OFFENSIVE QUESTIONS ANSWERED
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.”
YOU CAN’T ASK THAT, ABC, TONIGHT, 9.20PM