ABC started 2023 with an outpouring of anger and disappointment from Australian viewers who blasted the network for its “woke” New Year’s Eve coverage of Sydney’s celebration which featured drag queens and a segment devoted to Indigenous artists Carmen Glynn-Braun and Dennis Golding, creators of the 9 p.m. “Calling County” fireworks display.
The ABC's live New Year's Eve coverage has been slammed by viewers who branded the show 'woke' and 'a disgrace'. 9pm fireworks display Calling Country fireworks display. #woke #disgrace #SydneyNYE #Sydney #ABCNYE #ABC pic.twitter.com/Coq0kknWJ0
— Brandi Worlds News (@BrandiSaari) January 1, 2023
Drag Queen Courtney Act took to the stage with a tribute to Olivia Newton-John and a version of the Divinyls hit, “I Touch Myself.”
It was enough to prompt many viewers to take to Twitter with their frustrated complaints.
“What an absolutely boring 9 p.m. display with absolutely boring, unknown ‘music,’ and with what is supposed to be a celebration for all, being hijacked by a woke minority,” fumed one viewer. “What an absolute disgrace, a display of the exclusion of the majority.”
“Could they have missed the mark more with the kids’ fireworks music selection?” tweeted another. “I’m sure many kids are saying WTF was that. It’s really not that hard~just get Bluey to sing baby shark then run TikTok vids~ save the obligatory woke snooze fest for the adults’ fireworks.”
“I watched the pre 9 o’clock ABC,” wrote a third, “and I thought I’d been spiked with LSD.”
What an absolutley boring 9pm display with absolutley boring, unknown "misic", & with what is supposed to be a celebration for all, being hijacked by a woke minority. What an absolute disgrace, a display of the exclusion of the majority #nyeabc
— David Lester (@DavidNotALP) December 31, 2022
#SydneyNYE could they have missed the mark more with the kids fireworks music selection? I’m sure many kids are saying WTF was that. It’s really not that hard~just get Bluey to sing baby shark then run TikTok vids~ save the obligatory woke snooze fest for the adults fireworks.
— River Everdeen (@NaffStuff) December 31, 2022
The displeasure was echoed over and over again in brutal tweet after brutal tweet.
“People think taxpayers’ money is wasted on NYE fireworks,” tweeted one user. “Then #ABCNYE takes that money down the toilet to a whole new level.”
“Looks like @ABCTV #SydneyNYE is trying to appeal to a younger audience this year but they don’t seem to understand young people don’t stay at home on #NYE watching the #ABC,” stated another.
“Sick of the LGBQZ community shoving there (sic) values down our families while telling the very vast majority we are the wrong ones,” yet another raged.
Retty sick woke display.
Sick of the LGBQZ community shoving there values down our families while telling the very vast majority we are the wrong ones.
Hate Cult against families #SydneyNYE
— Dave Ellison (@Williamolly) December 31, 2022
Meanwhile, back in the States, CNN, a network in desperate need of redemption following the loss of half its viewers, had its own cringeworthy moments.
Morning host Don Lemon managed to make an Azz of himself–despite CNN’s vow to limit its hosts’ alcohol intake during the live coverage.
“CNN has redeemed itself by ringing in the new year in New Orleans with ‘Back That Azz Up’ and not acknowledging the stroke of midnight in any way,” noted one Twitter user.
CNN has redeemed itself by ringing in the new year in New Orleans with "Back That Azz Up" and not acknowledging the stroke of midnight in any way pic.twitter.com/tieCeHc4sA
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 1, 2023
True enough, Lemon was chucking beads into the audience and, thanks to an earpiece malfunction, was oblivious to the fact that the big countdown to midnight was taking place.
Said one Twitter user, “He had one job.”
He had one job.
— T (@terryaschmidt) January 1, 2023
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