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||[May. 6th, 2010|06:01 am]
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I was vaguely behind Deveny until she went on the radio and refused to back down from her comments, saying "I'm edgy, I push the envelope, I can be taken out of context."
Here's a hint for everyone: any time any comedian describes themselves as "edgy" it usually means they're a wanker and they don't actually know what they're doing.
She's a whiny idiot.
I read her tweets and found most of them to be ordinary. The thing I dislike is The Age didn't seem to give a damn until they had a few complaints, expressing no problems with her before that. And they certainly had no problem drawing lots of attention to the tweets to create headlines.
Basically, if they are going to sack anyone for post stuff to the 'net, those people should be forewarned that behaviour outside The Age is kept an eye on, too.
But yes, most people who feel the need to say they are 'edgy', like the folks who describe themselves as 'cool', or smart, usually aren't.
I'd like to remind those people that "edgy" has a 'y' on the end. It means to skirt the edge without going over it. It doesn't mean being offensive because it's 'cool' and going over the edge.
While I haven't actually heard the original story (I have the gist), it's certainly not the first time that someone has lost their job due to comments they have made via social networking media. There was a case last year I think with someone making negative comments about their employer on Facebook who consequently was sacked.
The thing about social media is that someone is always following/reading, and you need to take that into account. I think journalists & other 'media personalities', and others under the public eye need to be extra vigilant, because lets face it: if I got on twitter & made a comment that someone found offensive then they might complain or just not read my feed anymore, no harm done. Someone under the public eye can be seen (even if it is not the case) as stating opinions as a representative of that organisation or whatever, people have an organisation to complain to, so it can get out of control for something that someone might have just said off the bat.
(That was very long and rambly and I hope it makes some kind of sense.)
The real shame here is that Deveny got fired for making jokes that weren't even any good. I highly suspect that she was as pissed as a lord when she made them since they sound an awful lot like drunk texting to me but she's still trying to defend herself with the old "Those people just don't understand satire" excuse that jerkhole comedians always use. (I should know, I'm a jerkhole comedian myself.) I'll agree that someone in the equation has a really feeble grasp of satire, but it wasn't the audience this time ...
Interesting that when a woman gets transgressive and says something silly and offends people, it's tar, feather and flaming torch time. When idiots like Neil Mitchell or Andrew Bolt say far more offensive things, they get concreted-in gigs on radio. There's a kind of glass-ceiling for loose cannons in the mediaspace we all occupy. If men do it, they're rewarded, if women do, they're crazy fuckwits.
Naw, it happens to men too. The Chaser guys got their show suspended for two weeks for an offensive sketch. A male Scottish comedian/magician at the comedy festival a few years ago was hounded out of the country for doing material about pedophilia.