Host of The Feed Marc Fennell explains why it is important to discuss racism in terms beyond just saying "Racism bad".
SBS Guide

27 Feb 2017 - 11:29 AM  UPDATED 27 Feb 2017 - 11:33 AM

The Feed this week will run a feature story every night that encourages viewers to face up to racism.

"It’s one thing to say 'FU to Racism', but one of the great advantages of a show like The Feed is that you can examine it from a lot of different angles. That’s what’s great about the show," explained co-host of The Feed Marc Fennell.

The week of stories is part of a broader season of shows on SBS designed to challenge preconceptions around race and prejudice. Specials produced for SBS include Is Australia Racist, Date My Race, and The Truth About Racism. It's intended to spark a conversation that already has a lot of Australia talking.

For The Feed, the Face Up 2 Racism season is about exploring the topic of racism in a way that builds upon subjects that are already discussed on the show. For viewers of The Feed, these are topics that feel like a natural fit.

"You can examine it in a way that is very personal and very authentic and seek to understand it, rather than saying ‘racism bad’.  I think we all understand racism is bad, but there are a lot of different ways to look at it from different points of view," Fennell said.

"We’re going to be looking at it from using the tools of satire, we’re going to be looking at it from an indigenous point of view, we’re going to be looking at it from the points of view from people who don’t think of themselves as racist. And, also, there’s an implicit racism that even people who don’t think they’re racist sometimes has.

"Sometimes the term 'racist' is chucked around as an easy insult, particularly on the Internet. We’re going to be unpacking that as well, too. The great advantage of The Feed is that you can look at it from a lot of different angles and tackle it in a way that’s not just going to make you tune out."

This week on the Feed:

MONDAY – Dating Racism

Laura Murphy-Oates investigates whether race plays a role in our dating preferences. Laura and the host of SBS documentary, Date My Race, go speed dating in Melbourne, talking race, dating, Tindr and love IRL.

TUESDAY – Telling Racist Jokes

The Feed sits down with seven Aussie comedians to find out how they deal with the ‘hot topic’ of race. Interviews include: Tom Ballard, Faustina Agolley, Black Comedy’s Aaron Fa’aoso, one third of the Axis of Awesome Jordan Raskopoulos, Arab-Australian Khaled Khalafalla, Fiona Choi from The Family Law and Sri-Lankan-Australian Dilruk Jayashinha.

WEDNESDAY – Don’t forget the Asian Peril

Comedian and sometime host of The Feed, Michael Hing, drops some truth-bombs that the ‘lame-stream’ media don’t want to talk about: the Chinese are coming for our jobs, our homes and our farmland. This is fact-based satire that shines a (sometimes uncomfortable) light on our attitudes towards foreign investment and ownership. Are we more concerned about Chinese buyers than American ones?

THURSDAY – Rachel Perkins

Marc Fennell sits down with Indigenous film director, Rachel Perkins. Best known for her films Bran Nue Dae, Radiance, and One Night the Moon, Rachel talks film-making, storytelling and keeping a connection to culture.

The Feed airs weeknights on SBS VICELAND Mon-Thu at 7:30pm. You can catch up on any episodes you've missed on SBS On Demand:

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