Chaser skit “offensive to guide dogs”

Chaser's War On EverythingABC’s The Chaser program is again under fire for what a charity has described as a degrading and offensive skit about guide dogs.

The Chaser on Wednesday night aired a skit centred on an organisation called “Guide Dogs for the Blind and Munted”.

It featured guide dogs leading drunken men, one of whom smashes a bottle near a dog in harness.

Guide Dogs Queensland chief executive Chris Laine said her organisation had received a number of complaints from offended clients and had passed them on to ABC management and The Chaser team, Live News reports.

Ms Laine said of particular concern was the episode’s title and the “incorrect and debasing suggestion that guide dogs can be used to accommodate irresponsible and drunken behaviour”.

“Most alarming for us all was watching the wanton and dangerous smashing of a bottle near the guide dog – which is clearly seen to frighten the dog in harness,” Ms Laine said.

“If, as believed, this is an actual working dog guide then it is grossly inappropriate.

“In doing this skit, the Chasers have not only offended and degraded the work and dedication of guide dog schools around the world, but also the courage and commitment shown everyday by the many clients who use a guide dog.”


One Response to “Chaser skit “offensive to guide dogs””

  1. […] Gibson, issued a statement late this afternoon defending The Chaser after a skit on Guide Dogs (story) attracted criticism, saying: “Contrary to the statement released by Guide Dogs QLD, the guide […]

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