ABC apologises over Bluey dialogue
ABC acts on 2 episodes after a complaint over a term with racial connotations for Indigenous Australians.
The ABC issued an apology over dialogue in Bluey it has reconsidered, following a viewer complaint over a term with racial connotations for Indigenous Australians.
Two episodes were removed from viewing: Flat Pack and Teasing for using the term “ooga booga.”
“The ABC sincerely apologised to the complainant for any distress caused by the term used in the episode titled Teasing. The ABC has a strong record for giving voice to Indigenous Australians and an ongoing commitment to helping reduce discrimination and prejudice and in this case, the language used was inadvertent,” the apology read.
“The complainant was advised that neither the ABC nor the external producers were aware of the potentially derogatory meaning of the term, which was intended only as irreverent rhyming slang often made up by children. The episode was removed from iview as soon as ABC KIDS became aware of the complaint and the ABC undertook to change the dialogue prior to future broadcast or publication.”
Two episodes have been reworked. Flat Pack has since returned and available to view, while Teasing will return early next month.
According to news.com.au the term in question can refer to depicting black indigenous people as ‘uncivilised fools.’
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