Seven’s Sunrise Cops Viewer Backlash Over “Appalling”, “Blatantly Racist” Segment

Seven’s Sunrise Cops Viewer Backlash Over “Appalling”, “Blatantly Racist” Segment

A segment about Aboriginal adoption on Channel Seven’s breakfast show has drawn the ire of viewers, with some describing it as “appalling”, “nationally shameful” and “blatantly racist”.

Sunrise host Samantha Armytage was joined by controversial media commentator Prue MacSween and Brisbane radio host Ben Davis to talk about a push by the federal government to change adoption policies for indigenous kids.

Children’s minister David Gillespie is arguing that white families should be allowed to adopt abused Aboriginal children to save them from rape, assault and neglect.

MacSween said it would be “crazy to even contemplate people arguing against this”.

“We can’t have another generation of young Indigenous children being abused in this way, and this conspiracy of silence and fabricated PC outlook that it’s better to leave them in this dangerous environment,” she said.

“Don’t worry about the people who decry and handwring and say that this will be another Stolen Generation.

“Just like the first Stolen Generation, where a lot of children were taken because it was for their wellbeing, we need to do it again, perhaps.”

Davis praised Gillespie for standing up and saying what a lot of politicians are afraid to say out of fair of being labelled as racist.

“We need to be protecting kids, we need to be protecting Aboriginal kids and putting them back into that culture. What culture are they growing up seeing?” he said.

“Well, they’re getting abused, they’re getting hurt and they’re getting damaged.”

Armytage ended the discussion by saying, “let’s hope some sense prevails”.

Many viewers were quick to vent their disapproval of the Sunrise segment on social media, with some questioning why there wasn’t an Indigenous representative on the panel.

Seven declined to comment when contacted by B&T.


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