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Australia’s first Aboriginal government leader calls for ABC to be sold over white privilege video

Australia’s first and only Aboriginal government leader has called for the ABC to be privatised for featuring a white privilege message on a kids’ show.

Adam Giles, who made history in 2014 when he became Northern Territory chief minister, has slammed the national broadcaster’s ‘ME’ channel for comparing a straight, white male to a refugee woman.

‘I will defend the ABC but my reaction on seeing that is sell ‘em, like privatise them,’ he told Sky News on Wednesday night.

 

Australia’s first and only Aboriginal government leader has called for the ABC to be privatised for featuring a white male privilege message on a kids’ show

Adam Giles, who made history in 2014 when he became Northern Territory chief minister, has slammed the ABC's 'ME' channel for comparing a straight, white male to a refugee woman

Adam Giles, who made history in 2014 when he became Northern Territory chief minister, has slammed the ABC’s ‘ME’ channel for comparing a straight, white male to a refugee woman

‘It should not be happening and I don’t want my kids or other people’s kids having their bulls*** rammed down their throats and their ears.’

In the video, two young female presenters try to explain the concept of privilege to the channel’s primary-school aged audience through rap and cartoons of two people trying to cross a stream.

Viewers are introduced to Ross, a straight male in his mid-40s who is ‘rather wealthy’, in good health and born in a peaceful country. Ross is able to teleport across the stream.

They then meet Stevie, a female refugee who doesn’t speak much English and has little money. 

 In the video, two young female presenters try to explain the concept of privilege to the channel's primary-school aged audience through rap and cartoons

 In the video, two young female presenters try to explain the concept of privilege to the channel’s primary-school aged audience through rap and cartoons

Rather than travelling across the stream by teleportation, Stevie the refugee has to swim across the stream, despite developing a cough just before she jumps in.

Mr Giles, who lost the 2016 election two years after coming to power in a Country Liberals party room coup, said the ABC video was inappropriate.

‘It is not what taxpayers should be paying for,’ he said.

‘If you want to push that, you push that but not at the expense of constituents who pay for their taxes.’

The ABC was forced to remove the Facebook page for its ‘ME’ channel after a barrage of angry viewers took offence at the video.

It was initially published to the channel’s social media about five months ago, with many parents outraged the content was aimed at such young children.

Mr Giles, who lost the 2016 election two years after coming to power in a Country Liberals party room coup, said the ABC video was inappropriate

Mr Giles, who lost the 2016 election two years after coming to power in a Country Liberals party room coup, said the ABC video was inappropriate

In the clip Ross, a wealthy white man, is able to teleport across a river, while Stevie, a female refugee not fluent in English, must swim

In the clip Ross, a wealthy white man, is able to teleport across a river, while Stevie, a female refugee not fluent in English, must swim



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