I, like so many others, was disappointed that The Chaser will no longer be able to provide their commentary of the royal wedding on ABC2. The royal family apparently intervened. It’s a shame.
The blogosphere’s narrative about this turn of events is utterly ridiculous. AnonymousLefty, for example, wrote:
The ABC is supposed to be an independent public broadcaster. So is the BBC. And yet the royall (sic) family – our royal family, still – can apparently exert so much pressure over the two public broadcasters that they will cancel a program that might satirise a public event [Source]
This is probably the more eloquent of the rage yet it still falls into the tired entitlement complex of those with an internet connexion: how dare anybody tell me that I’m not allowed to get what I want?!interrobang?! I have a blog!
Sure, it sucks that The Chaser won’t be able to screen their commentary but, at the same time, it should be remembered that this is somebody’s wedding. A family ought to have the right to determine the extent to which their privacy is invaded, even if it’s a ‘public’ family like the Windsors.
The requests aren’t even that unreasonable. Australian Parliament House provides live broadcasts of parliamentary events, and even they stipulate that the material broadcasted is not to be used for ‘satire and ridicule’. These are our politicians who are allowed to put limits on broadcasts, and yet we get uppity and outraged when limits are put on broadcasts of a wedding. Seriously?
The absurd posturing that a public broadcaster (or the media in general) should be permitted (if not obliged) to invade a family’s life for our shits and giggles is adolescent at best. It’s not ‘craven caving’ to respect the wishes of people generous enough to allow the event to be broadcast at all. Grow up.