Dumb, Drunk and Racist
Are Australians dumb, drunk, and racist?
Every country has its stereotypes. Australia’s reputation is apparently the worst in India. In this six-part series, journalist Joe Hildebrand takes four Indians on a road trip around Australia to discover whether Aussies are really just a bunch of dumb and racist drunks.
Amer, 21, is a thoughtful and intelligent law student. Throughout the series, he seems the most deeply affected by what he experiences, the good and the bad. Mahima, 24, is a call center worker and the object of verbal abuse by angry Aussies who don’t want her to call them. Gurmeet, 26, is a journalist and a conservative guy who both applauds and is challenged by sex and gender issues in Australia. Radhika is an education consultant who advises students against going to study in Australia because it’s perceived as being dangerous for Indians.
Joe and the four Indians visit Sydney, Melbourne, Alice Springs, and the heartland of Australia, which happens to look and feel a lot like the heartland of America. In fact, much about this show feels familiar – the warmth, hard work, and friendly, welcoming attitudes as well as the anti-immigrant sentiment, ignorance, and the legacy of what was done to the country’s indigenous people.
I enjoyed Dumb, Drunk and Racist. Though it’s not particularly deep and it doesn’t ask the Indian tourists to examine India’s own cultural contradictions, it’s a humorous look at real issues and it was eye-opening at times.
Each episode is only 30 minutes. For those in Australia, you can watch it on the ABC website. For those of you in the U.S., I’ve collected the episodes on my YouTube channel. You are warned that the series contains coarse language, mild violence, and some nudity.
Have you seen Dumb, Drunk and Racist? What did you think?