Media Sensationalism of Chicken Sex Video

Posted in Thoughts by Sandra on April 10, 2009

Recently in the news there’s been some major hoohah over a video that senior members of AFL club North Melbourne, Adam Simpson and Daniel Pratt helped produce. The media has slammed the video as ‘tasteless’ and ‘degrading’. The AFL said it was ‘totally inappropriate and offensive’. The two players involved were full of apologies, ‘ashamed’ and ’embarrassed’.

I managed to find the original video, re-posted by one of those who contributed to the product of the video here. Here’s what the poster of the video said of it:

This is the video those (anonymous) North Melbourne players put up on facebook.
Clearly this was completely blown out of proportion.
There was no need to apologize.
Its funny that there is a three warning policy for drugs but if somebody makes a funny video some vegan doesn’t like they get instantly crucified.
Obviously this is just a mix between over reacting vegans and media trying to juice a story from it all.. and the AFL just wants to please everybody.
Also the hairy armpit brigade was on full winging capacity.
The only people that find this offensive are the kind of people that would winge about it and make a scene.
the reason this was uploaded is:
A) i helped in the making of it. hence, i have the right to put it up.
B) to show people that the video was absolutely nothing and the media are a bunch of rats willing to make a dime at anybody’s expense.
C) to show that words such as “Porn” and “violent” clearly do not apply to this video.

When people say things like “This is depicting illegal acts!” they must not have seen an episode of “Law and order” or any other crime show without getting offended.
the only way to imagine this as being sexist i guess would be to replace the chicken with a woman. which would be sexist in the first place. Hence, feminists are sexist towards women… and chickens…lol
This goes to show how easy it is to offend people depending on the person (so called offender)
Those feminists chose to be offended because of the guys making it.
if it was a female making the video there would have been no action from anyone.

And do not say we did not warn you!
Clear warning at the start, and we even blurred out the faces of those who did not give us consent to be in it.

Personally, I agree that the media has chosen the most sensational and harshest approach and taken millions of readers along for the ride.

Was the video tasteless and well, a bit on the violent side at the end? Yes.
Was there any indication that the frozen chicken was “female”? No.
Was it fodder for the media, considering that there are more ‘important’ things to cover? Yes.

In the news report on MSN News, the last paragraphs contained a statement from Adrian Anderson (AFL football operations manager) on the AFL’s stand on the issue:

“There is nothing acceptable about this incident and it is offensive to women and indeed to all members of the community,” AFL football operations manager Adrian Anderson said in a statement.

“The AFL will work very closely with North to reinforce the messages in the (league’s) respect and responsibility policy that violence against women is never okay and that anything that can be seen to condone violence against women is never okay.”

Do you notice how they have concluded and assumed that the frozen chicken was a female? What does this speak of the society’s attitude itself, considering that there was no indication that the chicken was a female? They could be depicting same-sex intercourse for all we care: penetration is no longer only for male-female interaction.

All I’m saying is, maybe we should take a step back, and not be so narrowminded before we beat down worse on the videos’ creators just because two of them are famous players in the AFL. There’re tonnes of videos much worse out there (like this and <a href=”this.) and they don’t get such abuse because they’re just not that well known.

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