Jan 12, 2018

The Rocky Horror allegations seem strangely inconvenient for the arts fluff of The Advertiser

Coverage of Craig McLachlan's sexual misconduct allegations (or lack thereof) is highlighting the limits of rigour in Adelaide arts journalism.

Jane Howard

Freelance arts writer

On Monday, the day the allegations against Craig McLachlan were on the front page of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, The Advertiser published two pieces on the newly controversial production of The Rocky Horror Show: a story about a proposal on stage the night before, and a rave review of the production, first published online January 1.

It was an unfortunate coincidence, with The Advertiser’s staff being privy to the joint Fairfax/ABC reporting at the same time as everyone else, but the dual pieces highlight the preponderance of fluff The Advertiser is sure to publish when large musical theatre shows come to Adelaide.

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