Allison Langdon has questioned Magda Szubanski’s motives in criticizing Jenny Morrison – accusing the TV star of hypocrisy after becoming a victim of past ‘trolls’ herself.
The television personality and comedian landed herself in hot water over the weekend after retweeting a photo of Scott Morrison’s wife in a black high-neck dress while watching her husband sign a condolence book for the late Prince Philip.
“I really thought this was a Photoshopped Handmaid’s Tale meme. But no. It’s Australian life in the 21st century, ‘she posted on Twitter.
The Today presenter rejected Szubanski’s claim that Morrison should not yet publicly disclose her values, saying she had been transparent about the things she believed in, and questioned the motives of the actress Kath and Kim.
“ I really like Magda, but as someone who has been bullied on the internet before and who has spoken about the toll it has taken on her mental health, I wonder why she did this, ” Langdon said Thursday morning .
Allison Langdon has questioned Magda Szubanski’s motives by criticizing Jenny Morrison – accusing the TV star of hypocrisy after falling victim to past ‘trolls’ herself
Magda Szubanski says she did not recognize Jenny Morrison (left) in this photo of her watching her husband Prime Minister Scott Morrison sign a condolence book for the late Prince Philip.
The leftist comedian had retweeted a photo of Ms. Morrison watching her husband draw a condolence book for the late Prince Philip, captioned, ‘I really thought this was a Photoshopped Handmaid’s Tale meme. But no. It’s 21st century Australian life ‘
Szubanski defended Wednesday night’s controversial tweet comparing Ms. Morrison to an enslaved woman in the dystopian thriller The Handmaid’s Tale on A Current Affair.
She claims she didn’t even recognize that the woman in the photo was Mrs. Morrison, as she wasn’t wearing her ‘normal hair and makeup’ and insisted she didn’t have a crack in her appearance – but later added the woman’s wife. prime minister was ‘fair play’.
‘When I first saw it, I really didn’t realize it was Jenny Morrison because it looks different to her,’ Szubanski told host Tracey Grimshaw.
Normally she has her hair and makeup and stuff, and if people can believe me I’d take a lie detector if they didn’t, I didn’t know it was her.
Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie, who appeared on the morning show alongside Langdon on Thursday, disagreed with the host, saying it was nothing but “ good Aussie humor. ”
“ You can think of it as trolls, with what happens on social media there is a lot of dragging, but I think people want to put some Australian humor into it, ” Lambie said.
“I didn’t think it was offensive myself.”
“I think a lot of people think it’s unfair and unnecessary,” Langdon replied.
The actress said Ms. Morrison (pictured, far left, on a visit to Washington DC with her husband to meet the Trumps) was “fair game” as she was a major political figure.
Szubanski insisted that ACA had many others on social media express a similar response to the photo.
‘I just thought it was a strange PR picture and I’m only suggesting with that comment. Why include something that looks like ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ as a photo? Scott Morrison is the master of spin, Szubanski added ‘
“If I were the only one who had that reaction, you’d think, ‘Oh, Magda has an angle,’ but a lot of people did.”
“I actually came from the back of other people commenting and it took me a while to know it was her.”
Szubanski reiterated that she did not comment on Ms. Morrison’s appearance, but believes the Prime Minister’s wife is a fair game for criticism.
“I can’t stop other people from saying what they’re saying and I don’t think it’s okay to show people in the media,” she said.
‘That’s why I said fairly quickly that this is not what this is.
“I’m just saying this like a clumsy PR photo, and then it developed into something completely different.”
Magda Szubanski defended the tweet when she addressed the saga on A Current Affair on Wednesday evening
Magda Szubanski believes Jenny Morrison (pictured) is ‘fair game’ when it comes to public criticism
The actress, best known for playing netball player Sharon in the much-loved Australian comedy Kath and Kim, insisted she had no intention of criticizing Ms. Morrison’s performance.
‘Do I think a pile of Jenny Morrison’s looks is okay? Absolutely not. But do I think it’s legitimate to criticize her, yes I do. She is the Prime Minister’s wife, ”she added.
You can opt in or out of public life and Scott Morrison regularly uses her as a policy advisor.
‘He says,’ I talked to Jenny about this and that. ‘If she’s going to be an influence in public life in some way, I want to know what her values are, what kind of woman is she? ‘
Szubanski told the program she was shocked by the backlash the tweet caused, but insists she was doing well after celebrating her 60th birthday on Monday.
“I’m getting Twitter hardened and if you say something, this is going to happen,” said Szubanski.
What surprised me was that this was such a non-event and didn’t comment – it was a comment about a photo that I really thought was a meme.
“ I was a little baffled to get involved in this by such a nothing observation that thousands of people had already made on Twitter, commenting, ”
I think it’s kind of a fact of life in the 21st century if you’re a public person at all, you do get better at it, but it seems exaggerated what the actual tweet was. It certainly wasn’t on a rant as it is called. ‘
Jenny and Scott Morrison (pictured together on April 11 at a prayer service for Prince Philip after his death) have two children
Earlier on Wednesday, Szubanski fired a series of angry tweets amid growing backlash, arguing that Ms. Morrison was fair game for criticism for having ‘signed up’ for public life by giving her husband policy advice.
Szubanski also suggested that the outrage distracted from the searing testimony of deposed Australia Post boss Christine Holgate against the prime minister during a senate investigation.
Responding to criticism from Liberal MP Nicolle Flint – one of several conservative female politicians who objected to her Handmaid’s Tale tweet – Szubanski wrote, ‘1) seriously, my comment is’ terrible,’ says Flint. ‘Terrible’ ?!
2) I never said a word about Jenny. 3) why is this front page news when … Christine Holgate testifies ?! Shameless attempt to use ‘sisterhood’ as a distraction. That’s horrible. ‘
She then turned to the paparazzi photos of her, taken on Monday, denying any suggestion that she was “ running back ” her initial comments about Ms. Morrison.
The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel written by the American author Margaret Atwood, later adapted into a popular American television series, about the aftermath of a fictional religious revolution.
It leaves the majority of the US in the hands of a totalitarian patriarchal regime and has been renamed ‘Gilead’, a country where fertile women are raped and used for their fertile abilities after a worldwide decline in birth rates.