There was a promo shown last night on TV for A Current Affair which got me quite riled up at first. It was a typical ACA promo – reporter and camera crew going into a non-descript Asian restaurant, hands of the restaurant owner shoving the camera while the reporter says, “Don’t touch the camera. We just want to ask you why you don’t serve Australians?”
The promo served its purpose – it made me wanna watch it, even though I loathe ACA usually for its pandering to the lowest common denominator. My first reaction as someone who had worked in several restaurants and had run one myself was, “What restauranteur would turn away business on the basis of skin colour?” That’s a ludicrous idea. Money is money, the more the better.
So it was with a sense of dread that I sat down to watch it – I thought that they were gonna make the Asians look bad and they were gonna interview some rednecks on the street who will accuse the Asians of being racist amidst cries of “If they don’t like us, they shouldn’t come here in the first place.” Woohoo. It’s gonna be great TV!
And it turned out that the ACA report was quite fair and the reporter was very polite. The restaurant in question is a Korean restaurant in Nelson Bay, NSW which according to the owners only “serve Korean tourists”. When asked why by the reporter, one of them said that they have had problems with “Aussie” customers not liking the food or something. A lame excuse if you asked me. Plus “Aussie” customers are more cosmopolitan than people give them credit for.
In my view the restaurant is limiting their business unnecessarily for a very stupid reason. Sure you get the occasional problematic customers now and again, but they come in *all colours*. The Nelson Bay City Council is already looking into revoking their restaurant license.
The story was ludicrious all right but not for the reason that I had assumed at first. Hey you can’t blame me, ACA has a spotty track record when it comes to issues of race. In this instance however I do approve and agree that the restaurant owners should be punished just so that they know how idiotic they are.
[tags]Australian, television, multiculturalism, anti-racism[/tags]