Kirralie Smith is the creator of the halal choices website, shopping guide book and phone app and an expert on halal certification of foods and supermarkets in Australia www.halalchoices.com.au
Extreme Australia is coming….and it has nothing to do with dangerous animals, crazy sports or hair-raising stunts!
On my way home from Sydney recently I received a phone call from David O’Shea. His Twitter bio says, “The latest Tweets from David O’Shea (@oshady). Video Journalist/ Producer. Formerly SBS
Dateline and ABC Lateline. Now busy on a doco series about Australia. Sydney.”
It was regarding this ‘doco series’ that he phoned me. He was very nice over the phone, courteous, friendly and professional. A little red flag was raised however when he said that the doco series was called “Extreme Australia.” I knew immediately he wasn’t referring to snakes, drought, firestorms, jumping off buildings or free diving.
I laughed and asked him why would he be talking to me. His response was that one of the episodes would be on immigration and that my views were fairly extreme and they wanted to follow me around with a camera and get the real story.
When I got home there was an email with links to three other episodes for me to watch so I could get an idea of what they were about. In his email he wrote, “As you will see, the program style is to throw Reggie into a range of thought provoking and confronting situations, which he approaches with an open mind and reflects upon, as he goes along.
The BBC has already made “Extreme Russia” and “Extreme South Africa” so after a long day, Hubby and I, decided to sit down and watch “Extreme Russia” since we had spent a month in St Petersburg in 1999. https://vimeo.com/wearesundogpictures/review/121911674/9f8fc62d3d
I think we actually deserve a medal. We made it through the excruciatingly horrible hour and decided that was a perfect example of why we don’t watch television and when we do, we don’t watch BBC documentaries.
What an insult to my intelligence. The whole episode was focussed on so-called nationalistic Russians. It was disgusting and offensive. These people were not representative of the supposed 80% of Russian nationalists.
In this doco the BBC was pitifully trying to create a perception that every nationalist carries a knife and is a complete idiot. It was a transparent attempt to paint Russians as extremists and it failed. Granted, it was called Extreme Russia, but it was extremely biased in that it only presented one kind of extreme!
This publicly funded documentary simply reinforced that BBC is a shallow, left wing, socialist propaganda machine and is devoid of any substance. Like #their ABC, the BBC tries to create perceptions for a dull or completely stupid audience who want to be spoon-fed misinformation.
My question to David O’Shea and the BBC is this:
Are there plans for “Extreme Pakistan” or “Extreme Saudi Arabia”? Now that would be good viewing. How about taking a film crew to Saudi and recording the sermons and attitudes of ‘nationalists’ in that country? Why not take a film crew to Mecca or Medina? Oh that’s right you can only go there if you are Muslim. How about the BBC film one of the 157 beheadings that may be carried out this year as they were last year by the government of Saudi Arabia? Most of them happen in public squares so footage shouldn’t be too difficult.
The BBC could take a female interviewer, without a burqa, and investigate the government sanctioned religious violence carried out against women, gays and foreigners every day in Saudi Arabia? Show us the real attitudes of Imams and religious police who eagerly punish women for the way they dress, throw gays off buildings and behead anyone who criticises them.
What about “Extreme Egypt”? How about a report on Taharrush? I mean seriously, can you believe there is actually a word in Arabic to describe the game of Muslim men surrounding their female victims to sexually assault them? I am sure CBS reporter Lara Logan would be willing to be interviewed regarding that. And then there will be almost 1000 women from Cologne lining up to have their say.
And while the BBC is there they could check on the welfare of the 4 yr old boy who was recently sentenced to life in prison for murder! It was clear to all he couldn’t have done it but the law is the law is the law and the judges insist it won’t be changed.
I would love to see Reggie Yates outraged at the misogyny, ignorance and stupidity displayed by these kinds of extremists. And the beauty of it is they won’t have to search too far to find them. The extremists can be found occupying most government positions, or religious positions, or in the many ordinary people walking down the street.
I could go on and on, but instead I will focus on representing the mainstream Aussies of all different nationalities and belief systems who are fed up with exactly this kind of rot.
David O’Shea really misjudged me and I told him I couldn’t watch another episode let alone be in one.
It seems that taxpayer funded journos now want to label mainstream, commonsense values as ‘extreme’.
By inviting me to participate in this program it would appear that if you want to protect the good ol’ fashion western values of equality, freedom of speech, democracy and liberty you are now an extremist. But if you want to be a pious, devout, Quran-following Muslim you are a lone wolf and deserve tolerance and a heap of money for ‘deradicalisation’ projects.
If you have been a part of an amazing Australian culture that has integrated well with all ethnicities and belief systems you are apparently an extremist. But if you want to form enclaves and cause divisiveness with your halal and haram food, or your offensive clothing, or your gender apartheid and religious beliefs, then that must be protected and tolerated.
The implication is that “Extreme Australia” is demonstrated by people who oppose halal certification rorts and want a 10 year moratorium on immigration from OIC countries. I guess it is all a matter of perspective.
My view is, if you want to see “Extreme” Australian views simply watch the ABC and in particular Q&A with Tony Jones.
One thought on ““Extreme Australia” is (not) coming”
A Email sent to SBS, long winded i know but sometimes you just have to hammer them
I have just received some correspondence from Kirralie Smith re the production of a documentary “Extreme Australia”
I have in fact watched Extreme Russia. And at the time I thought it was interesting but extremely biased, portraying Russians as a bunch of sociopath’s hell bent on world destruction.
It would be fair to say it didn’t in any way represent the broad spectrum of Russian opinion but no doubt appealed to the gullible thrill seekers that these kind of docs tend to appeal to
Now about your Australian doco. I assume by David O’Shea’s suggestion that Kirralie should be on the show because of her extreme views pretty well sets the agenda straight up front.
It will be all about the portrayal of every Australian that has a contrary view about Islam as being an extremist and those that question the wisdom of our current policies towards Muslim migration will be
cast as villains, racist and sociopaths and all the other key words used to describe the non-believers.
And of course you will drag out the tattooed rednecks and parade them around like fools to impress the viewer how evil they are and how they are the real threat to civilization
Now this is fine and being a tax payer funded institution you do to some extend have an obligation to expose all.
However, you also have an obligation to expose all sides in the debate that includes our friendly local Iman’s and other breaches of hate that get so little scrutiny by the ABC and their like
Now to achieve this, there’s a few things you have to do
• Give each side equal air time
• Ask pointed questions about their beliefs
• Don’t be an apologist and ask the hard questions.
• Don’t seek out pretty little fashionable Muslim women with good educations and a politically correct agenda who allegedly represent the Muslims, seek out the bearded ones with the frocks on usually born overseas
To help you with this I have listed some questions below that may provide you with an opportunity to insure that the Muslim’s get a chance to really express their views and go on the public record for all to see
1. Do you support Sharia law in Australia
2. Do you actively campaign to have Sharia Law installed
3. Where do your loyalties lie with Australia or Islam
4. Do you support terrorist organizations
5. Do you support the genital mutilation of women
6. Do you support the higher education of women
7. Do you support Australia’s involvement in the suppression of ISIS
8. Do you support illegal migration via boats etc
9. Do you send any money or other support to terrorist organizations including Halal fees
10. What do you think about the wholesale slaughter and rape of minority groups in the middle east by ISIS
11. Do you support freedom of speech
12. Would you defend Australia against a Muslim Insurgency
13. Do you support the Islamic belief in lying to get your way, its called taqiyya
14. Have any of your answers been a taqiyya response
I could go on but I am sure a person with David’s experience could add substantially to the list
So if you do this, your doco will have credibility and portray the real extremes in Australia not just the selected ones the fit the unfortunate ABC agenda
And I really look forward to your up and coming docos in the “Extreme Series”
May I suggest some likely candidates
• Extreme Pakistan
• Extreme Saudi Arabia
• Extreme Afghanistan
• Extreme Yemen
I am sure you could expand on this list, but take an armed escort, it could be very dangerous, oh! and make sure you use a female journalist just to add some excitement and don’t send Reggie he is referred to as an Abeed in Arabic not a good thing to be called and somewhat racist I would argue
I look forward to your response
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