ABC viewers call on Q&A host Fran Kelly to be fired after not condemning a panel member yesterday for encouraging murder at the show.
In an extraordinary program with five hardline feminists and no men on the panel, the outspoken Egyptian-American writer Mona Eltahawy said that women should kill rapists.
Former ABC journalist Jess Hill supported her before screenwriter Nayuka Gorrie said: & # 39; I think violence is ok & # 39 ;.
Kelly made no attempt to denounce the shocking remarks, but asked Elekawy submissively if she encouraged violence.
From left to right: American anti-age campaigner Ashton Applewhite, Egyptian-American writer Mona Eltahawy, businesswoman Hana Assafiri, host Fran Kelly, native writer and activist Nayuka Gorrie, journalist and author Jess Hill
The show, which contained a lot of foul language that Kelly also left largely unchecked, caused outrage across the country and led to calls to scrap ABC funding.
A female viewer said that ABC had brought together a group of men's haters to promote violence against men.
Dozens of people called for Kelly to resign and said she was perfectly at ease with violence.
Media analyst Julian Evans has complained about the show at the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
He told Daily Mail Australia: & # 39; Violence against women, children, and men is repugnant and should be condemned on any occasion, not encouraged, discussed with joy, or presented in a way that approves and encourages the community. & # 39 ;
He also claimed that the comments broke the NSW Crimes Act prohibiting incitement to violence based on race, religion, or sexual orientation – but the New South Wales police said no complaints had been filed.
The ACMA said it had received more than 20 complaints about the delivery of Q&A.
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Writer John Ruddick said the section was the & # 39; worst five minutes in the history of the ABC & # 39; used to be
A female viewer said that ABC had brought together a group of men's haters to promote violence against men & # 39;
The controversy came when a member of the public asked whether aggression and violence were the best ways for feminists to achieve equality.
Mrs. Eltahawy responded by supporting violence and saying that women should kill rapists.
She said, "I want patriarchy to fear feminism … how long do we have to wait for men and boys to stop killing us, stop beating us and stopping raping?" How many rapists should we kill until men stop raping? & # 39;
Host Fran Kelly then referred to a Spectator Australia tweet asking: & # 39; Why does the ABC justify violence? & # 39;
She said: & # 39; So Mona … Spectator Australia already says that Mona promotes violence. Is that what you do? & # 39;
Mrs. Eltawahy replied, "What I am doing is saying that violence is state property … exactly how long do I have to wait to be safe?"
The person who asked the question challenged the panel by suggesting that violence was not the best approach and said, "Bullying leads to bullying, and violence produces violence."
The reactions immediately sparked anger on social media, as hundreds of viewers remained shocked by such brutal support for violence
Although most of the responses to the show were negative, some praised the outspoken panel members
A viewer praised Nayuka Gorrie for the appearance of & # 39; real and true & # 39; in the show
Journalist and author Jess Hill then agreed to support Mrs Eltawahy's argument that violence is necessary.
She said: & # 39; If someone is shocked by what Mona suggests, you just have to look back at the history and a certain faction of the suffragettes … they used violence. They thought what they were fighting was a civil war between the sexes. & # 39;
The native writer and activist Nayuka Gorrie also turned out to advocate violence and said: & # 39; If you say that violence produces violence, it almost sounds like it's a level playing field, which it isn't. & # 39;
Absoluut It is absolutely not … I wonder what our tipping point in Australia will be when people start burning things up? I'm looking forward to it. & # 39;
In a commentary on Australia's colonial history, she added: & # 39; We have tried to appeal to the morality of the settlers for more than 230 years, which simply does not seem to exist.
& # 39; I think violence is okay, because if someone tries to kill you, there is no amount & # 39; but I am really smart. I am really articulated & # 39 ;. No amount of them will save you. Let's burn things. & # 39;
The reactions immediately sparked anger on social media, as hundreds of viewers remained shocked by such brutal support for violence.
A viewer wrote: & # 39; Violence is never an option and if the ABC insists on the use of violent rhetoric, I must insist that Scott Morrison attract funding
One viewer enjoyed the bluntness of the debate that brought about change from politicians in the show
A viewer wrote: & # 39; Violence is never an option and if the ABC insists on the use of violent rhetoric, I must insist that Scott Morrison obtain funding from the ABC and withdraw his broadcasting license. & # 39;
Another added: & # 39; The ABC promotes violence? It would not be the first time. & # 39;
In another shocking part of the show, Mrs. Eltawahy called the prime minister a white supremacist.
& # 39; Your Prime Minister here is a mini version of Donald Trump – because we are talking about white capitalists, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; Your prime minister is a white evangelical Christian like Mike Pence in the US, so you are on a parallel path here. & # 39;
Mrs Eltawahy then attacked the government for Mr Morrison's proposal to ban environmental boycott campaigns.
& # 39; If you start talking about banning boycotts, you should ask what happens to your so-called democracy & she said.
The outspoken Egyptian-American writer Mona Eltahawy (photo) dominated the show
Another controversial moment came when the panel discussed Tanya Day, an indigenous woman who was arrested because she was drunk in public and died in a police cell in 2017.
In response to a question about how institutions can be held more responsible for racism, Gorrie said the police should be closed.
& # 39; Its formation was in the interest of white sovereignty in this country, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; When we talk about accountability, I am not sure how far we can go to hold an organization like the police to account because it must be violent & # 39 ;.
& # 39; It's patriarchal, it's overwhelmingly white. I don't think it should exist. & # 39;
The show also came under fire for repeated use of foul language, which led Kelly to say: & We are trying to keep the language under control. If you have been offended by blasphemy, then perhaps leave now. & # 39;
Shortly thereafter, in the section on police racism, ma'am Eltawahy made no attempt to moderate her words and said: & # 39;You ask the person here who travels the world to say f *** the patriarchy. & # 39;
Death in a police cell: the tragedy of Tanya Day
Tanya Day, 55, was arrested by the police for being drunk on a train to Melbourne.
The police took her into custody after they found her sleeping with her feet on a chair and when she was asked for a ticket, she responded confused.
The CCTV recordings from a cell at Castlemaine police station on December 5, 2017 showed that Mrs. Day slammed her forehead against a wall at 4.11 pm and seemed to lose the movement in her right arm.
The fall resulted in a brain haemorrhage and Mrs. Day died 17 days later in a hospital in Melbourne.
Her family urged everyone to view it so that they could understand the suffering of their mother and the alleged negligence of racism by police and paramedics.
Tanya Day, 55, was arrested by the Victorian police for being drunk on a train to Melbourne
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