Slagging and bagging Blanchett

Excellent piece by Malcolm Farnsworth ( about the Cate Blanchett advert, on the ABC’s The Drum.

Yesterday provided a classic example of the media as a caricature of itself.

“Cate Blanchett has sparked outrage in the community,” shouted the Sunday assortment of News Limited newspapers.

A perusal of the article turned up two people who were “outraged” by the actor’s decision to appear in a television advertisement urging Australians to “say yes” to a price on carbon pollution.

One of them, Nationals Senator Barnaby Joyce, accused Blanchett of looking “self-indulgent”. The other, Terri Kelleher, a representative of conservative lobby group The Australian Family Association, an organisation mainly concerned with traditional marriage, said Blanchett was “one of the people who can afford to pay it”.

And so began a day of manufactured debate and pretend outrage…


(hat-tip Larvatus Prodeo)

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