Popular Channel 10 show on notice for being ‘disrepectful’

Have you been paying attention to the television this week? If you’re a regular viewer of the Channel 10 program
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Have you been paying attention to the television this week? If you’re a regular viewer of the Channel 10 program Have You Been Paying Attention? you might have come across a skit the panel did on October 17 that made light of the recent death of the king of Thailand.

The Thai ambassador to Australia was none too impressed and has issued a strongly-worded letter to the network saying the segment was “very inappropriate, disrespectful, and certainly not amusing”.

Ambassador Chirachair Punkrasin has accused the panel of comedians, which included Ed Kavalee, Jane Kennedy, Peter Hellier, Celia Pacquola and Sam Pang, of “mocking” the Thai people who are currently grieving the death of their king.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej died on October 13 at the age of 88. In addition to a year of mourning the Thai Government banned alcohol out of respect.

“While it may not be the intention of the Network 10 to cause offense, the programme needs to show greater cultural sensitivity and media professionalism when it deals with a topic that makes reference to another country, institution, and culture,” the letter reads.

In response, the show — through its Twitter page — advised fans that it would remove the offending segment from its reruns, including the website and social media channels.

Issuing a statement to The New Daily, the network apologised for the segment.

“Network Ten has written to the Ambassador of Thailand in Canberra to apologise for the comments made on the program,” the statement says.

“In no way was any disrespect intended and we sincerely regret any distress caused.”

What do you think of comedians using current affairs topics as the basis for their comedy? Is it disrespectful and/or inappropriate to include comedy when discussing someone’s death?

  1. elfa lerae  

    So I gather from this that all other cultures are highly sensitive yet, australians when mocked dont give a rats? Cos we dont. Its that simple.

    • Roger  

      Australians don’t have the same sort of cultural traditions that certain other countries possess and maintain. In fact Australians have very little, if any, cultural traditions. At least none that many people respect.

  2. jennifer williams  

    I don’t get offended by much at all, Aussies don’t tend to be too sensitive about much.

    • Gigliola vrandecic  

      Right on. If we all were nonchalant about COMEDY we would have more fun and be more relaxed and healthier

  3. John Borlini  

    Who the hell do we Australians think we can go around showing disrespect to other nations and their customs,cultures and beliefs.
    We can take the piss out of our own but show respect and in this case even more so .
    Don’t blame the Thais for being upset we need to be aware of some of the things we do and say

    • As we cant view what they said anymore. We can only guess. Lets pretend they were mocking the Thai”‘s reaction to a former Tyrant dying. Who cares , the Thai’s have brought lots of good things to Australia , like food and heroin and street gangs and disdain for white anglo -saxons. I will laugh my arse off , when the Queen dies and I see the Monarchist”s crying. The only reason the Queen is the Queen is because her family were the English Mafia of the Era when her family got into power. I would have thought by 60 you would have grown up and use what Brain you have left to think for yourself. Next you will tell us you believe in Gods and Religion and Fairies.

      • GUY FLAVELL  

        Andrew, what totally abhorrent comments. You must lead a truly sad life I’m afraid to have such twisted attitudes.
        Of course we should respect the Thai people and the love they had for their long-reigning King … anything but a “tyrant” if you know anything about the country’s history.
        Your revolting comment about our Queen really does indicate what a complete moron you must be. Let me make an accurate guess … I’d bet my last dollar that you’re a strong supporter of the imbecilic, Marxist, Commie Greens ???

  4. Pat Zammit  

    My daughter in law is Thai and was upset when she heard even though he has been ill for a long time the King was revered by all his people there are photos of the King and the Queen everywhere you go even in the smallest villages, its a pity we don,t have anyone in Australia that we can look up to in the same way


      But Pat, we do have someone that’s equally, if not more loved and revered – our own Queen Elizabeth II. There could not be a more respected person throughout the entire World. We are just so lucky to have her reigning over us for most of our lives. She has been the constant figurehead of all that’s good over the past 64 years.

  5. Meryam stuart  

    Australian don’t understand how to respect other nations culture as they don’t have a culture. It’s commonsense not to

  6. Dieter  

    In my view Australians have no respect for themselves let alone for other countries. We took on the Australian citizenship some years ago and the way it goes with this Government and society we consider to go back to Europe. Unfortunate but true.

  7. Garry Whight  

    I have several friends in Thailand who messaged me that the Thai King had died and they were all very upset. The Thai King is a much loved and respected figure in Thailand and their grief is intense and deep. I also got messages from my friends upset about the “Australian journalist” who made jokes about their King. It was disappointing to know that an Australian could be so disrespectful and ignorant and it projected a poor image of how we consider others feelings. Would the participants on the show be disrespectful towards one of their own just after they’d lost a loved one? I don’t think so. Treat others how you would like to be treated.

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