News on Toast: Circle jerks Yumi & George offend the nation
Outrage as ‘The Circle’ hosts attack a war hero on air, a new plan for kids to leave school earlier and Apple branches out with the iPad3: The morning’s hot topics in bite-sized pieces just right for dunking.
Circle jerks Yumi and George commit career suicide
So, who’s going to see Yumi Stynes’ and George Negus’ new show at the Mebourne Comedy Festival this year? It’s called “How to piss off an entire nation in 30 seconds” – they gave it a trial run yesterday on their Channel 10 talk show, The Circle, to rather mixed reviews.
If you didn’t see it, you’ve probably heard about it by now: The duo have faced an intense public backlash after they made offensive on-air remarks about Victoria Cross winner Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith, labelling him stupid and “a dud root” for reasons that escape pretty much everyone.
In response to a photograph of the muscle-bound war hero in a swimming pool, Stynes said: “He’s going to dive down to the bottom of the pool to see if his brain is there.”
“I’m sure he’s a really good bloke… but that sort of bloke, you wonder if they’re not up to it in the sack,” Negus later quipped, prompting Stynes to ask: “Are you saying he could be a dud root?”
Negus also made a facile joke labelling Cpl Roberts-Smith a bloodthirsty murderer, suggesting he could pick up women with the line: “By the way, I kill people for a living.”
As anyone with half a working neuron in their brain could have predicted, the backlash was massive and instantaneous, with talkback radio and The Circle‘s own Facebook page flooded with angry comments.
Stynes and Negus have since apologised, saying the comments were meant to be “tongue-in-cheek” jokes. Jokes based on the HILARIOUS stereotype of good looking men being stupid and bad in bed. HA HA HA, RIGHT?
I’m not part of the “SACK THEM!” brigade that always seems to spring up in the wake of these sorts of media indiscretions, as it’s fairly obvious neither Stynes nor Negus was being malicious, just terribly misguided. God knows why they thought it would be funny to joke about Australia’s most decorated digger. They deserve every bit of flak they get.
I do find it interesting, however, that much of the vitriole over this has been directed at Stynes rather than Negus, a veteran journo of more than 30 years who, frankly, should have known better. Why is that, do you think?
>> A dumb joke or a sackable offence – what’s your view?
Aussie schools to join Euro timezone
Thanks to those pretentious tourism ads in which pretty people eat cheese and drink wine while prancing about in fields and chasing big balls of wool down trendy looking alleyways, we’re all aware that Victoria likes to think it’s actually France. Now it seems New South Wales is also getting in on the act with a controversial new plan to take on “European” school hours.
The Daily Telegraph reports one NSW primary school is considering altering the traditional 9am to 3pm school day to start an hour earlier and finish at 1.15pm, saying the earlier times “make better use of children’s brain function”.
If it did so, it would be a first for the state’s government primary schools and could set a precedent for the rest of the nation. A poll on the DT website shows more than 62 per cent of readers are against the idea, and I think I can understand why.
Not having children myself I can’t say this with any sort of authority, but I would have thought it might be quite nice to be able to bundle one’s kids off for an entire day while you get on with say, your own life. Am I wrong? Having to pick them up at lunchtime and entertain them for the rest of the afternoon, not to mention try and fit that in around a normal working day, sounds like it might be somewhat tricky.
In any case, I seem to remember it being 8.30am to 3.30pm when I was at school – what’s this 9am to 3pm business? We’ve already lost an hour somewhere, and now they want to kick them out even earlier?
Clearly there’s a bunch of teachers behind this, rubbing their hands with glee and counting up all the extra hours of free time they’ll have.
>> Do you like the idea of European school hours? What would you do with your kids if they got out of school at 1.15pm?
Apple announces another piece of plastic that does stuff, everyone faints from excitement
If you heard a strange WHOOSHing noise at around lunchtime yesterday, don’t be alarmed – it was just the sound of millions of techno geeks collectively gasping in shock as Apple announced the launch of the iPad 3.
Well, OK, they didn’t ACTUALLY announce the launch. They did what Apple always does, which is to announce “an event”, which the media then dissects for days until all possible outcomes have been extrapolated and everyone is thoroughly bored of the whole thing.
Common consensus is that the “invitation only event” to be held in San Francisco on March 7 will be to announce the company’s much anticipated iPad 3 (because the iPad 2 came out a whole 12 months ago, so we’re all, like, SO totally bored with it already).
As wonderful as I’m sure it will be for the world to spend millions of dollars on yet another piece of plastic that does stuff that’s only marginally different from the last piece of plastic that does stuff, I’m loathe to write anything nice about Apple in the wake of recent revelations that:
- They employ children via their largest supplier, Chinese manufacturer Foxconn;
- Foxconn’s workers often suffer debilitating injuries from spending up to 70 hours a week assembling iProducts, sometimes unable to sit down, for a pay of just $22 a day; and
- Foxconn workers are suiciding with such regularity, the company has erected nets outside windows to stop people jumping to their deaths.
Pip wrote a piece about all of this here.
Personally, I find it hard to get excited about a new piece of tech when I know that thousands have suffered, genuinely suffered, just to get it into my hands.
>> Are you an iFan? Do the stories about Apple’s treatment of Chinese workers make you think twice about buying their products?
And that’s today’s News on Toast – don’t forget to rinse your plate now! Those crumbs are really hard to wash off once they’ve dried. Got something to say? Share it in the comments and I’ll respond.