… it seems even SBS documentaries…
Twitter and the interwebs these last few nights have been awash with comments over the new 3 part miniseries, “Go back to where you came from”. If you haven’t seen it already, there’s streaming links of the first two episodes on the website, and the last is to air tonight. Regardless on what side of the fence you sit on in the debate, it’s confronting and riveting television.
While I strongly disagree with this kind of idiocy, I have to think there is some manipulation going on behind the scenes. No, I don’t mean the experiment itself (I had to giggle at Darren’s reaction when he found out about the sinking boat setup) but the portrayal of the characters on TV. Especially everyone’s most hated person in Australia for the moment – Raquel Moore.
I remember some years ago during the hey-day of Big Brother (don’t judge me!) of how well the editing and cameras make someone look like on the television. The first year that had live internet streaming (before a drunk confession threw that idea to the wind) and some people by the time of the daily show would look worse off than they did throughout the entire day. Pick all the bits that made someone look bad, regardless how they reacted for the rest of the day, throw in some polar opposites for the rest, and surprise surprise! Guess who is going home come eviction time? TV at is most manipulative.
Come this show, there may be no evictions or prize money, but I just can’t help they’re doing the same to this poor girl as well. Sure, she’s said some dumb and ignorant things so far, but some of the others aren’t that much better when it comes down to it. I just feel they want to show the very ugly side of the conservative opinions in Australia and this sheltered girl is the show’s scapegoat. The fact that she’s been living on the dole since leaving school with her partner probably had something to do with SBS choosing her as well.
If this were a work of fiction, I’d have a gripe about it on twitter, argue amongst friends and get over it. This poor girl is going to be shone into the spotlight in these up and coming weeks. Her anonymous life as a westie are long gone and the knives are certainly out, the twitter streams had some pretty nasty attacks. Maybe tonight they’ll show her softer side and she starts to finally get some of her situations and experiences in those weeks.
She doesn’t deserve to be twitter’s next St Kilda schoolgirl.