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Asking the Un-askable Questions!

Everyone knows that awkward moment when your child asks that incredibly awkward question in a very public situation. “Mummy, why does that person look funny?” or “Why is that lady so fat?”. The list could go on and on but these questions are incredibly awkward and offensive. In our society, we are becoming increasingly careful of the questions we ask. This isn’t a bad thing. It does however open the debate of political correctness and how far is too far. We become so careful to not offend anyone that we end up not being able to talk freely. Discrimination can often be based in a fear of the unknown. We don’t understand something about someone and so we fear it. Not asking questions can lead to these fears festering inside people.

A new TV program produced by the ABC is attempting to combat this discrimination by asking those un-askable questions. The program is called ‘You Can’t Ask That’ and I think that it is an awesome idea. It removes that fear of the unknown without pushing an agenda as to what opinion you should come to at the end. A group of people with a common issue are asked a series of questions that have been submitted anonymously online. The questions are not always comfortable to hear but they are questions that many people have secretly wondered. For example, asking a fat person why they are fat or asking a child with same-sex parents if they would support same-sex couples having kids.

The people being ask the questions are from all over Australia and all answer the questions differently. It brings to light the fact that everyone takes offense to different things and has different opinions on what is okay and what is not. It shows clearly how a person background affects their outlook on the topic and how somethings are just universally not okay.

Personally, I totally recommend you watch the show. It opened my eyes to the issues facing these groups of marginalised Australians and also the opinions I have formed incorrectly without understanding the full picture. The groups can range from refugees to transgender people to ice addicts. The series can be found online at ABC iView and each episode only goes for about 20 mins but it is definitely worth your time.