Aussie PM pitches into Carmen banmain
‘Political correctness gone crazy’ is what Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott thinks of the Western Australia health-kick ban on Carmen.
Mr Abbott, no fan of the arts, went on to say in a Melbourne radio interview that opera is ‘an exaggeration and if we are running around looking to take offence or looking to spread some politically correct message, just about every opera would be forbidden.’
Quite right, but the ban still stands in Western Australia and the state opera company’s manager, Carolyn Chard, sounds quite proud of it. Her statement says: ‘We are about the health and wellbeing of our staff, stage performers and all the opera lovers throughout Western Australia, which means promoting health messages and not portraying any activities that could be seen to promote unhealthy behaviour.’