic abuse of this kind has no place on the national broadcaster and I will be asking the ABC to investigate. The ABC should also immediately offer an unreserved apology to Mr Bailey.”
Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi has also reportedly written to ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie to complain.
A spokesman for the ABC said: “The ABC will respond to the minister and Senator Bernardi in due course.”
Meanwhile Indigenous comedy Black Comedy has released a promo for its upcoming season, parodying a recent Sunrise segment.
Earlier this week, beloved Aboriginal man Uncle Stevie in a press conference referred to white people as white c**ts,” Nakkiah Lui says, with the swear word censored.
“This has sparked outrage in the white community, with many calling for the removal of his uncle status and a public apology.”
Aaron Fao’oso replies, “I know a lot of white people. Warm, kind white people. And I say this with a lot of love, but white people are c**ts.”