As the prime minister of a nation mired hip deep in concerns over sexual harassment, we thought Scott Morrison would know better than to make suggestive comments.
But we were wrong. And his opponents, along with a ready band of vocal gender warriors, are sure to seize on his gaffe.
Minister for Women Kelly O’Dwyer believes Scott Morrison regrets comments he made about Pamela Anderson, after the Baywatch star appealed to the prime minister to defend WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Anderson earlier this month urged Mr Morrison to support Assange who has had to make the Ecuadorian embassy in London his home for the last six years.
Morrison laughed when asked whether he would listen to Anderson, simply replying ‘No.’
He added, ‘I’ve had plenty of mates who have asked me if they can be my special envoy to sort the issue out with Pamela Anderson,’ on Gold Coast radio station Hot Tomato FM.
He finally remarked, ‘But putting that to one side, the serious issue is no, our position on that hasn’t changed.’
Anderson slams PM for ‘smutty’ comments
Anderson hit back in an open letter on her website, calling the comments ‘smutty’ and ‘lewd’.
She wrote, ‘You trivialised and laughed about the suffering of an Australian and his family. You followed it with smutty, unnecessary comments about a woman voicing her political opinion.’
Adding that, ‘Rather than making lewd suggestions about me, perhaps you should instead think about what you are going to say to millions of Australians when one of their own is marched in an orange jumpsuit to Guantanamo Bay — for publishing the truth. You can prevent this.’
According to AAP, the Minister for Women Ms O’Dwyer, said that she has spoken with Mr Morrison regarding the issue and believes he regrets the remark.
‘I think the prime minister probably regrets the comments that he made,’ she told the National Press Club in Canberra on Tuesday.
‘I certainly know from a discussion that he didn’t mean to cause any offence.’
These comments come as Assange continues his lengthy stay in the Ecuadorian embassy, after British courts ordered his extradition to Sweden to face questioning in a sexual molestation case.
Although the case was dropped, Assange’s reluctance to leave indicates that he still fears extradition to the US over his role in the publication of US diplomatic and military secrets.
For now, it appears Australia will continue its stance of not supporting the WikiLeaks founder, even if the PM puts his foot in it.
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