Hey Hey it’s Ageism

15 04 2010

Many of last nights negative responses seemed to be about how old Daryl and the rest of the cast were, and to me, this seems like hypocrisy. Apparently to many, the Blackface skit (performed by a group of Indians) was intolerable, yet it’s apparently fine to make a laughing stock of people over forty?.





4 responses

15 04 2010
Cherry Pizza

I actually don’t think it’s hypocrisy. The criticism of the black-face act was criticised for being dated humour that would be considered unacceptable in the 21st century. The ‘old’ criticisms were (as far as I can tell) about the humour being dated, past its prime and, again really not the sort of thing that passes for humour in 2010.

As for the ages of the performers, I would say that, even though people may simplify their criticisms and put them down to age, it was much more the fact that the cast (except John Blackman) had little energy or enthusiasm and were just doing their old routines in uninspired ways. Paul McDermott and Shaun Micallef are both over 40, and both have enough of a following to be nominated for this year’s Gold Logie.

15 04 2010
Wolfie Rankin

Yes I must admit that the energy was not there… but then Hey Hey always fluctuated, sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t.
I like Good News Week a lot, But Paul has been doing that same tired Dead Princess Diana joke in almost every program.

15 04 2010
Cherry Pizza

I went through a phase when I was in the studio audience for every episode of GNW, and I admit that the obsession levels of some of the other regular audience members was a large reason for me stopping. But yeah, Paul’s insistence on doing the same gags a million times, and people on the show constantly fighting to out-do each other’s one-liners also helped me turn my back on it.

Now I know that people can either love or hate Shaun Micallef, but I guess what sets him apart is that his act is based on being quirky and having a character… rather than just doing a string of jokes.

15 04 2010
Wolfie Rankin

I really like comedy, even if it’s bad, tired or whatnot… quite happy to watch an old UK comedy show or MASH. I think there’s a lot of people being way too serious on TV (cop shows) and when you’re tired in the evenings, who needs it? (Well I don’t anyway).

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