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When political correctness is racist

Editorial Staff

The attacks on a mother over parenting, culture and her love for her child demonstrate that political correctness is bullying, unthinking, brash and racist. And the racists chose the most accepting venue of all - Australian Masterchef - to demonstrate the worst side of so called progressivism and liberalism.

Australian Masterchef is literally half a world away from its namesake in the USA where bitchiness, bullying and upset are a carefully staged and encouraged part of the entertainment. In Australia, the word contestants use about their group above all other is "family." Simply being far from home and loved ones and with little or no contact with them, they live in a pressure-cooker environment where there is a level of support from the crew, including the judges and guest judges that is extraordinary. When someone falls, the whole group feels distress. When someone is successful, the whole group feels elation. Off-camera, genuine friendships are formed and visits and cookery classes and practice are group activities. While we, the audience, see the show, behind it there is serious training and education and, most of all, learning.

The closeness of the group is wonderful: the nervous are buoyed up by the group. In "pressure tests," which is exactly what one of the exercises is, those who are not competing to stay in the competition in a sudden-death play off are encouraged by those not taking part who stand on the gallery and call down words of encouragement and advice. In the American version, they are far more likely to be heckled.

It is a group that is, every season, a motley collection of diverse sexual attitudes, races, backgrounds and even personality development which gels into a team, albeit one that knows that there is a life-changing competition to be won. And after a contestant leaves, they continue to get support and helped to take their first steps into the culinary world that they all dream of entering with placements in restaurants both in Australia and overseas or guidance on setting up their own small ventures. It is extremely rare to see a contestant who does not leave and go into the industry.

The fact that, at its heart, the contest is "Survivor" with kitchen equipment, does not turn the contestants into animals, backbiting and undermining each other in a horrible pastiche of "Big Brother." The show becomes the thing to beat, not each other.