Sexy Rebecca Romijn doesn’t cut it as a transgender male, and it seems Sam Newman is a product of a sexist, racist TV culture
Gender bender wrong
from Peter, Forest Hill REBECCA Romijn might have an insatiable curiosity when it comes to sexuality, but neither she nor the producers of Ugly Betty did enough homework before using a very feminine Rebecca to portray a transgender male. Sadly, for those caught in gender confusion there is no possibility of changing sex in such a pristine way. Males always retain some male characteristics when ‘‘converting’’ to women as do women when converting to men. This false portrayal is very misleading and could create unreal expectations for someone thinking about gender reassignment.
Not all Sam’s fault
from Irene, email ONE cannot entirely blame Sam Newman, even though his antics have grown very tiresome, particularly in a man who is supposed to be mature. Racism and, in particular, sexism are alive and well in television and this is quite evident on commercial channels that give women a ‘‘use-by’’ date while their male counterparts do not need to worry about age, looks or, to a lesser extent, what they wear. Also, why are people being paid money to be loud, aggressive and abusive towards others? No wonder so many people are rude when the media sanctions such behaviour. How about paying people to be kind, respectful and show some empathy towards others? Now that would make a change.
Unable to hate Lilley
from Alison, West Norlane I’M surprised anyone could dislike the total genius of Chris Lilley (Guide, May 21). His shows We Can Be Heroes and Summer Heights High are masterpieces of Australian comedy. He is absolutely brilliant.
Rather laugh than learn
from Heather, Patterson Lakes I’M AN avid fan of comedies and game shows. I have a laugh each night enjoying Two and a Half Men. It’s funny, it’s hilarious and the actors are so good. Please bring back the British comedies, too, and give us a break from the underground-world rubbish, the news, the dilemmas and the drugs.
Navy or love boat?
from Ken, Cheltenham I’M A big fan of Sea Patrol, but it’s becoming a bit like the Love Boat. If our navy is as soft on illegal activities as they are, we’re in trouble.
Put execs on the box
from Curious, email I’D LIKE to see a show featuring TV executives. I want to know something about these strange, creepy people who control our TV. The people who think Kyle Sandilands is a TV presenter; the people who think Tony Squires and the other losers from Big Brother: Big Mouth make entertaining TV; the people who put a bricklayer and an abattoir worker in the BB house, tell them to be themselves, but threaten to evict them when they are; and the people who tell Sam Newman, a few weeks after his show won a Logie, to get counselling for saying what he thinks. Who are these people and which planet do they come from?
US election irrelevant
from Peter, Bonbeach COULD someone please remind our newsrooms that we are living in Australia? Why are we constantly hearing about the US election race as the lead story on our nightly news services? Isn’t anything happening in Australia these days? I, for one, don’t give a tinker’s cuss about American news, nor, I would expect, would most Australians. Start reporting on our own country first before telling us about the other rubbish.
Judging the judges
from Wondering, Geelong I’M STARTING to wonder whether they will even bother showing the performers on Australia’s Got Talent because somebody evidently finds the judges and audience members heaps more entertaining than the performers. It seems the only way to see the acts is to be in the audience. No wonder there are no variety shows on TV if this is how they are treated.
from Macca, Morwell I’M THINKING of rocking up for brekkie at ABC’s Southbank studios and having some of 774’s Jon Faine’s yummy fruit bread that he keeps going on about.
from Geoff, email WHOEVER wrote or directed the closing shots for Underbelly should be sacked immediately for ruining a great production.
Good onya, Billy
from David, email CONGRATULATIONS to Billy Brownless, you’ve persuaded me to watch the Footy Show show again instead of doing the ironing while it’s on.
Dressed to appeal
from J. Dorian, Aspendale TIM Campbell should take a look at old versions of the Wheel and how the presenters look. The whole format of Million Dollar Wheel of Fortune looks flat, sounds noisy and is unappealing. Please return Bargain Hunt. The presenters were all cleanshaven, well-suited people, were great presenters and really liked people. I know Campbell is young, but when a show like Wheel had a tradition of well-dressed presenters perhaps he has been ill advised. I’m old hat perhaps. I now turn off after Antiques Roadshow repeats and prepare dinner.
Tim’s tip top
from Hairy, email PATRICIA of Viewbank (Guide, June 4) doesn’t like Tim Campbell’s hair. What does her hair look like? If she watched Wheel she would see that Tim is shaven.
Bring back the balls
from Jill, Dallas I AGREE with Elliot and Chris (Guide, June 4). Can we have Lotto in full and can we have it at 8.30pm when it used to be on? I amsick of waiting around for it to come.
from Nicholas, Brighton East IS it too late to get Gretel back? Kyle S and ‘‘Tackie O’’ combined have about as much personality and warmth as a piece of driftwood. Having these two peanuts host the show could finally cure me of my secret shame that is Big Brother.
Inaccurate: Rebecca Romijn’s new role in Ugly Betty is misleading.