By Stephanie Juleff
FULL disclosure: I’m not a huge AFL footy fan.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a grand final, I love a live game or two and I love the atmosphere.
I don’t, however, get all obsessed throughout the season and I don’t give a hoot who wins the Brownlow.
But I will flick the channel over to have a look (read: judge) at the dresses on the red carpet. While the ads are on the channel I’m actually watching of course.
But, I need to ask: what in the world of football was with the vapid, yawn-worthy coverage of the so-called “Gownlow”?
Most. Uncomfortable. Viewing. Experience. Of. The. Year.
Channel 7 started its coverage with a cross to Rebecca Madden from the 6 o’clock news, whose lofty fashion credentials include wearing clothes to a variety of expensively dressed events.
She describes the “fashion frenzy” at Crown Casino, then looks down to some notes, the dresses being a far too complex topic to discuss without any cues apparently. She enlightens us from her notepad: “There are a lot of subdued tones here this evening, which makes it very much like old Hollywood glamour.”
Hmm. Deep stuff. Any “clean lines” anywhere I wonder?
I’m not the only one who thought the coverage was lacking.
The WAGs’ husbands and boyfriends (WAGs’ HABs?) were unhappy with the commentary from Foxtel’s Footy Fashion Police, lead by Alex Perry and Charlotte Dawson.
Collingwood’s Travis Cloke was reported as saying, “No females will ever want to go to the Brownlow after hearing what these blowers have to say about them.’
Ex Geelong player Cameron Mooney was similarly unimpressed with the fact they knew very few names.
Didn’t know names? Um, basic preparation, anyone?
Hint: grabbing a guest list with partners’ names on it, before the show starts, might be good idea.
Which brings up a good point. What sort of preparation did Channel 7 give to its red carpet team?
It seems as though the only training Pia Miller got beforehand was a beginners class in the use of superlatives. “Spectacular“, “gorgeous,” or “you just look spectacular/gorgeous” made up about 80 per cent of what I heard before I had to change the channel.
Honestly, I didn’t know the name of Jobe Watson until he won. I don’t care enough.
But the commentators know everything about him and show him respect as the night was about the award, which he won.
The WAGS may not be celebrities as such, but if the network thinks they are deserving of a red carpet special, they should also realise they are deserving of the respect of knowing their names.
Even if I only watch during the ads.