In the latest turn of events in Alan Jones-gate, Can of Worms has become caught up in headlines calling for the show to be axed.
This follows a question on the panel show on Monday night which used his name as a punchline and subsequent quotes from Professor David Flint, who heads “conservative activist group” CANdo: Australia’s Voice.
Host Chrissie Swan posed a hypothetical to guests. “A mysterious man desperately wants to give you a million dollars. There is one catch. You have to perform one of the following.”
1. Run naked through Times Square singing Gangnam Style
2. Eat a plate of live cockroaches
3. Have sex with Alan Jones.
On the screen #3 was written as “Root Alan Jones” which is a lot cheekier.
Guest James Mathison replied, “I don’t even need my options to be eliminated, I will choose Root Alan Jones.
“There is no man in the country that needs to get laid more than Alan Jones. That guy is so up-tight that for our country I would bang him. For our nation I’d give Jonesy a bit of doodle whiskey.”
Alan Jones is Patron-in-Chief of CANdo which describes itself as “Australia’s independent, grassroots Community Action Network. We say all Australians should have the tools needed to preserve, protect and defend their individual rights, freedom and traditional values!”
Today on its website it is hosting a petition for TEN to axe Can of Worms.
Last week CANdo blogged in support of Alan Jones:
“We [CANdo] have no intention of dropping Alan Jones as our Patron,” it wrote.
“We must remember that although his comments were inappropriate, his enemies are going to try and capitalise on this. Any push organisations or companies to drop him are moves against him by his enemies.”
Would they have started a petition if the option was to have sex with the Prime Minister? Doubtful…
Nevertheless, TEN is standing by Can of Worms produced by Zapruder’s Other Films.
A TEN spokesperson told TV Tonight, “Monday night’s episode of Can Of Worms was classified M, displayed clear consumer advice and was broadcast in compliance with the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice. Whilst we recognise that parts of the program may not have been to everyone’s taste, classification and consumer advice is provided so that people may make informed viewing decisions for both themselves and those in their care.”
The “Alan Jones” question was undoubtedly cheeky.
It followed other provocative topics including urinating in the shower and references to a website called “Rate My Poo” (yes, the site actually exists). All of them fell within an M Classification. In many respects, that’s what the premise of Can of Worms is all about.
But if there was anything remiss in Monday night’s show it was the lack of Lifeline details after an audience member told the show her husband had taken his own life, during a panel discussion about the use of social media.
It was remiss of TEN not to screen contact details at the end of the show.
But CANdo, which has a Charter advocating “ensuring the nation has a healthy and well educated population,” hasn’t protested about this omission. It’s more concerned with the Jones reference and “removing this rubbish from public viewing” (where were they when The Shire was on air or some of the things Paul Henry has said?).
CANdo has managed to get its name in News Limited and Fairfax newspapers. Ironically some articles are followed by some fairly offensive comments:
yet another example of Ms Swans inability to control either her own or another persons mouth. She is a bucket mouth, moron that has NO PLACE on our TV’s, I was amazed when she wasn’t sacked before, now she can’t contain herself or James Matheson from making stupid comments (The Age)
If we haven’t come full circle yet on the ironies of abusive statements, respect for the individual, media publication and pushing other agendas then we must be pretty darn close.
While they are hot under the collar, CANdo may also want get a copy of the UK series Black Mirror which aired on SBS on Monday night.
The storyline involved a fictional British PM being blackmailed into having bestiality on TV.
Before they launch another petition, it was an MA rated satire and no actual Prime Ministers or pigs were harmed in the process.