A writer who worked on the BBC‘s Bafta-winning series The Revolution Will Be Televised has slammed Australia as a ‘wasteland’ that he wishes the world could get rid of.
Heydon Prowse, also known for his environmental activism, described the country’s two main exports as ‘brunch and casual racism’ in a viral video.
‘Seriously, it’s a cultural and physical desert,’ the 40-year-old Londoner said during an interview with social media publisher Political Joe.
‘They’re quite good at brunch. Brunch and casual racism are their two main exports.’
Mr Prowse, who is half-Australian, made the comments while criticising the country’s lack of commitment to reduce carbon emissions, shut down coal industries and tackle climate change.
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Heydon Prowse (above) – a writer who worked on the BBC’s Bafta-winning series ‘The Revolution Will Be Televised’ – has slammed Australia as a ‘wasteland’ that he wishes the world could get rid of
Prowse, 40, from London, described Australia as ‘a cultural and physical desert’ during an interview with Political Joe
In October, Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison committed the nation to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 – but still faces mounting calls to do more.
Mr Morrison said the country can reach the target by relying on technology such as solar power and green hydrogen and without introducing any taxes.
Australia is one of the world’s highest per head of population greenhouse gas emitters and will not rule out building more coal-fired power stations, in a move that has disappointed the UK.
During the interview, Prowse pointed out Australia was still a major contributor to carbon emissions.
‘Isn’t per head of their population close to the US in terms of carbon emissions?’ he said. ‘They just drive around in SUVs.’
Mr Prowse criticised Australia’s deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce after he mocked Alok Sharma, president of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.
In a video, that has since gone viral, Mr Prowse said of Australians: ‘They’re quite good at brunch. Brunch and casual racism are their two main exports’. (Above, file image of diners in Sydney)
Mr Prowse with his Bafta award after The Revolution Will Be Televised won Best Comedy Programme in 2013. He has also presented a BBC Radio 4 documentary Green Inc
Mr Sharma became visibly emotional as last-minute changes were made to the wording of the climate pact in November.
The commitment to ‘phase-out’ coal was watered down to ‘phase down’ under the insistence of India and China.
‘May I just say to all delegates: I apologise for the way this process has unfolded and I am deeply sorry,’ Mr Sharma said.
‘I also understand the deep disappointment, but I think as you have noted, it’s also vital that we protect this package.’
Mr Joyce accused Mr Sharma of attempting to shut down industries in ‘other people’s countries’.
‘You know, it annoys me … what’s the guy’s name? Was it the chairman Sharma in Glasgow,’ Joyce said to the ABC.
Mr Prowse (pictured) has also staged several prank calls to high-profile figures in the past
Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison said his country can reach the target by relying on technology such as solar power and green hydrogen and without introducing any taxes – but he did not announce any new initiatives or funding. (Above, wind turbines near Canberra)
‘He was with his gavel and oh, I’m almost crying, I can’t do this.’
Mr Prowse was critical of Joyce for ‘taking the p***’ out of Mr Sharma before warning Australia needed to take stock of its own commitment to tackling climate change.
‘I don’t know what Australia is offering to the planet at this point?’ he said.
Mr Prowse’s comments struck a chord with Australians after a snippet of the interview was uploaded to TikTok.
Social media users were quick to step in and defend their country.
One person commented: ‘Umm Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures? The oldest culture in the world.’
Nuclear power is off the table in Australia – but Mr Morrison did not rule out building more coal-fired power stations in a move that will disappoint allies such as Britain, which wants to phase out coal around the world
Heydon Prowse: Prankster who once claimed Donald Trump wished to send a bouquet to Theresa May
Heydon Prowse is an activist, journalist, satirist, director and comedian.
He has worked as a writer and performed for hit BBC series ‘The Revolution Will Be Televised’.
He has also presented a BBC Radio 4 documentary titled ‘Green Inc’.
The series takes a look at the fashion industry and its attempts to make its workplaces more sustainable.
Mr Prowse has also staged several prank calls to high-profile figures.
In 2017, he called Number 10 Downing Street claiming to then-president Donald Trump wished to send a bouquet to Theresa May.
Source: Daily Mail UK