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Last updated on July 16th, 2017 at 09:31 am
A letter in the Melbourne Age:
The hysteria being whipped up over the The Chaser’s satirical song is highly amusing for the light it sheds on Australian values. When Muslims reacted indignantly to Danish cartoons that mocked Muhammad, they were ridiculed and chastised. They were told that freedom of speech was a core value in Western democracies and their failure to appreciate this showed that they were not adapted to Western society.
The Chaser, however, has mocked sacred Australian symbols: a racing car driver, cricket player, talkback radio host and rich newspaper proprietor. Such a reaction shows how flimsy is the commitment of some Australians to freedom of speech.
Colin Sheppard, Essendon
None of The Chaser guys are under police protection. None have been charged or thrown in prison. And, while we’re talking about the flimsy commitment of some Australians to free speech, it might be worth noting that the ABC broadcast The Chaser’s little song – but banned itself from running those Mohammmed cartoons.
(Via Dan Lewis)