A tattooed young politician has hit back at online trolls who flooded her social media accounts with vulgar comments about her past life as a stripper.
Victoria’s Animal Justice Party MP Georgia Purcell, 31, who is the youngest female politician in the state parliament, crushed the derogatory posts by sharing photos of herself doing pole line dancing saturday.
The latest wave of online hate against Ms Purcell has been sparked by her drive to end duck hunting, with an ongoing investigation into the recreational shooting of native birds in Victoria.
The final report will be tabled in Parliament next week.
“The duck shooters are back with their VERY compelling and not at all misogynistic arguments about keeping their blood sport in Victoria,” Ms Purcell wrote in the caption to her pole dancing post.
Victoria’s Animal Justice Party MP Georgia Purcell (pictured), 31, has hit back at trolls who flooded her social media accounts with derogatory comments about her life as a stripper
She included the trolls’ comments about her old work in the photos she uploaded.
“Here’s just a selection of what I’ve seen over the past few days,” she said.
“When are you going to understand that I’m not ashamed of my past daughters, and a decade later, I’m still on the pole.”
The young politician was supported in her position by her supporters in the comments.
“Fit and relentless. Meanwhile, they’re on the couch and unhappy…” one wrote.
“I love how you named and humiliated! Keep doing what you are doing,” said another.
A third commented: “Doing a sport that requires some fitness and skill?! They wouldn’t know what it is.
“I mean, this must be an ego blow from all these finger-dragging misogynistic cavemen,” another added.
Members of the Labor Party, Greens and the Animal Justice Party supported an end to duck hunting in the state.
But the move has drawn backlash from hunters and a number of unions, including the CFMEU, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, the Electrical Trades Union and the Plumbers Union. .
Some Labor MPs in Victoria have also voiced their opposition, including regional members who represent constituents participating in the practice.
Duck hunting is banned in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia, but is still permitted in Victoria, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania.
The young politician crushed publications by sharing photos of herself dancing online with the attached comments on Saturday.
Ms Purcell was backed in her stance in the comments, with her followers slamming her critics.
Ms Purcell’s journey in Parliament has been fraught with difficulties due to her ink and previous life as a stripper, which exposed her to attacks from trolls and political enemies.
Earlier this year, Ms Purcell told Daily Mail Australia she was just 19 and studying law at university when a photo of her working as a stripper was leaked – and she thought her future dreams of working in law or politics were over.
She started working as a waitress and a topless stripper, and also worked at a post office, to try to make ends meet, as she lived away from home while studying.
Although she did her best to keep her work private from her personal life, everything changed when she was tagged in a Facebook post.
“I worked away from where I studied and grew up so as not to meet anyone I knew, and although I felt there was nothing wrong with this job, I knew that a lot of others would think otherwise,” she said.
“Then one day I was sitting at the hairdresser and when I logged into Facebook I saw that I was tagged in a photo without my consent that showed me working as a stripper and there had tons of comments.
“I grew up in a small country town in Geelong so everyone knows everyone and it spread very quickly and viciously.”
After the photo was shared, Ms Purcell said she felt her life was no longer worth living and her legal career was over as she would never be seen as a fit and proper person.
Members of the Labor Party, Greens and the Animal Justice Party supported an end to duck hunting in the state. But the move has also drawn backlash from hunters and a number of unions (stock image)
Ms Purcell has recalled the horrific time photos of her working as a stripper were leaked online to Daily Mail Australia.
Trolls messaged her saying she was disgusting and should be ashamed of herself – lots of people she went to college with.
The abuse caused her to drop out of college after just two years of completing her five-year degree.
Ms Purcell said she felt like a bad person because of her job choice, which ultimately led to her being diagnosed with PTSD amid regular anxiety attacks.
But after being employed as chief of staff to former Animal Justice Party MP Andy Meddick, she decided to run for parliament herself, deciding to bring the skeleton out of the closet before a political enemy cannot use it against her.
“Politics is so vicious and brutal that when you have political enemies they find out anything about you,” Ms Purcell said.
“A few years ago I shared my story by writing an opinion piece about what I had been through,” Ms Purcell said.
Ms. Purcell proudly records her accomplishments and beliefs in the many tattoos tatted on her body.
“We all have a past and digital footprint and for young politicians it is much more traceable than for the average politician so after sharing my story I felt the weight had been lifted off my shoulders.
“After doing it, I became a new person. I gained self-confidence and because of my past I thought I could only be a spectator, not a participant, but now two years later I am elected as an MP, it was a whirlwind experience .
Ms. Purcell also proudly records her accomplishments and beliefs in the many tattoos tatted on her body.
She has a tattoo of a wombat after helping pass laws banning recreational shooting of the animal, and another of a duck, the next animal she intends to protect from shooters.
Another of his tattoos features a woman boxing next to the phrase “Hold on.”
She also gave a nod to her past in the adult entertainment industry with a tattoo of a stripper on a pole with the words “real work.”