Scott Morrison’s International Women’s Day Speech Was So Bad It Made It Onto CNN
You know it's bad when the country that elected Trump is giving you shit.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been slammed for an International Women’s Day speech so tone deaf, so terrible, that it’s literally become global news.
Morrison is under fire for the speech he gave on Friday to the Chamber of Minerals and Energy in Western Australia, in which he said it was “not in our values” to “push some people down to lift some people up”.
“That is true of gender equality,” he said. “We want to see women rise. But we don’t want to see women rise only on the basis of others doing worse.”
“We want everybody to do better, and we want to see the rise of women in this country be accelerated to ensure that their overall pace is maintained,” he added.
For the love of God my dude, read the fucking room.
The Prime Minister was immediately taken to task for his remarks on social media, with a number of prominent female politicians weighing in.
Gender equality is good for both women and men. It gives all of us more freedom and choice at work, at home, and in our relationships.
— Tanya Plibersek (@tanya_plibersek) March 8, 2019
but it’s not ok for a woman to succeed……unless a man does as well. 🤦♀️ https://t.co/JZRWHGLKF4
— Kristina Keneally (@KKeneally) March 8, 2019
Happy #IWD2019 from Scott Morrison whose party *definitely* doesn’t have a problem with women.
We can’t avoid the fact that equality for women requires a rebalancing of the power patriarchy gives men. No twisted words or empty platitudes from the PM will change that. pic.twitter.com/MbHnKshoCv
— Mehreen Faruqi (@MehreenFaruqi) March 8, 2019
Scott Morrison telling women not to get ahead of ourselves is so tin-eared it’s gobsmacking. Men who are threatened or worried of women achieving equality is the bloody problem. Seriously, who briefs these muppets?🤦♀️
— Sarah Hanson-Young💚 (@sarahinthesen8) March 8, 2019
— Prof Kerryn Phelps AM (@drkerrynphelps) March 8, 2019
His remarks were so stupid that they even got picked up by CNN, who noted in a fairly scathing news report that “just 22% of sitting Liberal Party members across Australia’s two houses of parliament are women”. They also pointed out that several high profile female MPs have recently quit the party.
— CNN International (@cnni) March 8, 2019
You know it’s bad when the country that elected Trump is giving you shit.