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Jay Laga’aia, twit?er

Hands up all of those out there who have ever watched some TV drama?

Hmm that would be most people on the planet I reckon. Well how many of you are annoyed by the terribly PC tendency to have what I call the “obligatory ethnic minority” casting  in so many shows. Look at any show made by or for SBS and you will see some of the most egregious examples of this practice. Heck if you only watched SBS you could be forgiven for thinking that the Australian population is entirely devoid of those of British descent, its not like the modern nation was created by the Poms or anything like that now is it?

  That said I was sadly amused by this story , another example of the foolishness of twitter:

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Talk about biting the hand that feeds you!

Jay has had a pretty good run over the last few years but the Aussie drama industry is rather small by world standards and frankly any actor who manages to get the number of long running gigs that Jay Laga’aia has over the last few years should count themselves very lucky indeed.He chose to be an actor which is always a very insecure profession and frankly its very bad form to whine about “limited opportunities” when his career is in a bit of a slump.

Anyway why should the Aussie industry have to make a continuing place for another  bloody Kiwi?

Cheers Comrades

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44 Comments

  1. Ray Dixon says:

    ” … if you only watched SBS you could be forgiven for thinking that the Australian population is entirely devoid of those of British decent, its not like the modern nation was created by the Poms or anything like that”

    That might have something to do with SBS’ whole reason for being, Iain:

    The stated purpose of SBS is “to provide multilingual and multicultural radio and television services that inform, educate and entertain all Australians and, in doing so, reflect Australia’s multicultural society”

    It wasn’t created for Poms, Iain.

    Anyway, I have no idea who Jay Laga’aia is but if he’s an ex- Home & Away ‘actor’ (and I do use that term loosely) then I have no interest in his protestations. And I have to agree that we owe nothing to our Kiwi neighbours. It’s the other way around, I would have thought. Ungrateful buggers.

  2. Lin M. Hall says:

    …of British decent decent Iain? WTF?

  3. Iain Hall says:

    Well spotted Lin that should have been descent 😦 and now it is 🙂

  4. Luzu says:

    Thanks for clearing that up, Ray. Obviously in your world, ‘British’ is not part of Australia’s multicultural makeup.

    As for Jay, what a twonk. Why is the racism card always pulled out when somebody is aggrieved? Send him to the naughty corner. (I think it’s in Playschool).

  5. Ray Dixon says:

    Obviously in your world, ‘British’ is not part of Australia’s multicultural makeup

    Have another read of the SBS purpose & function, Luzu – it’s aimed at those from more diverse cultures than Anglo-Saxon. Of course the Poms are part of our multi-cultural mix, but they don’t need the services offered by SBS.

  6. Iain Hall says:

    Well Ray I think that is a shortcoming of the SBS charter that mistakenly assumes that we Poms are precisely the same as Aussies.

  7. Ray Dixon says:

    No it’s not, Iain. And you can’t have it both ways – firstly you claim Aussie culture is of English descent, then you claim Poms are not like Aussies (precisely). Well, “precisely” they’re not the same. To start with they generally have pastier skins and lack sporting prowess. But that’s about where the differences end.

  8. Simon says:

    I grew up with Jay on the kiwi version of Play School. I’m sure they’ll take him back.

  9. Iain Hall says:

    Ray
    we English do have just as much of a distinctive culture as those who have the misfortune to be born in other parts of the world and as you point out they are not the same as Aussies either. SBS is very keen to represent every migrant group except the Poms and I think that this is wrong and gives its programming a rather unbalanced aspect that does not reflect the true migrant experience

  10. Iain Hall says:

    Oh yeah Simon I have seen my share of his appearances on play school too and frankly He is pretty good at that gig, likewise I think he was pretty good on shows like Water Rats but I just think that he is wrong to claim “racism” in the casting decisions

  11. Ray Dixon says:

    SBS is very keen to represent every migrant group except the Poms and I think that this is wrong

    Oh yeah, Iain, it’s about as “wrong” as providing learn to speak English classes for migrants whose first language is not English. Maybe the Poms should get those classes too? Well, come to think of it, the Welsh could do with a bit of help in that regard.

    And btw, what is this English ‘distinctive culture’ you speak of? Do you mean like: soccer hoolaginism, upper class twits and pork pies? That’s distinctly English.

  12. Ray Dixon says:

    SBS is very keen to represent every migrant group except the Poms and I think that this is wrong and gives its programming a rather unbalanced aspect that does not reflect the true migrant experience

    What would you have them do, Iain, show The Graham Norton Show & Midsdomer Murders? How about reruns of Fawlty Towers, Coronation Street and Some mothers do have ’em? You get all that (and more) on the ABC. It’s loaded with British TV shows. It’s a ‘Pommie Paradise’ on the ABC (don’t get me wrong, I reckon British shows are great and a lot better than Aussie trash), and you talk about balance?

    The fact is British migrants are very well catered for in Australia in regards to assimilation and being made to feel less alienated or homesick. Look, we even have soccer and fish & chip shops to make you feel more at home. There is simply no need to include them in the more foreign ethnicities catered to by SBS. That’s its charter, to assist those migrants not so familiar with Australian and other english-speaking nation’s ways. By your logic, SBS should also run New Zealand-based programs.

  13. GD says:

    Just a small point Ray. You seem to think it quite ok to slag off at Poms and Kiwis, but dare anyone slag off at Lebs, Muslims or reffos, and we are racist and bigoted. Seems to me, Poms and Kiwis have done a lot for this country. In fact, what they’ve done, along with other Christian migrants is precisely why this country is now attractive to those of the other faith, that one labelled the ‘Religion of Peace’.

    Once again, a leftist parades his hypocrisy in regard to race relations, by happily deciding that some people are ok to deride, but others are sacrosanct.

  14. Iain Hall says:

    Ray

    The fact is British migrants are very well catered for in Australia in regards to assimilation and being made to feel less alienated or homesick.

    That is not the point SBS has a very narrow and blinked view about what it means to be a migrant here and they , like you, assume that its different for a Pom than it is for any other migrant, when there is essentially no difference in the experience.

  15. Ray Dixon says:

    Iain, I don’t accept your claim that there is “no difference in the experience” of a British person relocating to Australia and the experience of someone from a country with a much different culture and who speaks a different language. British culture (if there is such a thing) is well ingrained into our society, as is their language. Your own experience back in the 60s may have been different and I accept that. But at the same time I reject that it would have been as hard for you as it was for, say, Giuseppe, from the next suburb.

    GD, the reason that Aussies in general have no problem with taking friendly digs at ‘Poms & Kiwis’, is that Australians have a long history of friendship and togetherness with people from those countries. Whereas the relationship with the newer breed of immigrants is not so well connected. It’s as simple as that. To call that “leftist hypocrisy” is ridiculous. You’ve got the wrong end of the stick, mate. Either that or you were up too late on the piss perhaps?

  16. Iain Hall says:

    Ray

    But at the same time I reject that it would have been as hard for you as it was for, say, Giuseppe, from the next suburb.

    Its not about suffering Ray the biggest factor that decided how well any migrant does is their own attitude to the new country. SBS does a good job of fostering a culture of complaint as far as I can see.

  17. Craigy says:

    No, definitely no British culture on SBS???……What?

    ‘Coast’…….

    http://www.sbs.com.au/sales/programs/view/id/292/t/Coast

    And……. ‘A History of Ancient Britain’…….on SBS…. What’s with that…..?

    http://www.sbs.com.au/schedule/SBSONE/2012-01-22/SBS%20Sydney

    I love it when Iain and others go the ‘we’re so hard done by, woe is me’ and re-enforce the stereotype of the whinging pom…..

    Ray, I’m sure that as a lefty, you won’t find these funny at all……I am turning myself in to the PC police just for posting them……. So I don’t get a knock at the door…..

    Q. How do u stop a Lebs baby from crying?
    A. Shush Kebab.

    Q. Why do Lebs wear thick gold chains?
    A. So they know where to stop shaving.

    Q. How many Lebs does it take to screw in a light bulb?
    A. 10… 1 to screw it in and the other 9 to say sick mate

    Q. What do you call a Leb on a bike?
    A. Ali Davidson

    Q. Why dont Lebs where underwear?
    A. Cause Nike don’t make them

  18. Craigy says:

    A couple more:

    An Australian woman and an English lady are travelling on a bus together.
    The Australian woman says “Who are you traveling with?”
    The English lady says “One should never end a sentence with a preposition”
    The Australian woman says “Who are you traveling with, bitch?”

    Q. How do you know when you have a jet plane full of English people?
    A. When they turn off the engine you can still hear the whining

    Bruce and Sheila
    Bruce is driving over the Sydney Harbour Bridge one day when he sees his girlfriend Sheila about to throw herself off.
    Bruce slams on the brakes and yells “Sheila, what the hell d’ya think yer doin?”
    Sheila turns around with a tear in her eye and says “G’day Bruce. Ya got me pregnant and so now I’m gonna kill myself.”
    Bruce gets a lump in his throat when he hears this.
    “Sheila” he says, “Not only are you a great root, but you’re a real sport too.”

    “There is a big conference of Catholic Bishops in Dallas. Well this is great for the city, it brings in about $12 million in hush money.” —David Letterman

    I know I’m going to Hell for posting one of these….just not sure which one?

    What’s the one that tickles your funny bone….if any of them do……am I doomed?

  19. Ray Dixon says:

    What’s the one that tickles your funny bone

    The one about the stuck up Pom, Craigy. But the Lebanese ones are good too.

  20. Ray Dixon says:

    the biggest factor that decided how well any migrant does is their own attitude to the new country

    And a country that gives them access to their own cultural backgrounds (like SBS does) helps them to improve that attitude. And please, Iain, I have NEVER heard an immigrant from countries other than England, complain about Australia not being to their liking as much as the Poms do. The ‘Giuseppes from the next suburb’ cerainly had the right attitude and made the most of it. Look at them now!

  21. Ray Dixon says:

    He’s down at the cop shop, Iain. Being charged with racial vilification.

  22. Luzu says:

    Craigy,
    To be honest, I didn’t ‘get’ some of those jokes.

    Ray,
    In this country, there is a very different attitude about what constitutes an ‘ethnic’. I’m not native to Australia but because I’m a white English speaker, I’m not classed as an ‘ethnic’, although provisions which are available to other migrants are denied me.

    Your continued abuse of Kiwis and Poms shows, your rather weak excuse notwithstanding, is that you don’t mind villifying some groups while others are definitely on your “Must Not Denigrate” list.
    Please don’t ever complain about others stereotyping again when you are quite willing to mock whole groups, even to the point that you made fun of the NZ man sucked through an airplane engine. Pretty low.

    On a very positive note, my family and I finally have Permanent Residency and qualify for citizenship in about 49 weeks’ time. So I will be able to vote in next year’s election. Hmm, should I vote for the Welsh Ranga or the Mad Monk? Decisions, decisions,,,

  23. Ray Dixon says:

    Luzu, what benefits have you been denied as an immigrant, English-speaking classes? What exactly are you complaining about? The only extra benefits that those “etnics” (as you put it) receive are to help them adjust to a western society and a new language. Sounds like your resentment is nothing more than a classic whinge. Are you a Pom?

    And I do not have a “must not denigrate list”. Nor have I vilified any groups of people. ‘Poms & Kiwis” and even “Wogs” are now acceptable terms. That’s because the English, New Zealanders, Italians & Greeks are very much assimilated in our society and are not disadvantaged groups. Ergo they’re not diminished by such references. As for the Kiwi sucked up by the engine … bloody funny!

  24. Craigy says:

    What’s not to get?? Anyway, thanks Luzu, you just reminded me, I didn’t include a Kiwi joke…..

    Here ’tis..

    Kiwi family arrives in Australia.
    Son’s first day at school and the father says
    “OK son what happened at school today”
    “I topped the class at Maths today”.
    “Well son that’s because your a New Zealander”

    Second day at school and the father says
    “what happened at school today”
    “I topped class in English”
    “Well son that’s because your a New Zealander”.

    Third day at school and the father says
    “What happened at school today”
    “We played mini Rugby and after the game we were in the shower’s and I noticed that I had a bigger wasser than all the other boys”

    “Is that because I am a New Zealander Dad”.

    “No son” the father relied “that’s because you’re 27”.

  25. Ray Dixon says:

    Careful, sounds like Luzu’s a Kiwi, Craigy.

  26. Ray Dixon says:

    Here’s one Luzu might ‘get’:

    What’s the capital of the USA?
    About minus 10 trillion dollars

    What’s the capital of Greece?
    About minus 50 trillion euros.

    What’s the capital of New Zealand?
    Wellington – and they all thank f*ck it’s not Christchurch.

  27. Damage says:

    Because “your” 27 ……………………………?

    Oh the irony.

  28. Luzu says:

    Ray,
    I don’t mind Kiwi jokes as I actually have a sense of humour that is rather politically incorrect.
    And a person being sucked through an engine is never funny.

    Iain, moderate this if you need to:

    A man goes into an adult shop and asks for a blow-up doll.
    The shop assistant asks him: Male or female?
    Female, please.
    Shop assistant: Black or white?
    I’d like white.
    Shop assistant: Christian or Muslim?
    Customer: It’s a blow-up doll. What does religion have to do with it?
    Shop assistant: Well, the Christian one has to be inflated but the Muslim one blows itself up.

    Damage,
    Yes, it is ironic.

  29. Ray Dixon says:

    And the Kiwi doll would be too well used.

  30. Luzu says:

    Ray,
    ????

  31. Iain Hall says:

    Actually Luzu this is the top selling Kiwi sex doll 😉

    Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
    Damage
    What Irony?

  32. Luzu says:

    Iain,
    Gotta love it.
    But, actually, I can’t remember hearing any jokes about Kiwis shagging sheep until I got to Australia. Projection much?

  33. damage says:

    A St Kilda supporter’s wife has never had an orgasm so they go to the doctors. After tests the doctor suggest that the St Kilda supporter’s wife may be over heating during sex.The St Kilda supporter refuses to buy a fan and decides to get his Carlton supporter mate round to waft a towel on them during sex. After 20 mins of wafting still no orgasm, so his friend suggest a swap. I’ll bonk her and you waft the towel. The St Kilda supporter agrees and within seconds the St Kilda supporter’s wife is screaming in pleasure and has the best orgasm ever. The St Kilda supporter turns to his friend slowly and say’s “and that my friend is how you waft a towel!”

  34. damage says:

    Iain
    The premis of Craigy’s joke is that the Kiwi is still at school at 27 and therefore not smart enough to graduate.
    But Craigy’s used the wrong “your”.
    My 2nd grade son gets that one right.
    I occasionally make the same blue, but CY does it often and he’s from university.

  35. Richard Ryan says:

    AS the Ram said to the sheep—–their will never be another ewe—–

  36. Ray Dixon says:

    I can’t remember hearing any jokes about Kiwis shagging sheep until I got to Australia

    Well, if you’re a Kiwi, Luzu, that’s understandable. They don’t talk about it over there – it’s a national secret. And shame. And if you’re from somewhere other than Australia & NZ, well, that’s also understandable. No one beyond this area even knows New Zealand exists.

  37. Simon says:

    I thought I’d share a favourite kiwi-skippy joke.

    A kiwi ‘cus is showing his aussie bro around the farm, pointing out various features his guest might not be aware of –
    “See that bro, that’s water. Not much water in Aussie eh?”
    “And that bro, that’s green grass. And not the kind you smoke.”

    They come across a poor little lamb who has got her head stuck in the fence.
    “Oh sweet bro, recreation.”
    The kiwi confidently walked up to the sheep, pulled down his pants, and buggered the livestock. The Aussie cousin was dumb-struck.
    After he was finished the kiwi cousin turned around –
    “Come on bro, your turn.”
    The Aussie struggled his shoulders, not so confidently walked up to the sheep, pulled down his pants

    and stuck his head in the fence.

  38. GD says:

    That’s the only joke on this thread that I’ll pay… well done, Simon… 🙂

  39. GD says:

    I’m bored with Kiwi jokes…

    So there’s this suicide bomber, and he’s missed the bus he was targeting. So he runs after the bus, banging on the driver’s window. He yells, ‘stop’, the bus driver looks through the window and shouts, why?’

    ‘Because it’s a matter of life or death!’

    Another suicide bomber walks into a library and asks for a book on ‘How To Commit Suicide’, the librarian looks at him and says, ‘I can’t lend you a book about that’. He says, ‘Why not?’

    ‘Because you won’t bring it back!’

  40. Iain Hall says:

    I understand that Damage and I’m just playing with you by fixing that very common error in Craigy’s comment, just as I do when I find similar mistakes and typos in your comments and anyone else’s for that matter.
    Your joke though is very funny as I’m sure even Ray will admit.

  41. craigy says:

    For what its worth Iain the joke was a cut and paste so the spelling was not checked. As usual the flying monkey is beclowned. Don’t waste your time with their immature attempts at stalking, I won’t.

  42. Ray Dixon says:

    The premis (sic) of Craigy’s joke is that the Kiwi is still at school at 27 and therefore not smart enough to graduate.
    But Craigy’s used the wrong “your”.

    Oh …. the irony.

  43. Iain Hall says:

    Oh I missed that one Ray, ironic indeed.

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