I’ve really enjoyed Angie Kent’s appearances on Television, particularly in Gogglebox, but I find myself confused over comments made on social media this week.
To set the scene…
Goggleboxers this week watched Dancing with the Stars, in which Angie happened to be eliminated from the show.
It was Di who said, “(She was on) Gogglebox, then went to the jungle, then she became The Bachelorette, and now she’s a dancing star… spare me.”
She added, “She’s no dancer, that’s for sure” before saying a Judge who scored 7 must be “blind.”
But Angie took to Twitter thereafter.
What confuses me most is that Gogglebox is known for its blunt comments from the couch. That’s something Angie & Yvie did brilliantly during their time on the show…. including referring to Dave Hughes’ looks or tweeting that Justin Lacko was #clearlygay. And that’s just for starters….
But both became much loved for telling it like it is, which is all I feel Di has done in her own way here.
The second thing that confuses me is that Di’s comments are robust, sure… but do they constitute bullying?
Bullying is what goes on in schoolyards and workplaces cross Australia. It’s very real to those on the receiving end (which is not to say Angie wouldn’t have had her share online).
She mentions it’s the third time the show has been critical. But it’s not all critical. It’s been a range of positive / negative commentary from the couch, and producers will always include the most caustic stuff.
Perhaps something is lost in translation, and hopefully at some point we can sit down and talk it over.
As I see it, if you’re working in Entertainment you’re pretty much fair game for Gogglebox. That’s the show.
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ps. really wanted an Angie & Yvie review of Pooch Perfect!