One Direction On A Current Affair: An Indictment On The State Of Australian Show Business

Presumably, there are teens in North Korea reacting in the exact same way to Kim Jong-un's distant "pop star" cousin artlessly thrashing a lagerphone. One Direction's new single is undeniably catchy, but then so is Ebola. The band's insanely polished video clips feature movie stars and scripted intros that shame the quality of reality TV and garner more online viewers than if Susan Boyle did a racist tirade on a Sydney bus while her cat played a keyboard. Inviting the world's biggest current pop-culture phenomenon on to Australia's most aggressively middlebrow TV institution is doomed to produce classic cringe. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit