The makers of controversial poverty porn documentary Struggle Street have denied reports they planned a follow-up which could damage the reputation of people who actually matter.
Mayor of Woollahra Cr Penny Goldmine who is on a mission to stop SBS from making the three-part series about the everyday lives of Point Piper residents living it large, claimed the show makes out people who live on Wunulla Road are more vacuous than the Real Housewives of Melbourne and less in touch with reality than Prince Charles.
A promo for the series seen by The (un )Australian depicts a women’s magazine editor breaking the jaw of a Filipina maid, a sixteen-year-old textiles heir writing off his third Lamborghini on the Bilgola bends and a family sitting down to BBQ swan in front of the cinema for Friday night take-out.
Cr Goldmine said it was proof of how out of touch the national broadcasters are that very few if any SBS employees would have grown up as children of the one percent. Cr Goldmine said if SBS was seriously interested in representing all of Australia Francesca Packer-Barham would be hosting Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam and the fact she isn’t “speaks volumes”.
The communications minister Malcolm Turnbull, a resident of nearby Wolsely Road, is reportedly furious with the documentary makers albeit flattered that he is well lit in the initial rushes.
SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid said fortunately the federal government has already stripped the broadcaster of its funding or else it would be in serious trouble.