Australia’s ‘ABC’ rings in New Year’s with an ‘embarrassing’ ‘woke’ bang, gets blasted as a ‘disgrace’
The ABC from below caught a lot of heat online over the weekend after what many considered the outlet’s New Year’s Eve coverage.
‘The ABC’, an Australian broadcasting company unrelated to the US network of the same name, sparked holiday controversy on Saturday with its allegedly progressive and LGBTQ-themed New Year’s Eve show.
Local viewers took to social media to describe the show as “woke” and a “shame”.
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Fireworks light up the sky over the Sydney Harbor Bridge during New Year’s Eve celebrations on January 1, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. New Year celebrations continue to look somewhat different as some COVID-19 restrictions remain in place due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Mark Evans/Getty Images)
With Australia more than 12 hours ahead of the United States, ABC Australia had already aired its 9 p.m. fireworks display by the time most Americans were up this morning. Before noon in the United States, Americans could see that the Australian network was ensuring that diversity and inclusion would lead the way to 2023.
British newspaper The Daily Mail reported on the waking themes found in the show. He said: “The show featured singer Casey Donovan covering Lizzo’s 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready) and a segment about Indigenous artists Carmen Glynn-Braun and Dennis Golding, who created the Calling Country fireworks of this year at 9 p.m..”
Additionally, the New Year’s Eve show featured a tribute to late “Grease” actress Olivia Newton John performed by a drag queen. The outlet noted, “Drag Queen Courtney Act performed songs by Olivia Newton-John and the Divinyls.”
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A large group of Australian viewers complained on Twitter about the content, with many accusing the ABC of using the inclusive material to pander to a “woke minority” rather than appeal to the average Australian viewer.
One user called the cover “just propaganda”, tweeting, “Sydney NYE fireworks stream via Independent/YouTube at the bar. ABC feed is awful and just propaganda. BBC doesn’t show it because it’s not depressing enough.”
Another criticized the music, commenting, “That music for the 9 p.m. NYE fireworks show on ABC wasn’t good. Sorry.”
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One user asked: “Does the ABC know there are festivals outside of Sydney and the gay community? You wouldn’t know that by looking on NYE. I think the Charter says something to About all Aust – they should read it someday.”
User River Everdeen asked, “Could #SydneyNYE have missed the mark more with the children’s fireworks music selection? I’m sure a lot of kids say WTF was that. That’s not really not that hard ~ just get Bluey to sing baby shark then play TikTok videos.”
She added, “except for the mandatory wake-up festival for adult fireworks.”
Aussie David Lester called the show ” [absolutely] boring 9 p.m. display with [absolutely] boring and unknown “misic”, and with what is supposed to be a party for all, hijacked by an awakened minority. What an absolute disgrace, a demonstration of majority exclusion #nyeabc.”
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Another Twitter reviewer called the show “unwatchable woke nonsense” and someone else commented, “Enough woke shit for now. Mute…”
Yet another claimed the ABC was reaching out to the wrong audience with its broadcast, tweeting: “Looks like @ABCTV #SydneyNYE is trying to woo younger audiences this year but they don’t seem to understand young people don’t don’t stay home on #NYE watching #ABC.”
Fireworks are launched from the Sky Tower to mark the turn of the year on New Year’s Eve in Auckland, New Zealand, Thursday, December 31, 2020. New Zealand and its South Pacific island neighbors do not have no COVID-19, and New Year celebrations there are always the same. (Michael Craig/NZ Herald via AP)
Gabriel Hays is associate editor of Fox News Digital.