Monday, 9 May 2016
I was taught by my mother to never argue about religion, politics or sex... So writing this gives me a little anxiety in fear of an argument but if I don't get my thoughts out I might just explode!
The TV week logies were on last night. I've spent the morning watching speeches, reading speeches and reviewing social media comments & debates. 3 things Have come from last nights awards Waleed Aly's Gold logie win, Noni Hazlehurst's induction into the hall of fame & Julia Morris' fall, cursing on live TV & "I need a hero" redo. Julia is really a comical non event but the other two have sparked debate in my mind and it seems on social media.
I watched Waleed Aly's speech before I'd read anything, I had tears in my eyes and it was because of three thoughts.
1. What a lovely multicultural list of nominees, if this was accidental how beautiful but the pessimist in me questioned was that created purposely after the oscars drama... Really why has it taken Lee Lin Chin so many years to be finally nominated
2. I'm so proud that Australia has voted for this man, he's a really strong multicultural, educated influence on Australian media.
3. I hate that people live in fear because of their religious beliefs, but how very brave of them.
Then I saw this
I felt like standing & applauding here here but then I saw this
Noni Hazlehurst's speech on her induction into the hall of fame and I think she sums up the "...ism" debate perfectly for me. She sums up for me what I sometimes worry I'm being naive in thinking, why can't we look at the world the same way as a preschooler? Why can we not see inspirational, feel good stories rather than pessimistic & negative views. Why does our religious beliefs, race or even gender matter? How can we keep the bigoted views away from our kids? And finally how is she only the second women to be induducted into the hall of fame?