‘It Was Alright In The 1970s’ is one of those cheap television shows which looks like it was created by a lazy git with no imagination. A lazy git who seems to love compiling old footage to form a shoddily put together documentary which is then inter-dispersed with annoying D-Listers’ thoughts and summations. The premise of this show is simple; to show the audience that back in the 1970’s television was horridly backward, and what was acceptable back in the day is frowned upon today. According to Channel 4, only in the seventies was racism aired on TV, and sexism and homophobia was only accepted back then, hell all kinds of prejudice was rife in the latter part of the twentieth century, but today we all live in a prejudice-free utopia without even a hint of offensiveness.
‘It Was Alright…’ is a particularly condescending TV show where the viewer is told that society has made so much progress over the last forty-odd years, but if you ignore the deceitful dicks that put this programme together, you can plainly see these sentiments are absolute garbage. For every offensive show or character they call out, you can name one from the noughties to the present day. In fact I found more instances of blackface, brownface, and yellowface in the last decade than in the seventies – so much so that I ran out of space on the right-hand-side of the frigging collage above.
So when this show says crap like “look at all those occasions when blackface was shown on seventies TV!” or “look at those racist stereotypes in the seventies!”, I assume they’re ignoring every single Sacha Baron Cohen character, they’re ignoring Ashton Kutcher and Rob Schneider’s racist portrayals of Asians, and they’re ignoring the minstrel-esque Robert Downey Jr. in ‘Tropic Thunder’. When they yell “look at all the caricatured gay presenters like Larry Grayson in the seventies!”, they seem to be ignoring people like Alan Carr. In fact I haven’t seen much in the way of non-camp portrayals of homosexuality on today’s TV at all. And when it comes to sexism, I can’t even be bothered to list all the times when the sole focus of a women is on their “sexiness” or “beauty”. And when a non-stereotypical female character finally makes it to mainstream television, the Actor in question seems to get down to their underwear for photo-shoots in order to promote the show… that’s real progress.
The whole spiel of ‘It Was Alright In The 1970s’ is completely hypocritical and utter bullshit. When the commentators on the show say shite like “well, that was because rich white males controlled TV in the seventies”, you should ask yourself, who’s the current people in charge of our mainstream TV Channels? For that matter, who’s in charge of Channel 4 Television Corporation? The answer… their Chairman is an old white man (and Baron) called Terrence Burns and their CEO is an old white man called David Abraham who gets a salary of £490,000 every year. Wow, a lot has changed.
And what of the narrator Matt Lucas himself? Surely he has been responsible for caricaturing homosexuals as one-dimensional über-camp characters too, and oh yes… there were also the numerous times he and David Walliams donned blackface in the name of so-called comedy.
The next time these lying bastards tell you our society has made great strides when it comes to accepting different creeds and cultures, when they tell you that discrimination against race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation no longer exists, you need to acknowledge that it’s a fabrication, a distortion of the truth. These days anything prejudice is labelled “satire” or “social commentary”, but in truth it’s just the same old bigotry, re-branded and placed in some shiny new packaging. Instances like this programme is simply propaganda created to glaze over this devolution of contemporary art and entertainment. Take a look around, watch some TV or movies, watch some music videos and adverts… we’ve made absolutely no progress whatsoever.