As if all the brouhaha in the lead-up to the Royal Gen Next Wedding wasn’t enough, the monarchy had to go and put the kibosh on what many were looking forward to the most — the live commentary planned by The Chaser. When news first broke of ‘#Chasergate’, the ether went into overdrive.
Twitter was abuzz with outcries.
A similar ban was also apparently in place on the use of social media during the Logies, off the back of Wil Anderson’s delightfully inappropriate tweets. Sure, he may have gone too far. But people have the option not to follow — the same as we’re all capable of switching the telly off if we find something offensive. But no, we’d rather be offended and complain.
What happened to freedom of speech?
If pernicious hate groups like the Westboro Baptist Church can picket the funerals of gay soldiers based on the assertion this is part of their right to free speech, why can’t we can’t take the piss with the royal wedding or the Logies?
While I was able to forget that the bill for the royal wedding was coming from the public purse, I actually found myself enjoying some of it. Which I’ll deny, of course.
But the Logies? Really? It’s one of the most tedious things on TV. Tuning into the Twittersphere was the only reason to watch. ‘Internet personalities’, ‘cyber experts’ and professional assholes converged to sprinkle their sardonic wit over Australian TV’s night of nights. Josh Thomas tweeted anyway.
Observational humour feeds social media. Yes, power on your smartphone or laptop, smiling and nodding. “It’s funny ’cos it’s true,” we ooze in admiration of the schmick observational banter. I’ve realised why I love Twitter. I’m a smart ass. I can finally put my acid tongue to good use, and be recognised for my sarcasm.
The nanny brigade needs to relax. We lost Big Brother on account of the self-appointed gatekeepers of our great unspoken moral code.
The Australian Christian Lobby and Family First loonies throw popcorn at the screen from the sidelines.
If the internet filter is ever installed, we can pretty much say goodbye to the worldwide web as we know it. No more porn, no more dating sites, no more anything, really.
I think I’ll go throw rocks at metal.
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