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Kate Miller-Heidke Vs AnthonyCallea: “Pot KettleFuckwit”

Kate Miller-Heidke’s appearance on Q&A last night has been severely attacked by prominent political campaigner, and former Australian Idol contestant, Anthony Callea.

Surrounded by one businessman and three politicians, Miller-Heidke didn’t offer many views or opinions during the show and fobbed off an enquiry about the carbon tax with a half hearted shrug and the comment “I don’t really care about either of them, to be honest, sorry”. However she did attack the Prime Minister’s leadership, especially on gay marriage, as “uninspiring”, “crushingly disappointing” and “morally vacant”.

The runner-up of the 2004 edition of Idol reviewed Miller-Heidke’s performance with a tweet announcing that “There is one person on the panel tonight that is a total waste of space….embarrassing rep for Gen Y! #qanda”. Miller-Heidke, who has a history attacking Australian Idol contestants, hit back with the retort “Pot Kettle Fuckwit” and announced that “I’m going to write a blog. Working title: ‘What’s it’s actually like to be on QandA’. It’s not all donuts and rainbows!”.

Fight! Fight! Fight!

We looking forward to seeing Callea and the now jobless members of Short Stack appearing to represent Gen Y on an upcoming edition of the show.

Kate Miller-Heidke has responded to the criticism of her Q&A performance in a lengthy post published on her Facebook page:

A Fish Called Qanda: Spewin’, Hey by Kate Miller-Heidke

Last time I was on Q and A, about 6 months ago, I went away thinking, ‘Well, as expected, that was quite unpleasant. I’d better not do that again.’

It was lovely to meet John Waters and to hear him explain the intricacies of tea-bagging to Tanya Plibersek and Christopher Pyne in the green room after the show. But besides that, it was awkward and weird and confronting and not at all an appropriate place for a non-political songwriter like me.

Then, about 2 months ago I had a request from the producers to come back. My first reaction was ‘no fucking way’. But they were going to let me sing my song, and that made all the difference. I still felt conflicted and tormented about it, but it was my song, my music, my new record, so I said yes.

I’m a musician. I want people to hear the songs I write and sing. Opportunities to play songs on TV in Australia are scarce. It’s pretty much morning television or Gordon St Tonight (which has finished for the year). Or Q and A.

I’m a fan of Q and A. Nearly everyone I follow on twitter live-tweets the show, and for that hour, it genuinely feels like I’m communing with the rest of Australia. It’s like gathering around a television with 40 of the smartest, funniest, most articulate people in the country, (nearly everyone I follow live-tweets Celebrity Apprentice too, but fuck that, I have my limits).

I suspect that nearly everyone who live-tweets Q and A harbours a secret desire to be on the show themselves. They think they could do a better job than the people on the panel, and that adds spice to the whole thing.

Also, Tony Jones is one of the most brilliant and charismatic people alive in the world today.

But I digress. In the weeks leading up to the taping, I had an anxious tangle in my stomach. I told Clementine Ford that my anus was quivering a little bit. She agreed that that is the feeling you get before appearing on Q and A.

Then, a few days ago, I found out that the theme of the show was the upcoming budget. There would also be discussion about interest rates and Craig Thomson.

I asked my manager to call the show’s producers, to ask them WTF. What meaningful contribution did they expect me to make, exactly? They assured us that the budget would be just one component of the discussion, and that there would still be opportunities for me to talk about social issues and the arts.

They said I would take a question from an audience member about singing. There was also to be a question about bullying on reality TV shows. (They don’t tell you the exact questions, but they give a broad outline about what topics are likely to come up).

I was hoping to talk about marriage equality and refugees, but those weren’t on the agenda. I’ve also done quite a lot of work with an anti-trafficking organisation in Asia, and I would have loved to speak about modern slavery. Still, I felt fine talking about singing and reality TV bullying.

The budget stuff, well, I didn’t know anything about it and I wasn’t going to pretend I did. Should I have bluffed my way into some half-baked stance about why the major banks don’t pass on interest rate cuts? Maybe, but I felt weary and dishonest just thinking about it. Why would anyone care what I think about that shit anyway? I figured if I just said I didn’t care, then we could move on and talk about more interesting things like singing and tea-bagging.

As anyone who saw it knows, we didn’t move on and the entire show was about Labor and unions and budgets and interest rates, and I felt about as useful as a waterproof teabag.

And then I did the song.

So there you have it. Thanks for listening. It was good to get that off my chest. I’m now going to put on Anthony Callea’s new album while I cry quietly in the bath..

According to The Age “A spokeswoman for Callea said he was providing no further comment on the matter”.

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MorningAfterboy said on the 8th May, 2012

Great way to cap off a slow news day.

Jo Jo

Jo Jo said on the 8th May, 2012

callea maybe ex-australian idol and possibly a 'f*ckwit', but miller-heidke%u2019s appearance on q&a was pointless. most of the discussion was on the budget and carbon tax, and she didn't engage in it. it's a shame because there is cuts in this year's budget to arts and culture funding, and no-one said anything.


Hinee said on the 8th May, 2012

i was thinking that. i still don't really know what that article was fully about


grattan said on the 8th May, 2012

Simple version:

Girl with new album to sell somehow got on Q&A but had little of note to say.
Near forgotten Austrian Idol runner-up sooked about it.
Girl sooked back with amusing joke.

(Or something like that)


tyler07 said on the 8th May, 2012

I'm not exactly the world's biggest KMH fan but my god, if we're going on the respective participants musical contributions then she wins hands down. And Callea should be shot.


MorningAfterboy said on the 8th May, 2012

Callea apparently has something to sell, too:

Honest Mike

Honest Mike said on the 8th May, 2012

jo-jo is pretty much on the money. i have no major issues with kat-mil-hei per se, but she simply should not have been there! it just confirms the direction that q-and-a has been heading for some time. me thinks tony jones thinks he's sam pham or adam hills at times....


batdan said on the 8th May, 2012

I would like to see Henry Rollins on Q&A.


ZePpLiNs666 said on the 8th May, 2012

If he is on it, it will be like the Dawkins V Pell match last month, and many will watch it.


grattan said on the 8th May, 2012

Get Liddiard on. Or Andrew "Falco" Falkous from Future of the Left.


daveyac8881 said on the 8th May, 2012

I lean to agree with Callea. What was she even doing on the show? She made that crazy Liberal ranting zealot on the other side of Tony Jones watchable by comparison.


RustyinBondi said on the 8th May, 2012

Hey it's clearly on the record that i think your full of shit, but you do raise a point about KMH.

KMH you need to stick at what your good at singing about pointless crap without your brain engaged. Leave politics to the adults.

But... Kelly O is not watchable at all!


RustyinBondi said on the 8th May, 2012

not surprising at all, nor inspiring unfortunately


RustyinBondi said on the 8th May, 2012

Howard VS Keating again! Especially if Don Watson is PK's speech writer!


MorningAfterboy said on the 8th May, 2012

What are you doing up at this hour? I thought you'd hate nighttime, what with all the black everywhere.


RustyinBondi said on the 8th May, 2012

Neither do you but your still up you ignorant fuckwit.

Just got back from a wine matched 10 course degustation meal and ready to pick a fight with you.

waylon black

waylon black said on the 8th May, 2012

She was fucking woeful, all I could think of was this.


berlinchair101 said on the 8th May, 2012

Callea loses by default for mentioning Gen Y.


Braveheart81 said on the 9th May, 2012

KMH was on a previous Q&A when John Waters was on and was actually quite decent and had plenty to say.

I didn't watch this one so it's hard to comment, but I'd guess that the ABC had reason enough to put her on again based of her previous performance. By all reports she was a complete letdown this time around as she didn't engage in the topic.

I can't imagine she'll be invited back for a third time.


daveyac8881 said on the 9th May, 2012

I missed the start of the show but all she said for the 40 minutes I was watching was "I really don't care" and "my muso friends can't even afford a loan so everyone else should shut up and stop bitching about interest rates"

oh and a never-ending anecdote about some time she went to a nursing home and it was dark and sad and blah blah blah


Bella said on the 9th May, 2012

KMH is a total waste of space on the best of days, at least Callea was keeping it real


grattan said on the 9th May, 2012


"A spokeswoman for Callea said he was providing no further comment on the matter".


i_have_ADD said on the 9th May, 2012

i never ever ever ever EVER want to read about kate miller-heidke's quivering anus ever again


grattan said on the 9th May, 2012

It will haunt your dreams! There's no escape.


MikeyMatroshka said on the 9th May, 2012

someone with political smarts would've been a better choice, but you can only talk about what you know i suppose.
i'd love to see some better choices made for the shows speakers if they're going to use musicians/artists.


Braveheart81 said on the 9th May, 2012

Oldgregg fainted when he read that.

From excitement.

Jose Cuervo

Jose Cuervo said on the 9th May, 2012

I was expecting this from you


gumbuoy said on the 9th May, 2012


burgaa said on the 9th May, 2012

better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt


borntohula said on the 9th May, 2012

i didn't even watch it, and i could have guessed it would suck. she can't justify her "i don't care" comment, she knew she was on television and she probably would have known she'd be obliged to perpetuate the discussion instead of shooting it down. somehow i don't think that's the television they're after. she's just being another sulky musician who probably enjoyed playing up the displaced introvert.

Floyd Black

Floyd Black said on the 9th May, 2012

great to see 2 music heavyweights going at it....


slato said on the 11th May, 2012

and now that this articles been updated with the blogpost, observe the fuckwittery ratio increasing in the comments by certain users made here before the update :)