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 ABC: Madame Bumfluff—PC is “stifling conversations” at work!

09.10.19. ABC’s chair Madame Ita Bumfluff (irreverence on display) laments the loss of traits that made Australia unique, ‘larrikinism’ and ‘irreverence’ ‘taking the mickey’ and general sarcasm. Good god man, she should talk, being the head of the most PC, always offended, wowserly bastion of biased snowflakes and denial in the Southern hemisphere. Ms Bumfluff can’t see any trace of bias at the ABC and that’s where the death of those Aussie traits she so falsely laments about began and has bred to become an ugly monster—on the taxpayers’ trough—as she so handsomely suckles from!
Noted Australian ratbags, stirrers and comedians have questioned the lament by ABC chairwoman Ita Buttrose that larrikinism is dead in Australia, urging people to maintain their sense of irreverence in these censorious times. In a wide-ranging interview on ABC Breakfast on Tuesday, Ms Buttrose suggested political correctness was stifling conversations in the workplace. 

Source: Olivia Caisley and Remy Varga, News Corp

Larrikinism ‘is alive and well’, say ratbags, stirrers and comedians

“Our larrikins are pretty special,” she said. “We’ve sort of suppressed that side of our character. I think we need to bring back the larrikin element of Australia and be very proud of it, because it’s very unique to us.
“I think Australians are ­especially good-humoured people, and we like to josh each other in the workplace, and we should be able to do that without anyone being offended or sensitive about it. We’re far too sensitive.”
Her remarks were disputed by advertising and radio mogul John Singleton, who said: “We are alive and well, despite it all.”
He also noted that he had come under criticism from Ms Buttrose in her 2012 memoirs and wondered why she was championing larrikinism now.
“In Ita’s autobiography, she sticks a pin in me every night. Why? Because I put her on TV for Women’s Weekly? Made her ­famous?”
Two highly accomplished AFL larrikins, former Swans forward Warwick Capper and Brisbane Lions premiership star and Brownlow medallist Jason Akermanis, said they feared larrikinism was being pushed underground.
Akermanis believed the rise of political correctness would be seen in time as a passing phase and good-natured jokes and playful banter would again be regarded as normal. “Political correctness is just an oversensitive group,” he said. “It’ll run out off puff eventually … People will just move on.”
Capper, whose career post-football has included comedy shows, stripping and working as a roadside lollipop man, said he ­believed many Australians now only engaged in genuine larrikin chat among trusted friends. “When you’re onstage, you can’t say what you think because of political correctness,” he said. “People are very worried these days.”
Actress Magda Szubanski said what was hailed as larrikinism by some could be fairly seen as boorishness and bigotry by others.
She said the Australian larrikin spirit was going through a “period of transition” but she didn’t believe it would ever truly die.
“We’re in that space now where we’re renegotiating and reinvigorating comedy and while I don’t think we should be too precious about it, we do need to strike a balance between considering people and being cheeky,” she said. “But I do think the problem with larrikinism is some people use it as a trojan horse to be arseholes.”
Szubanski said Aussie humour was evolving with a changing culture. “When we started out, it was Benny Hill and Dick Emery with constant jokes about wives being in the kitchen and being overweight, but you’d never do those jokes now because they’re not funny and we’ve moved on.
“I think we’re readjusting to the new normal. Perhaps larrikinism had gone to ground for a while as people were conscious of changing rules, but you can’t continue to ­excuse abuse in comedy. It’s very important for comedy to be irreverent, and what will eventuate is larrikinism in a different form … we haven’t left our sense of ­humour behind.”
Businessman Gerry Harvey said larrikins were still held in high esteem but that there was a fine line between being a larrikin and a yobbo. He cited former Labor prime minister Bob Hawke as the embodimenit of Australian larrikinsm. “He was a yobbo 3 per cent of the time and a larrikin 97 per cent of the time and a great Australian all the time,” he said.

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  • Cliff 09/10/2019, 6:34 am

    I think Ita, after a couple of months holed up in Fortress Ultimo with the besieged ‘enlightened’, has developed a bad case of Stockholm Syndrome.

  • luk1955 09/10/2019, 7:00 am

    Isn’t she one of those boors from the left who have antipathy for any sense of humour by anyone anywhere? Of course. Who else would be on the Australian Board of Communism? Any place where islamic jihadis work is under a veil of heavy handed multiculturalism where the jihadis have free speech, but the rest of the workforce has no free speech. Mr. Harvey’s comments are about something other than the topic of this article.

  • wal1957 09/10/2019, 8:31 am

    “Szubanski said Aussie humour was evolving with a changing culture. “When we started out, it was Benny Hill and Dick Emery with constant jokes about wives being in the kitchen and being overweight, but you’d never do those jokes now because they’re not funny and we’ve moved on.”

    Those in the PC brigade have moved on. Not me.
    YouTube provides access to a treasure trove of Non-PC.
    Szubanski and her ilk are killing off comedy.

    • Austin Ayforti 09/10/2019, 9:27 am

      My thought exactly Wal. Szubawatsit hasn’t been in the least bit funny for many many years, since Fast Forward. Genuine Australian comedy.

  • Lorraine 09/10/2019, 8:52 am

    climate change and the boors for it , the public has lost any sense of fun as they sit in traffic , held up once again . I once admire Szubanski and laughed at her ,that was years back and have not seen a funny joke from her since she decided that lesbian equality was more important than her job as a comic. As for Ita most of the herd knew the old cow would never get it done, and the herd was right.

  • Maryanne 09/10/2019, 9:08 am

    No comedy hasn’t “moved on”. It’s being killed off. A series like the one about Mr Gormsby couldn’t be made today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxhIL4RqaDA

  • Penguinite 09/10/2019, 9:46 am

    Kerry Packer will be vibrating with laughter to hear his protege spout these words. KP was a bigot and reveled in it! KP will be sitting on her shoulder like Pinocchio’s conscience saying “sack the bastards” .

  • Aktosplatz 09/10/2019, 8:24 pm

    I frankly don’t care what Ita Buttrose or any at the ABC say.

    Their main problem is not humour at all ( there isn’t any) but it is the lack of Impartial Truth in their news items and Current Affairs reporting.

    And for that reason I don’t care who runs it, it will never change until they are called to account for not following their Charter.

    Which means we need Government leaders who have the courage to take them down unless they start to comply.

    That’s the real problem.

  • Ex ADF 10/10/2019, 1:22 am

    Buttrose should butt out! She is well past her relevance use by date. Why do we encourage these wealthy old biddys to speak out? Similar to that other old boiler who was in charge of Tim Souppotsammys mob. Give them jobs on Jetstar as cabin crew!

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