Yassmin Abdel-Magied is back in the Daily Telegraph’s firing line.
The author, engineer and television presenter graces the Sydney newspaper’s front page today and is the subject of a scathing report following a message she posted on social media on Anzac Day.
Her crime was suggesting that we ought not forget the suffering of people in Manus Island, Nauru, Syria and Palestine, while remembering fallen soldiers.
This is quite a front page splash on the Tele about Yassmin – misrepresent her words, "spineless", "sickening", PC and Muslim references pic.twitter.com/xIAheuLgHQ
— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) April 26, 2017
She subsequently deleted the post – and “apologised unreservedly” after it was brought to her attention that it was disrespectful.
But that did not deter those at The Tele or politicians including Peter Dutton, Jacqui Lambie and George Christensen who called for the ABC to fire her.
— Jacqui Lambie (@JacquiLambie) April 26, 2017
A spokesperson for the national broadcaster, where Abdel-Magied works part-time, has publicly stated she continues to have the organisation’s support.
Guys, that's three fingers. pic.twitter.com/g4IcYU81v8
— Bianca Hall (@_Biancah) April 25, 2017
“Ms Abdel-Magied is a part-time presenter on the ABC program Australia Wide, introducing stories done by ABC reporters from around the country,” the ABC spokesman said. “When presenting for the ABC, she works in accordance with ABC editorial and other policies. Ms Abdel-Magied is also engaged in a range of other activities and work that is not related to the ABC. Her views and opinions in that capacity are her own and do not represent those of the ABC.”
Somehow, we become a country where a social media post is a national scandal, and the fact we spend $1 billion per year abusing kids isn't.
— Benjamin Law (@mrbenjaminlaw) April 25, 2017
Earlier this year, Abdel-Magied enjoyed another stint in the Daily Tele’s firing line for comments she made about Islam being feminist on the Q&A program.
How to be respectful to Anzacs: Get shitfaced, gamble all your money, fight, eat biscuits
How to be disrespectful: Talk about war being bad
— Jenny Noyes (@jennynoise) April 25, 2017
And yet being accustomed to being at the centre of public controversies doesn’t render it any more palatable.
“Disrespectful” doesn’t come close to the comments being made to Abdel-Magied on social media today. .
Yesterday, after being informed that her post was disrespectful, she quickly and publicly apologised and amended the post.
Those responding to Abdel-Magied with hate and vitriol today for her “disrespect” ought to consider their own conduct. Whether you agree or disagree with her original comment, if “respect” really is the issue at hand, Yassmin is schooling her detractors.