The presenters of Channel Nine’s Today show discussed the inclusion of Waleed Aly and Lee Lin Chin in the 2016 Gold Logie nominations last month. Co-host and literal boof-head Lisa Wilkinson has never been nominated for a Logie and Karl Stefanovic joked “Lisa’s too white.” “I got a spray tan and everything and still didn’t make it,” Wilkinson replied.
Waleed Aly has astutely observed there is a high level of low level racism in Australia, and this was a fine example. The spray tan bit holds great irony, as many Caucasians so sprayed do indeed have darker skin tones than those of Egyptian or Chinese origin, yet are seen as ‘us’ rather than ‘them’.
Aly went on to win both a Silver for Best Presenter and the prestigious Gold Logie – Best Personality on Australian Television – that crowns the night. He tackled the elephant in the room, quipping “Do not adjust your sets!” and putting a positive spin on the subject with hope for a future of greater diversity on Aussie TV screens. (Click the heading for more on his speech.)
For a great piece by Gordon Farrer on the sparkling critical thinking Aly now brings to a wide nightly audience via progressive current affairs show The Project click the link below. Waleed had a great night on Sunday. But the best is most certainly still to come.