Enjoy This Horrifying Photo Of Coalition MP George Christensen Wielding A Whip
It’s been a busy day in federal parliament.
Earlier this afternoon, during question time, a group of refugee activists shut down proceedings by launching a protest in the House of Representatives.
The protesters were eventually ejected by security and parliament returned to its normal business, but not before Queensland Coalition MP George Christensen posted this on Twitter:
Say hello to my little friend, hippies. @ColinJBettles pic.twitter.com/4NzB2WaZmJ
— George Christensen (@GChristensenMP) November 30, 2016
What are you saying George? You’re going to whip refugee activists? Why are you quoting a coke-addicted mass murderer?
Sensing an opportunity, the editor of the Good Weekend, Amelia Lester, announced on Twitter that this Saturday’s edition featured a profile on Christensen, complete with this cover:
.@GChristensenMP is fond of whips. Here's a preview of Saturday's Good Weekend cover: pic.twitter.com/0EYcgDPfJt
— Amelia Lester (@ThatAmelia) November 30, 2016
I think this guy sums up all of our feelings:
@ThatAmelia @markhumphries @GChristensenMP no no no no no no no no no
— Michael Beveridge (@mickyb273) November 30, 2016
Yep, that’s George Christensen, wearing a blue singlet, showing his off tattoo featuring Mary and baby Jesus, wielding a whip. Why’s he got a whip? Well see, he’s the chief National Party Whip in Parliament, that’s why he’s got a whip.
The photo was taken by Andrew Meares and it’s already well on it’s way to becoming an infamous part of Australia’s dark political history.
Because the internet is a terrible, terrible place, people had to go and make this image even more horrifying than it already is:
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but whips and chains EXCITE ME https://t.co/YOEkyUOl1w
— James Jeffrey (@James_Jeffrey) November 30, 2016
But most people… didn’t have a lot of words.
jesus christ almighty https://t.co/WLYXZWc6zT
— Stephanie H Convery (@gingerandhoney) November 30, 2016
*never sleeps again* https://t.co/AOkouxeuxY
— Joe McKenzie (@aJoeMcKenzie) November 30, 2016
I am scared and want my mother. https://t.co/0kl8EWkqQC
— Benjamin Law (@mrbenjaminlaw) November 30, 2016
my retinas will never recover from this assault https://t.co/kUc1ex1bAK
— Jenny Noyes (@jennynoise) November 30, 2016
It’s hard to pick what the most unnerving aspect of the photo is, but the tattoo has got to right up there.
my favourite part is how the Virgin Mary looks like she's screaming in horror
— Patrick Lenton (@PatrickLenton) November 30, 2016
According to journalist Matthew Knott, who wrote the feature, the tattoo is the work of the Mad Monk tattoo parlour in Christensen’s hometown of Mackay.
It didn’t take long for people to find a way to mock Christensen’s hard-right social views.
Hey @GChristensenMP pic.twitter.com/tC4HqygCzy
— santa is real (@fakeedbutler) November 30, 2016
Christensen is well known for his opposition to the Safe Schools program and his desire to be seen as the Pauline Hanson-lite of Australian parliament. But back in 2010 when he was first running for election, he was criticised for comments he made in a university paper that were “critical of Jews, gays and women.”
What a guy.
You can read the full profile on George Christensen, and view that photo in it’s full, printed glory this Saturday in Good Weekend.