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Gogglebox Talk: Reality check

Every evening in Australia, more than four million of us choose to spend a night in front of the telly. Have you ever wondered what other people are watching and how they're reacting to the shows you're loving or hating?

This week, the Goggleboxers tuned into the Australian TV series Go Back to Where You Came From, which sees eight Aussies with staunch views walk in the steps of refugees and asylum seekers.

Strong ideals

The first person the Goggleboxers witness going to visit war-torn Syria, is the former Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie.

“We don’t need extras, go somewhere else or stay where you are,” she says. 

Jad replies with gusto.

“I’m a refugee, I came to Australia when I was four years old,” he tells Matty and Sarah-Marie. “And it took us eight years to get our citizenship and look at me now, something good came out of me and I’m a refugee.”

When the Goggleboxers see footage of a city with 80 per cent of its buildings crumbling around the inhabitants, they can’t hide their shock.

“Oh, it’s absolutely horrific,” Di says.

Then Jacqui meets a man named Hassan who tells her his house is now rubble and shows her a video of his family celebrating a special occasion. The video is particularly poignant as he goes on to say that just days later all his family were killed in an air strike.

Hitting home

The reaction from the Gogglboxers was fiercely emotional.

“That’s just one family, there are so many,” Yvie says through tears.

“Can’t people see, that’s why people are fleeing these places?” Adam asks.

While Matty shares a deeply personal story.

“My mum tells the story of moving my sister out of the front room because there were explosions happening near the front of the house," he says. "Do you want people to stay in a place like that, or take a chance and get on a boat and come to Australia and hope that they let them in? I know what I would do.”

Changed views

Next up, ex-AFL footballer Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt travels to South Sudan to get a firsthand insight into refugee camps.

Before he visited South Sudan, Peter had controversial views on sending refugees, and their families, back to their country of origin if they commit any sort of crime in Australia. But afterwards, it was a different story altogether. 

“My views were pretty ill-informed to be honest, their culture definitely doesn’t say gangs and fighting; that’s not a part of their culture one little bit,” he explains. “You wouldn’t wish to send any family back to a refugee camp and we’re able to voice our opinions a lot stronger because we’ve been here and seen it.”

The Goggleboxers respected his humbleness.

“He’s not afraid to say, ‘I was wrong’,” Isabelle says.

Conversation starter

As the credits rolled, the Goggleboxers sat in stunned silence.

“That was a really confronting show,” Matt says.

But then, it got everyone talking. 

“You know what I loved about this show, it started us talking," Kate says. "We’ve never spoken like this before, we’ve never really thought about it nor talked about it."

Gogglebox continues on Lifestyle, Wednesdays at 7.30pm. Or watch it your way Foxtel GO

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