Crikey lamented the rampant sexism still evident in Australia a few
weeks ago but there’s still some serious fire in the belly of some
members of the sisterhood if this column by Helen Razer on Saturday in The Age is any guide. Try these lines for size:

There are those things within the cultural milieu that are, in my view,
destructive, offensive or just plain vile. These might include, but are by no
means limited to, the novels of Ayn Rand, the radio broadcasts of Rex
and nearly everything that ever happened on The Footy

Have you ever WATCHED The Footy Show? If our national apprehension
of womanhood was informed or meaningfully influenced by this noxious hour of
Packer waste, then X chromosomes would be banned, everyone would be renamed
Eddie, Sam or Trev and those virtual ladies actually permitted to exist would be
mere silicone renderings of an imagined femininity with candy-floss hair and the
impossible, synthetic silhouette of Pamela Anderson.

There are those unduly influenced by texts such as Defence of The Muslim
and The Footy Show. Whether it’s the garish, covert sadism
of television or the explicit stupidity of a manual for murder, each text can,
mercifully, be forgotten. I deem all these articles, most particularly The Footy Show, to be
toxic. I am profoundly affected by what I perceive to be the gaping lack of
humanity that informs the core of their production. I fear that these artefacts
evince fear, hatred and an utter dearth of anything resembling acceptable

Wow, go for it Helen. Wonder if the lads will read that out on Thursday
night. Eddie McGuire did his presidential thing and helped negotiate
a settlement between the allegedly racist 3AW broadcaster Rex Hunt and
his indigenous Collingwood player Leon Davis last week after he was
called “a black dog.”

However, in explaining this settlement, McGuire was put on the spot
about Sam Newman’s own appalling conduct on The Footy Show by ABC Victoria’s Virginia

“There’s a lesson in this for all broadcasters,” said Eddie, who has
clearly moved on from the time 14 years ago when he joked to Triple M
listeners that the West Coast Eagles had a new sponsor, “Hungry Jacka
Jacka.” This was after Eagles indigenous player and hot head Chris
Lewis was suspended for biting Melbourne player Todd Viney, as you can
see here.

Maybe the gods aren’t smiling on sexist broadcasters at the moment. Eddie’s Sydney equivalent Paul Vautin came a cropper when he
was knocked unconscious during a Footy Show stunt a few weeks back. The
lad sounded seriously traumatised when he broke his silence in
Fairfax’s Sun-Herald yesterday.

Let’s hope the Packers look after their wounded star despite
disappointing ratings this year and the much-talked about spat with
Rebecca Wilson. Depression is a serious struggle and it all happened as a result of a work injury.

Peter Fray

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Peter Fray
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