||[Jan. 26th, 2006|01:26 am]
Tonight I witnessed what I think was possibly the worst piece of television I have ever seen. Standing in the cafe at work tonight, I watched "Australia Day LIve", which was not even held on Australia Day. Not only did they bring together Australia's most dodgy nobody musical acts, but they jam packed it full of a bunch of really bad Australian cliches, like meat pies and zinc and stubbies and cricket. It was a complete embarrassment, and I actually feel humiliated for the sake of any foreigners who watched it and think that Australians actually take ourselves seriously like that. I don't really know how to express this, but it's like when someone acknowledges certain aspect of their personality and it just takes it away from them. If someone walks around saying that they are nice, or that they are particularly cool, you don't really believe it, because if they were really cool they wouldn't even know it. If that makes sense. And that was what they were doing with Aussie culture. The more you acknowledge (in a channel 10 kind of over the top way) that this is what makes us Aussie, then the less it actually does, and the more put on it seems. Anyway...
Aside from the obvious hosts, Andrew G and Gretel Killeen, it still felt like a cross between Australian Idol (except they couldn't even get the bigger name idols like Guy Sebastion or Shannon Noll to come on), and Big Brother's Friday night games. I swear, only on channel 10...
(although, given the resources, I'm sure Triple M could give them a run for their money!)