Episodes of a popular kids show has been pulled amid racism accusations…
Popular children’s show Bluey has come under fire this week.
After watching the episodes in question, viewers were far from happy.
But 2 recent episodes caused quite a stir.
Here’s a short rundown: It follows the adventures and antics of an Australian Blue Heeler Cattle Dog puppy as she interacts with her family and friends in everyday situations.
Many fans were understandably confused, so ABC decided to clear things up.
Some viewers complained that an episode featured on ABC iView “included a term with racial connotations and a problematic history for Indigenous Australians.”
And caused outcry among some fans.
According to Urban Dictionary, the word was used in the times of cavemen and means “hello, goodbye, how are you, wassup … really anything you want it to.”
Well, apparently not.
And causes offense among Indigenous people.
And that the country was just barren wasteland before the Brits took over. But this certainly wasn’t the case.
The indigenous people of Australia were already living in the country…
The indigenous communities tried to protect their land, but, sadly, they failed against the forces of the British government, who were much more powerful than they were.
So many indigenous people died brutal deaths at the hands of British people.
According to sources at The Guardian, mass killings were first carried out by British soldiers in 1794, then by police and settlers – often acting together – and later by native police, working under the command of white officers, in militia-style forces supported by colonial governments.
And it has been estimated that around 20,000 people were killed in order to create a more “white” race for Australia – making it the only Commonwealth country to not have a treaty with its first people.
And the indigenous communities left today still feel the pain of their ancestors, as well as the racism and discrimination they have faced over the years as Australia has grown.
Which is why this fan felt it was important to call out the network that produces Bluey.
The fan spoke out in a Bluey Facebook fan page.
“I know to many you just see this word as “caveman speak”, or in the harmless way the writers clearly did too,” the fan shared.
“I’m in my 40s, and I well remember a time growing up in Western Sydney where the phrase ‘Ooga Booga/s’ was used conversationally to describe a dark-skinned person/s. It was used in social circles, in movies or TV depicting black indigenous people as ‘uncivilized fools,’” they added.
“I personally balked at hearing it used in Teasing, but never said anything because I thought it was maybe just me.”
An ABC spokesperson confirmed 2 episodes have been reworked to not include the term.
“The ABC sincerely apologize to the complainant for any distress caused by the term used in the episode titled ‘Teasing’. The ABC has a strong record for giving voice to Indigenous Australians and an ongoing commitment to helping reduce discrimination and prejudice and in this case, the language used was inadvertent.”
“The complainant was advised that neither the ABC nor the external producers were aware of the potentially derogatory meaning of the term, which was intended only as irreverent rhyming slang made up by children. The episode was removed from iView as soon as ABC KIDS became aware of the complaint and the ABC undertook to change the dialogue prior to future broadcast or publication.”
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