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Appropriateness Is In The Eye Of The Censor …
August 29, 2014, 6:10 am
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So I was recently watching television when just before the next program commenced – which was at 7:30pm – this notice came up:

Look at it.


Four countries – all in South East Asia – with vastly different perspectives of the appropriate audience for the show.

OK, to be honest, I have no idea what Taiwan or Korea are saying [though I’m assuming the land of Samsung suggests you should be 7 years of age to watch the show] but the big ones for me are Singapore and Malaysia.

Let’s be honest, given Singapore is a land of bland safety … I’m not really surprised they said it was a PG certificate, because this is a country that once ran a front page newspaper story about a man who didn’t wash his hands after coming out of a public toilet. No, that’s not a joke … that really happened.

But look at Malaysia.



Christ, they’ve managed to make Singapore look like more liberal than San Francisco and Portland put together.

I hadn’t thought about it before, but these ‘audience ratings’ are a very quick way to get an idea about how the local culture views or lives their life. Or should I say, how the local authorities want their people to view or live their life.

Of course it’s utter bollocks because despite what so many say, there are all sorts of weirdness and depravity that exists in both countries cultures … but that is nothing compared to the bollocks of both those ‘ratings’ given the show in question wasn’t some edgy comedy. Hell, it wasn’t even some news program with images of war or sexuality, it was this:


That’s right, it’s a bloody home improvement television show.

No, let me correct that.

A CANADIAN home improvement show … a nation so bland, it makes beige look like a sex, drugs and rock n’ roll addict.

And yes, I do know my wife is from there – how else do you think I got her to marry me!

Anyway, the only offensive thing about this show is the fact it exists, so unless the Singaporean or Malaysian Government did it because they don’t want their people to be subjected to shittier-than-shit “reality” television, they need to sort themselves out or they’ll have a generation that thinks owning a house is the equivalent of owning an STD.

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yesterday you show a picture of you dressed like a female jabba the fucking hut and today you write about a fucking canadian home improvement show featuring 2 twats who i wouldnt trust to pick a fucking banana.

what the fuck have we done to deserve such anger and cruelty to us? you bastard.

Comment by andy@cynic

1 he’s a planner.
2 he’s from Nottingham.
3 he thinks Queen are a good band.
4 he loves really bad (un)reality TV.
5 he ran out of things to write about after 8 years of saying the same thing over and over again.

Comment by DH

You could be my biographer.

Comment by Rob

yes, ive watched that show. its on fucking permenant repeat on canadian television. that and fucking alanis morrisette videos. another reason i hate being in vanfuckingcouver.

Comment by andy@cynic

You love that you have a house there don’t you.

Comment by Rob

Congratulations on managing to insult 5 different countries in 1 post. That’s an achievement even for you Rob.

Comment by Pete

It’s taken a lot of practice but I’m proud I’ve finally managed to achieve what so few thought I could ever do.

Comment by Rob

Having played on so much beige music, I guess you’d know.

Comment by john

If you have a lift and need some music, call Rob Campbell. He’s lift tunes connasieur.

Comment by DH

what the fuck is that excuse of a spelling for connoisseur. no, i didnt know how to spell the fucking word either till i looked it up but i fucking well knew it wasnt the way you fucking did it.

Comment by andy@cynic

Malaysia’s is the best rating. By the time they reach 18, they’ll have no wish to watch such rubbish.

And, don’t think your final sentence doesn’t reveal your true motivation as a real estate magnate.

Comment by john

He’s a reverse estate agent, he’s bought all the property himself.

Comment by DH

he probably owns all those fucking countries already. with my fucking stolen money. he makes ex#1 and #2 look humble and theyre the donald fucking trumps of ex wives.

Comment by andy@cynic

So are you saying you made him what he is today, Andrew?

Comment by George

Figuratively, metaphorically and financially. Ha.

Comment by Rob

financially yes. youre not putting all his other fucking shit on me.

Comment by andy@cynic

If those countries find blandom only appropriate for adults, what rating would they give you Rob? On the positive, you would finally be classed as being suitable for adults for once.

Comment by DH

I have to agree with you Robert, the most offensive thing about that show is the fact it exists. It is on almost permenant loop on the WE channel, interspersed with the US version which is equally as bad.

Comment by George

of course its the fucking same, its a fucking format. they even try and find the same fucking look of presenter. has the mighty g fucked with your head or something.

Comment by andy@cynic

Consider myself suitably chastised.

Comment by George

Funny. This show is benign as it never changes the dialogue, just the homes…

Comment by Bojenn

cheapest show ever made. record one episode then super impose the fuckwit presenters into different homes with different insipid fucking owners with different unforeseen fucking house problems and you have a fucking series.

Comment by andy@cynic

Hahahaha … that’s what Jill says. Literally. Especially the ‘unforeseen structural problem” which always ends up needing them to use some of the home improvement budget so the interior decorator cuts down the number of rooms she’s on the hook for, by 50%.

Comment by Rob

jill has a lot of fucking sense except in her choice of husband and procreation partner.

Comment by andy@cynic

They definitely need a refreshed script! Your comment made me lol…

Comment by Bojenn

I never knew about that show before and then I read this post and see 3 trailers for it today. Witchcraft.

Comment by DH

Lol, I enjoy that show, well the TO version only. And we like the colour beige, except when it comes to hockey. Then it’s all Red and White and yes, we will most certainly riot over that shit!

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