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Have you ever wanted to ask a sex worker if they get plea­sure from sleep­ing with clients? Or ask an Abo­rig­i­nal per­son how much money they get from the gov­ern­ment? Well plenty of peo­ple do ap­par­ently, which is why the mak­ers of new ABC series You Can’t Ask That tal­lied up the most com­mon ques­tions peo­ple have — no mat­ter how of­fen­sive — and put them to var­i­ous mi­nor­ity groups in or­der to get some an­swers.

The series starts tonight, fir­ing com­mon ques­tions at wheel­chair users. Do you care if peo­ple use the dis­abled toi­let? Next week, short-statured: How do you have sex with an av­er­age-sized per­son? Is dwarftoss­ing OK? Other episodes deal with in­dige­nous peo­ple, Mus­lims, ex-prison­ers, fat peo­ple and the ter­mi­nally ill.

In­ter­viewer and co-di­rec­tor Kirk Docker says the idea was in­spired by Red­dit fo­rums where peo­ple with unique back­grounds in­vite the on­line hordes to ‘Ask Me Any­thing’. “We just adapted it to the telly,” he says.

Peo­ple ei­ther ask, or dance around, these sorts of non-PC ques­tions all the time. “No one (we in­ter­viewed) was shocked and went: ‘I’ve never heard that be­fore.’ This time they got to an­swer it on their own terms.”


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