The Prime Minister’s recent comment made about Pamela Anderson’s plea to bring Julian Assange back home was abhorrent, yet the media have been silent about it, writes Dr Jennifer Wilson.
PRIME MINISTER SCOTT MORRISON’S communications on every media platform, including social, have been closely scrutinised since he took office at the end of August 2018.
Interestingly, the one comment that seems to have avoided much analysis is this one, made during a radio interview on the Gold Coast:
PM rejects calls to help bring #JulianAssange home – “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” #auspol https://t.co/HUYWMJXsuU
— Brett Mason (@BrettMasonNews) November 5, 2018
Morrison was reacting to an appeal by former Baywatch star Ms Anderson on behalf of Julian Assange. Anderson sent a message to the Prime Minister, urging him to consider bringing Assange home to Australia and treating him with fairness and respect once he got here.
Morrison responds to Anderson’s approach with an unsavoury “nudge, nudge, wink, wink” reference to her career as a television sex symbol. In Morrison’s opinion, Anderson needs a “sorting out” that could be provided by his specially appointed male mates, whom, he implies, are well qualified to perform this service.
There can be little doubt as to what such a service entails. It isn’t political. It isn’t ideological. It isn’t sage advice as to where Ms Anderson might more usefully focus her social and political concerns.
The “sorting out” Morrison implies Anderson needs to set her straight, is sexual.