The satirical skit, which aired in the UK over the weekend, shows the Prime Minister at a trade summit with China’s leader Xi Jinping and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Xi tells Ardern he is looking forward to a “prosperous trade deal with no questions asked”.
Morrison then dumps a bag of coal on the table stating, “we are just happy to be selling our clean coal”.
Ardern’s puppet – once again dressed as Mary Poppins – then bursts into song with Morrison joining in for the last stanza.
“Jinping and me, Jinping and me, we’ll do the deal, who cares how the people in Hong Kong might feel,” she sings.
“Jinping and me, Jinping and me, what won’t he buy? So sorry to the Uighurs, we turned a blind eye,” Ardern and Morrison sing in unison.
We couldn’t tell this joke in NZ because it’s obviously a heteronormative white cis male patriarchal attack on a feminist icon, but thank the little baby Jesus that the UK can still make satire that NZ is too cowardly to even think about.
The latest Spitting Image jab at our signing up to China’s economic noose despite China’s appalling human rights record is righteous and brilliant.
NZ can’t make satire like this because we are cowards. 7 Days, The Project, any comedy that doesn’t star Leigh Hart, it’s all weak jokes with no real punchline. The only ones making anything close to poking the fun is the Late Night Big Breakfast whose ‘Womens panel’ was probably the funniest thing ever allowed to be screened on NZ TV.
“If a woman nags you in the forest and no one is around, is she really nagging’?
I fell off my couch laughing.
But The Late Night Big Breakfast is the exception, not the rule. Now comedy is vetted to ensure no one weaker than the joke is offended, Note that the Newshub story has to do a woke deconstruction of the puppets…
The sketch also sees Ardern’s trusty sidekick – an umbrella with a talking sheep’s head on top – bitten by Jinping’s pet bat, an apparent reference to unverified claims the coronavirus started with people eating bats sold at places such as the Wuhan wet markets.
Blaming the origins of COVID-19 on ‘bat-eating’ has been widely condemned as racist and inaccurate, amid a reported rise in violence and verbal abuse towards people of Asian origin during the pandemic.
…this new puritanical millennial micro aggression policing reeks through all news stories that the graduate kids monitoring the social media feeds of most Newsrooms in NZ are now stained with and it’s become a fixed feature of the Auckland Comedy scene.
Speaking to a male comedian a month ago, apparently there are Comedy Commissars now, female comedians who will turn up at a show and note any jokes that aren’t funny and take them back to the feminist comedy conclave who will humourlessly rate how ‘safe’ your comedy is.
Those who the feminist comedy conclave find are not funny are branded ‘unsafe’ and blackballed.
Personally the idea of a feminist comedy conclave that rates jokes on their safety is the funniest thing I’ve ever heard, maybe we can tip Spitting Image off to it and allow them to do the satire so none of us get into trouble?
In the meantime we can watch Spitting Image and dream of a time when we could be just as free, and most importantly, just as funny.
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