Another day, another TV gaffe, right? This time, we take you to Australia, the land, er Down Under, with ABC journalist Fauziah Ibrahim.
Is 8am too early for a sex joke on breakfast television? Maybe, but it’s happening, so we’re just going to roll with it.
Ibrahim was presenting a segment on the weekend alongside Dan Bourchier which focused on a robotic finger. And all was going well until a shot of the digital digit, which was glossy and pink and we’ll leave the description there, flashed on the screen.
In absolutely chaotic scenes during the segment, Ibrahim said the robotic finger – which, in an attempt to make it look realistic, has been covered in human skin cells – was ‘warm and sweaty’ before suggesting: ‘It looks like it needs AA batteries … It might do something else.’
Bourchier was left utterly speechless, but attempted to carry on with a straight face, adding the finger in question perhaps just needed ‘a bit of sun’.
Not really getting the hint to move things along, or at least cease with the early-morning innuendo, Ibrahim insisted: ‘I’m telling you it needs an AA battery and it probably vibrates.’
Reading the room, with Bourchier raising his hand to his mouth in shock, she laughed: ‘Too early?
‘Too early for a breakfast show? Welcome to Weekend Breakfast, everybody.’
Some viewers felt the joke was, yes, perhaps a little too early and not at all appropriate for breakfast telly, with one asking the broadcaster on Twitter: ‘I’m not a prude but is it acceptable for a ABC presenter to ridicule a robotics finger by making a juvenile reference to a vibrator and dildo? Why are we getting this smutty garbage on our screens?’
‘Just when you thought it was safe to have Fauziah back on @abcnews breakfast she makes a dildo joke at 8.12am,’ another mused, referencing Ibrahim’s recent return to screens after being stood down from on-air duties in April. ‘Poor Dan was gobsmacked!’
However, not everyone was clutching their pearls at the early hour, as one wrote: ‘I loved it!!! Good to see a bit of humour at breakfast.’
Ibrahim has only been back on air for two weeks after the journalist was cleared following an investigation into comments made on her Twitter earlier this year.
She was stood down from on-air reporting duties on April 25 after it was discovered she’d created two public Twitter lists describing her followers as ‘lobotomised s**theads’ and ‘Labor trolls/thugs’.
At the time an ABC spokesperson told The Guardian: ‘The ABC is reviewing recent social media activity by presenter Fauziah Ibrahim, who has taken a break from on-camera duties but remains part of the Weekend Breakfast team.’