What four words will send middle-class, white western (mostly) men, and shock jocks into a frenzy?
Woman; Muslim; Young and Outspoken.
Woman + Muslim + Young + Outspoken = ?
Yassmin Abdel-Magied + ANZAC Day + ABC = ?
The greatest middle-class, white western (mostly) men, and shock jock hysterical hissy-fit frenzy that makes JacketGate look like a mature exchange of ideas.
At the same time as Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull was paying a “surprise” visit to war zones on ANZAC Day….and at about the same time — at the dawn service in Southport — federal politician, The Hon Steven Ciobo MP placed ‘Lest We Forget’ (taxpayer funded?) flowers with his business card attached, a young woman by the name of Yassmin Abdel-Magied posted on her Facebook page “LEST. WE. FORGET. (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine …)”
Well!!!! How un-Australian and disrespectful of Yassmin to use the day we remember those who fell in battle as a reminder we are all human beings!!
Before I go any further, I share the opinions of most people that Yassmin should not have used ANZAC Day. However, if she did intend it to be controversial she sure got her way and sucked-in all of the tanty throwers to spread her message.
I have seen and heard people raving on ‘that Yassmin Abdel-Magied knew what she was doing’ (offending Australian’s and hijacking ANZAC Day) when she posted this message. I’m not offended by her message, nor do I have any idea what was going through her mind when she posted her message. But those offended and insulted by her post apparently know what she was thinking.
Personally I highly doubt Yassmin Abdel-Magied wanted her post to be anything other than her message. One doesn’t set out to create offending and insulting controversy with a comment — to then remove the very comment that started the offending and insulting controversy.
I also believe that those who view her post as a deliberate attempt to offend and insult opportunistically used the outspoken young Muslim Woman’s post to remind her that she must remember to know her place. AND another excuse for middle-class, white western(mostly) men, and shock jocks to have hysterical hissy-fit frenzies. Oh and don’t they do it well!
ANZAC Day Hijack
Did Yassmin Abdel-Magied hijack ANZAC Day for a nasty political agenda? I don’t know.
I do know one thing for sure — those who are using her words against her hijacked ANZAC Day.
It’s not right vs left political idealism, it’s a bunch of (mostly) misogynistic, xenophobic, nationalistic hissy-fit throwers demanding a woman know her place.
Not only a woman — a Muslim woman.
Not only a Muslim Woman — a Muslim woman who is outspoken.
Not only a Muslim woman who is outspoken – a Muslim woman who is outspoken and appears on the taxpayer funded ABC.
Not only a Muslim woman who is outspoken – a Muslim woman who is outspoken and appears on the taxpayer funded ABC — a Muslim woman who is outspoken and appears on the taxpayer funded ABC and preached humanity!
What’s ANZAC Day again?
All ANZAC Day, people posted memes about the meaning of ANZAC Day. Such as men (and women) giving up their lives to protect our freedoms — such as the freedom to speak.
Although not written into our constitution, it is a freedom we take as a MUST in Australian democracy. For some Australian’s though, this freedom is allowed only if it fits in with the guidelines of those who decide what is allowable and what is not allowable — those being mainly middle-class, white western (mostly) men, and shock jock hysterical hissy-fit frenzy throwers that make JacketGate look like a mature exchange of ideas.
These who are offended — they are the very same people who demand the right to offend and insult.
Quite seriously — I’m pretty sure most of the New Zealand and Australian Diggers who died in battle didn’t go to their deaths so ANZAC Day can become anyones political agenda. It’s one thing to make an error of judgement — it’s another thing to use someone’s error of judgment for their own political agenda.
The people who have used for their OWN agendas Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s error in judgement — you are the ones who should be ashamed of politicising ANZAC Day, not the young Muslim woman who is outspoken about humanity.
FOOTNOTE: Some of the people I know who have gone off like crazy loose cannon – they are good people. I have no idea though why they become turkeys at times.
Apologies to all bird type turkeys.