Labor held the knife, now tries to hide the stains

Labor is trying – successfully, it turns out – to twist the narrative to hang the Christine Holgate saga around the next of the PM.

But is important to remember this from Labor leader Anthony Albanese in October 2020:

Everything must be political

Bluey is a cartoon for children which airs on the ABC.

It’s quite the hit. Here’s how the ABC describes the show:

Bluey is an inexhaustible six year-old Blue Heeler dog, who loves to play and turns everyday family life into extraordinary adventures, developing her imagination as well as her mental, physical and emotional resilience.

The show airs on ABC Kids. This is what the ABC says about ABC Kids:

ABC Kids caters for children of all ages and stages of development up to 6 years of age, and we have a number of programs that appeal primarily to the older end of this range.

The important bit is the age range. Keep that in mind. And then look at this ridiculous article from Beverly Wang, a journalist, podcast host, pop-culture lover and parent.

She loves Bluey but she has some problems with … the diversity. But of course:

As a parent of colour, I am always conscious of the presence — or absence — of diverse representation in kids’ pop culture, what it means for children and the conversations we have around that. I sincerely believe you don’t have to be ‘Other’ to think about this too.

We live in a world where the majority of main characters on children’s television are white; where there are more animals than people of colour protagonists populating the pages of children’s books.

Dear God, woman, it’s about dogs. The dog isn’t even white. It’s blue. It’s in the title!

Where are the disabled, queer, poor, gender diverse, dogs of colour and single-parent dog families in Bluey’s Brisbane? If they’re in the background, let them come forward. (Maynard, voiced by Sean Choolburra, I’m looking at you.)

Reminder, this show airs on a channel geared at children aged under 6.

Why would anyone want to introduce concepts like “gender diverse” to children?

It’s one thing to think it, it’s another to write it and it’s another altogether for the ABC to publish it. No, that’ not a call to cancel, it’s a call for the ABC to adopt some editorial standards and not publish crap.

Bill Shorten should remember he lives in a glass house

Shorten was on the Today show yesterday and he decided to affirm again why he isn’t in the Lodge with this tactless comment about the Royal Family. Take it away, Billy:

They are a lovely family. Good luck to them. They have their problems – some people don’t like who their grandsons married. I don’t mind. She [Meghan] seems a nice person. But I don’t care, dare I say it. It is interesting but so is Married At First Sight.

What a mean little attention seeker he is. If he likes being snide, let’s start with this:

And then perhaps we could delve into his own MAFS-like history:

Leading Labor MP Bill Shorten [leading? really?] has confirmed he’s expecting a child with girlfriend Chloe Bryce, the daughter of the Governor-General, as both battle messy divorces with their previous partners. [Very classy.]

Mr Shorten, 42, and sometimes touted as a future Prime Minister [by idiots], told The Sunday Telegraph the baby was due in January.

Contacted to comment, Mr Shorten’s estranged wife, Debbie Beale, said, “You’re tempting me”, before declining to comment. [The only one with clas.]

Friends say Ms Beale has observed that it was “interesting that Mr Shorten and Ms Bryce are expecting a baby, while both remain married to other people”. [And he dares make fun of MAFS.]

Mr Shorten said it was obviously a happy event for the new couple, but he was not prepared to make any further comment.

He said when it came to protecting his first child from the media, it was “best to start the way you intend to finish”. [So much wrong in that sentence.]

He said neither he nor Ms Bryce knew the sex of the baby. [Best to leave this comment alone, as well.]

Of course he then had to go on and make the call for a republic:

Mr Shorten said he ‘just wants us to get on’ and introduce an Australian head of state.

‘It’s about time after 250 years of European settlement that we decided not to worry about a foreign family as being the key determinance in our nation’s decision making structure,’ he said.

Bill, you are among the best reasons for us not to have a republic; otherwise, a pissant like you would be the head of state, instead of a funny footnote. A joke who can’t even jog. For God’s sake, put those cans in a bra.