Sunday, May 15, 2016

SBS Braces Itself For Backlash Regarding Asian Faces In Eurovision

Australia's Special Broadcasting Service, SBS, was established in 1975 to provide multilingual radio broadcasts to the Australian public, and later offered news and television programming from around the world. For decades, SBS expanded its channels and services to encompass the wide multicultural spectrum of Australian society, as well as transmitting a veritable plethora of niche world cinema, sports, and nudity-saturated Scandinavian porn to our screens.

A dedicated team of SBS journalists covering
the local Junior Tae-Kwon-Do semifinal

One staple of the SBS d├ęgustation diet has been The Eurovision Song Contest, an international singing tournament which has been broadcast by the channel every year since 1983. Often abbreviated to Eurovision, this event is an annual talent show allowing Slavic countries to commit passive-aggressive political powerplays via thinly-veiled downvoting of one another's glittery jumpsuits, hairspray, and strobelit yodelling performances.

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In 2016, Australia was inexplicably allowed to compete in the Eurovision contest for a second year, despite being about as geographically European as Argentina is. What's more, the key faces representing our country to the European audience and millions of viewers around the world, were entrant Dami Im and SBS newsreader, Lee Lin Chin.

Damn, Dami Im. Back at it again with the white gowns.

Lee Lin arranges her global conquests in order of decimation.

 As you may notice, neither Korean-born Dami Im nor Indonesian-born Lee Lin Chin generally represent what one would consider the 'traditional' Australian face. Ms Chin was already the recent subject of outcry regarding her nomination for a Gold Logie award along with presenter Waleed Aly, so further backlash for being the representative of Australia to a global audience is almost inevitably going to hit our newspaper articles and blogs tomorrow...

Indeed, as the 'traditional' face of our land, it seems amiss that our nation's Aboriginal people were not selected as representatives of Australian culture, music and messages to the international community. As SBS shamelessly floods our tvs and digital device screens with nonstop influences of Macedonian weather reports, Swedish nudist colony documentaries and 1971 Luge competition replays, then splashes Asian faces out as the embodiment of our culture, the real Australia is whittled away into a forgotten memory.

#HashtagTheRealAustralia

Indigenous comedienne Nakkiah Lui and Indigenous rapper Briggs, who have both publicly called out White Australians on several occasions for donning blackface at costume parties, are sure to let fly with the scathing critiques of SBS' choice of Eurovision Spokesperson and vocal performer within the next 24 hours.
 


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