Catherine Deveny seems to have hit a nerve. She made a remark about a child star over twitter — “I do so hope Bindi Irwin gets laid” — which triggered the “Think of the children!” reflex and got her fired from her job writing for the Melbourne Age newspaper.
This subject might be a bit contentious, since people are already wrangling over it in the endless thread. I’m going to have to side with the people who say it was out of line, it was incredibly rude, and…it’s exactly what a comedian should be doing, pushing the boundaries and making people uncomfortable. I felt a bit torn when I read it, too, but this was at an awards show, where women (and in this case, a girl) are tarted up and expected to parade about in fancy fashion in a role that the men are not. It was a very edgy remark since it made the sexualization of an 11 year old blatant, but that was the point!
And it got Deveny fired. I guess The Age wanted a bland, safe, unchallenging comedian.
I am wondering, though, how a comedian can be fired, but Cardinal Pell gets to keep his job. If Australians were so concerned about Protecting The Children, shouldn’t the old idjit been kicked out of the country long ago? Maybe it’s because he wasn’t even trying to be funny.
Anyway, there’s a poll. I don’t expect it to get pharyngulated in the usual way, since the godless vote will be split.
Yes, she picked on a little girl
No, that’s her style of humour