The Shire Raises The Ire Of The Shire Council – Election Year Perhaps?
Well you can tell it is an election year for Local Councils, with the Sutherland Shire Council starting to talk about community values. Also if the issue is completely irrelevant to what they should be doing all the better for them as it means they can be outraged over something they are not accountable for.
But why let good Government administration get in the way of a PR stunt by the Council and the local Mayor.
Local politicians in the area are taking exception that there is going to be a reality TV called The Shire made in and about young adults in their community. After seeing a leaked show clip they were concerned the show will be like US show Jersey Shore which is currently seen on MTV here. For those who have not seen Jersey Shore it is about young adults who are not real bright going out getting trashed and hooking up. There is a semblance of a plot line in there as well.
One could call it lowest common demoninator television, but it is entertaining. Criticisms can be aimed at these sorts of shows, but if they fit within current Australian TV broadcasting guidelines well so be it. Late night movies on SBS anyone?
The local Mayor Carol Provan has been getting quite vehement on the issue and told the SMH “I said to them I’d put a boomgate on the Captain Cook Bridge and Tom Uglys and keep them [the production company] out.”.
Before making statements like that she might want to check if she actually has the jurisdiction to do this. I very much doubt she does. But hell why let facts get in the way of a good media line.
Sutherland Shire Council were so outraged by the whole thing it even wasted time in a council meeting to pass a motion saying they did “not approve the filming of The Shire and [would] not co-operate in any way with the production.”
David Mott the programmer for Network Ten, who must be loving the publicity, has circulated a media release stating:
“Their concerns appear to be based on footage that was leaked online, footage that has triggered some inaccurate, misleading and – in some cases – mischievous reporting.”
Mott said the leaked footage was no longer a true representation of The Shire and it was incorrect to assume The Shire would be a clone of the American reality series Jersey Shore.
“The Shire will follow the lives of a group of young people who live in the Sutherland Shire. It will provide a very real glimpse into the private lives of a distinctive group of young Australians.”
A spokesperson at Shine told the SMH: “It’s not like Jersey Shore. Jersey Shore is a cable show for a 10.30pm audience. This is the real Home and Away, similar to The Only Way Is Essex. It’s PG-rated for a broad audience.” And as for what [the Mayor]Provan had seen on the video? “The video was shot roughly six months ago and some of the people in the video are not even in the final cast.”
The local Liberal State MP Mark Speakman also decided to get in on the action saying he wrote to the Head of TEN and Shine raising his concerns. Clearly he was also writing his press release at the same time.
In the Daily Telegraph Mr Speakman said “My argument is that if they are going to do a show called The Shire then they have to include all of the elements that make up the area and not just one, small stereotypical view that everyone is a blonde bombshell,” he said.
Local Council’s should be dealing with disposing of trash rather then talking about trashy TV shows, an issue even the Mayor admits they have no legislative control over.
The Shire will be shown on Network TEN later this year.