Dumb, Drunk and Racist

NOTE – APPARENTLY ONLY VIEWABLE FROM WITHIN AUSTRALIA, WILL LOOK INTO OTHER OPTIONS FOR OVERSEAS VIEWERS. IN THE MEANTIME, YOU MAY WANT TO DOWNLOAD THE EPISODES AS A TORRENT FILE FROM SOMEWHERE.


Whether we like it or not, Australia has an image problem overseas. But there’s one country that seems to have a poorer view of Australians than any other – India. Journalist Joe Hildebrand sets out on a pilgrimage to Delhi and beyond to examine this anti-Australian sentiment.

While in India Joe meets the four locals who will join him on a road trip across Australia. As a newsreader and journalist for a Hindi network, Gurmeet Chaudhary was shocked by the negative stories appearing regularly in the Indian media. Call centre worker Mahima Bhardwaj takes Joe through the unpleasant encounters she’s had with Aussies over the phone. Amer Singh is a third year law student in Chandigargh who decided it was safer to stay in India to study. Radhika Budhwar advises Indian students where they should study overseas; she hasn’t recommended Australia for the last five years. All agree to risk life and limb to visit our reviled and dangerous country.

This series is being broadcast every week by Australia’s ABC network. Four Indians are on a “racism tour” around Australia. It gives you a clear insight into the serious problem of racism in this country, and an explanation for why so many Grindr users are so blatantly anti-Asian here, and so happy to defend their racism.

I encourage all people, both Australian and otherwise, to watch these episodes (30 minutes each).

I have created a new page (in my blog’s menu) with links to each episode.

http://www.abc.net.au/tv/dumbdrunkracist/


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