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Perth’s Melinda Buttle fears for Australian youth in the wake of a national tragedy:

Like many other Australian taxpayers, I am outraged by the decision to pull the The Glass House from the ABC. I am a fan of the show, and believe this decision is a mistake. Corinne, Dave and Wil are able to communicate to the youth of Australia and discuss news topics and social issues in a way that is interesting and relevant. With youth disassociation, unemployment and suicide at alarmingly high levels, I cannot believe the ABC has cancelled a program that is so popular and valuable to the youth of Australia.

(Via Dan Lewis)

Posted by Tim B. on 11/04/2006 at 02:14 AM
    1. If I want comedy involving politicans and obvious observations Ill go to the pub and chat to a few blokes there.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2006 11 04 at 02:21 AM • permalink


    1. It would seem as if the only ideological stacking going on in the ABC is from the Right.

      Posted by kilo on 2006 11 04 at 02:22 AM • permalink


    1. When I was growing up we had comedy, and I didn’t commit suicide and I got a job. We had things like Aunty Jack, The Naked Vicar Show, Australia You’re Standing In It and D-Generation. I quite often laughed when I watched those shows. And I got on with my life. What is wrong with today’s youth that they need to be spoonfed their politics and other beliefs by the ABC? And what does the Glasshouse provide that the 2 more popular shows on before it don’t?

      Middle class guilt? Just watch the New Inventors, and bet on the “Green” invention walking away with the title every week. Anti-Government jabs? Try Spicks and Specks: usually apolitical, but a show featuring aging hippies, rockstars and other entertainers isn’t always going to manage a half-hour without some implicit or outright criticism of the Howard Govt, or George Bush.

      Posted by AlburyShifton on 2006 11 04 at 02:42 AM • permalink


    1. #3 to say nothing of that dreary enviro-doom travelogue Two men in a tinny, with Tim Flannery and pompous ass Brian Doyle messing about in boats (where’s a Navy Seal when you need one?).  Still, that show was worth it for one precious moment, when Tim and Brian were reading a sign, and Doyle managed to make a cretinous misreading of it, which Tim gently corrected.  Any normal person, or a professional ‘funnyman’ for that matter, would have made a joke of the error and laughed it off.  Not Doyle, whose face went very dark indeed.  Full marks to the editor who left that moment in.

      Posted by cuckoo on 2006 11 04 at 02:49 AM • permalink


    1. #4 Great example. Talk about ideological stacking at the ABC: well known Tim Blair hater, Tim Flannery gets his own show!

      Posted by AlburyShifton on 2006 11 04 at 02:59 AM • permalink


    1. I very much doubt any young person is going to kill themselves because the Shit House was axed. Most of us tend to not stay home and watch television on Friday nights.

      Posted by Ian Deans on 2006 11 04 at 03:09 AM • permalink


    1. Hm – I meant to write the Glass House, but this works too.

      Posted by Ian Deans on 2006 11 04 at 03:10 AM • permalink


    1. Most of us tend to not stay home and watch television on Friday nights.

      Or Wednesday nights, either, it would seem…

      Posted by AlburyShifton on 2006 11 04 at 03:17 AM • permalink


    1. The Glass House was not just exceptionally good comedy, it was art. And Melinda should know:

      Melinda Buttle
      Project Assistant, Indigenous Arts
      Arts Grants Funding Program,
      Development and Strategy Directorate
      Lvl 7 Law Chambers,573 Hay Street,Perth,WA 6000

      Posted by Whale Spinor on 2006 11 04 at 03:26 AM • permalink


    1. …and I meant to write John Doyle, dammit! At least I didn’t have to be corrected by Tim Flannery…

      Posted by cuckoo on 2006 11 04 at 03:26 AM • permalink


    1. Oh, I see kilo, our private school educated man of the left is back

      Posted by Whale Spinor on 2006 11 04 at 03:29 AM • permalink


    1. …and making its usual insightful non sequiters….

      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 11 04 at 03:34 AM • permalink


    1. So the Glass House has been on for five years but all these bad things are happening to youth. Maybe the glass house is causing it.

      Well the logic is about as good as melinda’s….

      Posted by Francis H on 2006 11 04 at 04:28 AM • permalink


    1. I’m with you Francis, perhaps the ABC axed the show so all the unemployed youth would not stay up Wednesday night watching, thereby allowing them to be up bright and early Thursdya to go out and get a job?

      Posted by Looneyc on 2006 11 04 at 04:34 AM • permalink


    1. No relation…

      Posted by Harry Buttle on 2006 11 04 at 05:04 AM • permalink


    1. With youth disassociation, unemployment and suicide at alarmingly high levels,

      Stupid bint, other than triple J there is a youth disassociation meter? Besides, we haven’t been this close to full employment in a long time.

      I cannot believe the ABC has cancelled a program that is so popular and valuable to the youth of Australia

      What? The programme helped to solve the ‘youf unemployment’ problem?

      Posted by Nic on 2006 11 04 at 05:18 AM • permalink


    1. Couldn’t have been a very good show if suicide was at alarmingly high levels.

      Posted by Mark V. on 2006 11 04 at 06:12 AM • permalink


    1. With youth disassociation, unemployment and suicide at alarmingly high levels

      Ahh youth disassociation, that old chestnut.  If only we could think of a way to decrease it from its current high of 63.2% to more manageable levels.  Perhaps we could purchase some disassociation credits from the US?

      Posted by bondo on 2006 11 04 at 06:48 AM • permalink


    1. Glasshouse promos were so lame I never actually watched it.
      Oh, dear. How sad. Never mind.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2006 11 04 at 06:49 AM • permalink


    1. The Glass House would have made a joke about Melinda’s surname, but I won’t.

      Posted by slammer on 2006 11 04 at 06:54 AM • permalink


    1. Glasshouse promos were so lame I never actually watched it.
      Oh, dear. How sad. Never mind.

      The forced laugh on that chick as the guy on the end (the one with the speech impediment) delivered his puchline was enough to keep me away in droves!

      Posted by AlburyShifton on 2006 11 04 at 06:55 AM • permalink


    1. I’m glad my taxes are not paying for Wil Anderson to laugh at himself anymore.

      If it is so popular with the youfs, Channel 10 will buy it anyway.

      Posted by The Prez on 2006 11 04 at 07:03 AM • permalink


    1. Nice pick up, Whale Spinor (#9) about Mel’s taxpayer funded job.

      Wouldn’t be a hint of vested interest from some make -work State Government apparatchik employed in the yartz, would it?

      Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2006 11 04 at 07:52 AM • permalink


    1. ABC had to cancel because France bought the rights. Watch for improvements in La Belle Payee while Australia sinks into a violent social malaise.

      Posted by Arty on 2006 11 04 at 08:34 AM • permalink


    1. Youth dissasociation,unemployment and suicide eh
      The glass house would find something to snigger about in all of them,no subject too sacred for Crin etc..
      If they are the role models for today we better quit now.

      Posted by crash on 2006 11 04 at 08:47 AM • permalink


    1. #4 Two men in a tinny
      We gotta sink the Bismark cause the world depends on us…

      Posted by crash on 2006 11 04 at 08:52 AM • permalink


    1. Wait. Glasshouse fans are going to kill themselves?

      I’ve got to watch that! I hope it’s not on pay-per-view.

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2006 11 04 at 09:04 AM • permalink


    1. Lefties really can’t think. This Melinda Buttle person basically admitted that “youth disassociation, unemployment, and suicide” rose to “alarming levels” while this tv show was on the air. I can play the correlation = causation game too.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 11 04 at 09:38 AM • permalink


    1. Whine, whine, whine. Cripes, lady, Doctor Who‘s been jammed into the most inconvenient time slot in US history, and nobody’s claiming that it’s causing youth suicide.

      Still, we should count our blessings. What if Glass House had been given a government arts grant- and then lost it? I’d predict spontaneous moonbat implosion.

      Posted by Tungsten Monk on 2006 11 04 at 12:44 PM • permalink


    1. I thought that the next comment was pretty succinct:

      SATIRE? 720,000 viewers? I must have missed something. Here was insular old me thinking that the presenters of The Glass House and their associates are nothing other than an insult to the word humour.
      Denis O’Meara

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 11 04 at 02:06 PM • permalink


    1. I have heard many things that cause teen suicide (death of Kurt Cobain, breaking up with one’s SO, being young and gay, using drugs, listening to Judas Priest and Ozzy, being mocked at school, etc.,) but I never ever heard of teens killing themselves over a television show or lack of it.  You Aussies have peculiar customs.

      Posted by ushie on 2006 11 04 at 02:24 PM • permalink


    1. You guys are disregarding the first rule of Leftism: Everything they claim is true is actually just a projection of their own feelings.

      Hence, I now expect Melinda to lose her job (assuming she has one), descend into petty vandalism, and finally kill herself. At least that would seem to be what she’s worried about without her precious Glass House.

      Posted by PW on 2006 11 04 at 04:04 PM • permalink


    1. I would get pretty cranky when syndicated reruns of Star Trek the Original (And Only) series would get pre-empted on Saturday afternoons by golf, but that’s as far as it would get.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 11 04 at 04:04 PM • permalink


    1. #20, Go right ahead, Slammer, “Buttle” sounds like someone out of the Benny Hill Show anyway. Now there’s REAL humour! Maybe the ABC could buy the re-runs to replace Glass House. The ratings would double straight away. And if the budget can stretch to it, why not Some Mothers do Have’Em as well. Hey,Aunty, now your’e smoking, baby!

      Posted by Big Arnie on 2006 11 04 at 04:17 PM • permalink


    1. Re #8 – Quite right, my mistake.

      Posted by Ian Deans on 2006 11 04 at 04:45 PM • permalink


    1. #33, Andrea:

      You might be onto something there. I seem to recall, anecdotally of course, having some creeping feelings of darkness, numbness and despair any time I happened upon a game of golf being beamed into my head by TV rays.

      I wonder if there’s a connection between televised golf and evil acts by those exposed?

      Posted by Grimmy on 2006 11 04 at 04:53 PM • permalink


    1. If the yoot of Australia is really like to suicide over the cancellation of Glass House, may I suggest loosening the child-proof caps on the pills for them?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 11 04 at 05:08 PM • permalink


    1. youth disassociation, unemployment and suicide

      Because of a television show being cancelled?  Was the show one that taught youfs how to secure employment, meet others and not kill yourself?

      Posted by Major John on 2006 11 04 at 06:04 PM • permalink


    1. If Melinda Buttle likes a TV program, she should pay for it.

      I get very “upset” when people expect me to pay for the TV programs THEY like to watch.

      Refuce tax-funded TV. Just say TURNOFF.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2006 11 04 at 08:09 PM • permalink


    1. #34 No Big Arnie, Buttle is something a man likes to do with a woman. Rebuttle is something the woman wishes the man had the stamina for.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2006 11 04 at 08:19 PM • permalink


    1. Everytine I watched 5 minutes of Glasshouse and then turned off I was left with one overwhelming opinion “S…t I could do better than that, our drinks session after work on Friday is wittier than this.”
      Maybe that’s the problem youths don’t have after-work-drinks sessions to go to judge Glasshouse against. Then they’d get better humour, reduced ‘dis-association” and no one I know has ever killed themselves whilst at drinks after work

      Posted by the nailgun on 2006 11 04 at 09:48 PM • permalink


    1. Mel – a “WA Green Faces Finalist 2006 and a semi finalist in WA Raw Comedy 2006 [who] regulary performs her unsavory brand of confrontational yet lady like comedy” – has a longer letter here where she argues that “logic leads me to believe that there must be some form of political or social agenda that underpins the removal of this wonderful program.” That’s some logic. Mel’s ‘blog’ says that she’s a “comedian, and when I get a chance I sometimes work full time at an office”. Who would have thunk it?

      Posted by Hanyu on 2006 11 04 at 09:51 PM • permalink


    1. I’m more worried about datassociation than I am about dis one.

      Posted by triticale on 2006 11 05 at 12:05 AM • permalink


    1. #33 – Andrea, I’ll simply say this. If Jean Luc Picard ever came across a wibble, he’d simply instruct Number One to call the exterminator and “make it so”, not devote an entire episode to them. I blame the wibbles for everything wrong with sci fi since, from Jar Jar Binks to Ewoks. Cute furry creatures and planet-destroying death rays do not mix. Unless the death ray is first tested on the cute furry creatures. Slowly.

      Posted by RexW on 2006 11 05 at 02:24 AM • permalink


    1. The Glass House was supposed to be humorous? Gee, the things you learn on this blog, I would never have guessed. Granted, the talentless panelists laughed like the canned crowd at a “Diff’rent Strokes” taping every time Dave Hughes squeaked his unfunny Eric Cartman impersonations, but I’s always assumed I was watching an exploitation documentary about the mentally ill.

      Still, Belinda should rest assured that the commissars still have control of the News & Current Affairs Division. They did manage to mention today’s European blackouts on the radio news, but in contrast to the reports on the American blackouts of 2003, it was at the end of the news and without the moralising about government under-investment.

      Posted by Jim Geones on 2006 11 05 at 03:32 AM • permalink


    1. With youth disassociation, unemployment and suicide at alarmingly high levels

      With the axing of the Glasshouse, I predict a dramatic drop in the youth – and overall – suicide rate.

      Posted by James Waterton on 2006 11 05 at 05:46 AM • permalink


    1. Like the way Mel talks of them “outfluxing overseas” -best of all was her comment..
      “ABC you have lost your ONLY stars..”

      Posted by crash on 2006 11 05 at 08:23 AM • permalink


    1. RexW: “wibbles”? You’re thinking of tribbles. “The Trouble With Tribbles” was a classic comic episode, full of non-PC alarm-raisers like bar fights, Klingon commanders making fun of earth women on board (the “non-essentials” crack), and female Federation officers cooing over the “cute little things.” (Of course, so were the male officers.) It wasn’t deep, but it was fun. Oh, and the end would send today’s furry-animal-loving PETA member screaming down the hall: they starve all the tribbles to death (except one or two) by giving them poisoned wheat. The Next Generation crew would have discovered that the tribble planet was being environmentally exploited by the merchant and ended up with a lecture on the need to keep all planets in pristine condition for all its living beings, or something like that, and Warf would have learned to overcome his Klingon fear of tribbles.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 11 05 at 10:32 AM • permalink


    1. “Fear of a Tribble Planet”?

      Posted by ushie on 2006 11 05 at 11:20 AM • permalink


    1. #48 – Ahhh… umm… I was cleverly conjuring a subliminal image of Elmer Fudd loose on the Enterprise, shotgun in hand… “Where’s those wascawwy wibbles…”

      Or I got it horribly wrong. But I prefer the former explanation.

      Worf regularly ate live Quag on TNG. PETA must have been watching “Cooking tasteless vegetarian mush” on their local public access channel when those episodes were on. Or they only save things which are hairy and cuddly. Any day now they’ll join hands round Michael Moore.

      Posted by RexW on 2006 11 06 at 11:35 AM • permalink


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