He’s trying to manufacture a scandal over the fact that the ALP candidate for the upcoming by-election for the seat of Gippsland did, as part of his duties as a cultural festival organiser in the region last year, support and promote a show for the festival fringe which featured a comedy musical act called The Beautiful Losers, which in itself seems inoffensive enough, but where Milne sniffs a “potentially devastating blow” for the ALP is that the poster for the show featured a blow-up sex doll(!!!) and the group’s performance features repeated reference to various forms of sexual gratification (!!!!).
Milne then goes into a frenzy of detail about the sex acts referenced in the musical comedy show that rivals Fred Nile’s extraordinary documentation of the many sexual perversions and acts of depravity portrayed in the film Caligula many years ago. Now, it doesn’t appear, from the description, that it would be a show that I would necessarily rush out to see, even if their musicality is as exceptional as claimed. However, as the candidate Darren McCubbin mentions,
“It came to us as an award-winning adult comedy and we advertised it as an adult show. At the moment the people of Sale are receiving their fourth tour of Puppetry of the Penis after surviving The Vagina Monologues.”
So, really, what’s the big deal about a show featuring some smutty songs? (NB I don’t believe the show actually features that particular song) Are the people of Gippsland really such delicate flowers?
It’s hard not to think that Milne (a) can’t stop himself sharing a juicy story that someone has leaked to him even though it’s trivial, and (b) thinks that the furore over the Bill Henson photos of nude minors might magically attach itself to this comedy act even though it features consenting (and fully clothed) adult performers and a consenting adult audience.