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What the hell has happened to The Block?

OPINION

10.9.2019

The Block used to be a better class of reality show — something family-friendly everyone could enjoy. Now it’s just MAFS in hi-vis and hard hats.

OPINION

tried to defend the homophobic stereotyping that had been repeatedly levelled at the contestants in House 1, Mitch and Mark. Finally fed up with being perpetually marginalised as “the gay couple” with the endless references to their loud party house and feather boas and Mardi Gras and disco music, they finally exploded. “In 2019, homophobia is not f***ing on,” spat Mitch furiously. This was too much for Scott Cam. His response was to do exactly what every member of a dominant group does when someone hurts their feelings by pointing out the truth of their behaviour. He doubled down. Scott Cam explains his comments to Mark and Mitch. Picture: Channel 9 Source:Channel 9 First he tried about six different explanations for the allegation — always a telltale sign of a weak defence. He wasn’t responsible for any of the judging, he was simply the messenger! He didn’t even know what the two men were even upset about! They called it a party house too! Nothing was meant by any of it , Cam protested, wide-eyed, as he confronted the two men — or “boys” as they’re perpetually known. It is a party house, surely Mitch and Mark can accept that. He and the judges were simply referring to the couple’s target buyer as “cashed-up empty nesters” — not a “gay couple”! Not even one little bit! “I was perplexed! I was flabbergasted!” Cam cried, making sure both men knew that their hurt feelings were nothing compared to his own hurt feelings about being accused of hurting their feelings. Acutely aware of the hi-vis power imbalance standing right in front of them, Mitch and Mark made themselves small. They nodded and placated and tried to let it go. “We accept that and thank you,” they said politely. That, however, wasn’t good enough for Scott Cam. He’s been wronged, and would not stop until that wrong was made right. He wanted an apology. “Some things were said about my character,” Cam told the men. “About me, with regards to you guys, and I don’t accept that. I was expecting you to say sorry once I’d explained it but you didn’t say sorry. You said ‘thank you’. So that’s it.” And with that, he turned on his heel and stormed off set. Scott Cam demanded an apology from Mark and Mitch. Picture: Channel 9 Source:Channel 9 The perpetrator — one of them, anyway, everyone who produced or edited the show played a part in this — had become the victim. What a sickening sleight of hand. It’s not the first instance of nastiness directed at contestants this season. Several weeks earlier a plot line nearly pushed Perth mum El’ise — who has openly spoken about her struggles with anxiety — over the edge by openly taunting her in front of another constant, Mel, about her poor budgeting skills. El’ise, who along with husband Matt has made it plainly clear that they are here in a desperate attempt to provide for their children’s education, sobbed her heart out on camera. El’ise was pushed to breaking point by the show earlier this season. Picture: Supplied Source:Channel 9 The Block ’spivot from renovation show to contestant character assassination feel so deeply uncomfortable. With dating shows, the participants are fair game. Some of them are nominally there “for the right reasons” but they’re just as committed to leveraging their profiles to become “brands” and “influencers” and “the new face of various d-grade cosmetic procedures”. When you make yourself, your looks and your behaviour into a commodity, you’re fair game. But The Block contestants are there because they have a genuine skill, one they want to use to win prize money that betters their lives, not because they want to get a lifetime of free lip filler. That doesn’t make them heroes but it does mean they deserve to be spared a constant kicking by a show whose success rests on their shoulders. Earlier this year, when Read more: news.com.au

Earlobes tucked. It's a show for stuck up people to buy lavish items that the average Aussie cannot afford! Time to do up the Aussie battlers home simular to the show Selling Houses Australia!!! problem is they get people not interested in reno but more in their 15 minutes of fame looking for that next gig.

Well for starters they allow a total bitch like Elise on the show asking for money they haven’t earned !! A total grub and I hope she loses . What an absolute Dog 🐕!!!! 😂 sorry. Is this a serious question Staged crap is what it is!

Woman, 43, living in nursing home wants out'My number one goal is to get the f--- out of the nursing home,' she told the aged care royal commission, with the help of her speech pathologist. 9News

Lambie to block union-busting bill if 'bloody meathead' Setka quitsOutspoken Senator Jacqui Lambie would move to stop the government’s industrial relations bill immediately if John Setka quit Victoria’s peak construction union. CroweDM At the moment Setka seems to be the one with the integrity CroweDM Just like she was going to ‘block’ the undue card? Her word means nothing. CroweDM She’s full of shyte. Same bs with the welfare drug testing.

Jess and Norm from The Block split up after a spat about BaliJess Eva has revealed that she was “dumped” by her partner of nearly 10 years during a booze-fuelled spat on the weekend.

Mitch and Mark’s fiery clash with host Scott Cam was finally put to an end tonightThe explosive two-episode stoush between The Block contestants Mark and Mitch and host Scott Cam finally came to an end tonight. Good !!

Nauseating reaction to couple’s bedroom detailA Block judge shared their very personal response to a design detail in this couple’s bedroom — and now we can’t unsee it. theblock theblockau theblock9 I saw the same thing before she mentioned...I thought it was just me TheBlockAU I saw it straight away a vomiting women

Apple's new phone won't blow you away - but it doesn't need toIt used to be the coolest kid on the block, but now Apple is reduced to playing catch-up to its more savvy rivals. Sheeple. And the SMH is out of date by a long way, but won't lie down. Only buy if it’s bendable and able to communicate with my ALIENS mates 😝😜



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