Dr Mumbo

‘Old, white man’ makes a stir at Cannes in Cairns

What’s the worst possible response one could give when it’s pointed out they’re on an expert panel dominated by “old, white men?”

Dr Mumbo has found an uncomfortable new contender, thanks to B&T’s tropical retreat for the ad and media industries, Cannes in Cairns.

Credit where it’s due, the bumper event, which attracted some 1500 attendees this year, hosted a number of sessions probing some big issues.

While Dr Mumbo sadly couldn’t attend to work on a tan, it’s understood that at one session on Tuesday a well-known adman sparked something of a stir with his response to a query about a lack of racial diversity.

“Let’s get [her] up here then,” he suggested, referring to the first person of colour he could find in the crowd.

That kind of remark didn’t go down well with the out-of-towners in the room.

Multiple spies tell Dr Mumbo that it drew audible gasps and brought proceedings temporarily to a halt.

You’ve got to hand it to those old, white men – they never fail to meet expectations.

Dr Mumbo is suffering a serious case of FOMO.

Dr Mumbo, who must admit he’s come down with a serious case of FOMO, was excited to hear about a reef cruise that had been arranged as well. Although we hear the prospect of being trapped on a boat with their peers, with no escape, during the all-day cruise, will have a few making a beeline for early flights home later today.

To those remaining, don’t forget to slip, slop, slap beneath that harsh north Queensland sun – especially you old, white men.


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