Yassmin Abdel-Magied feels betrayed by Australia, by the ABC. How many Australians feel betrayed by Yassmin Abdel Magied?
Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who has called herself the most “publicly hated Muslim in Australia”, says she feels betrayed by her home country and that people in Australia are happy to accept you “as long as you toe the line”.
Abdel-Magied, a mechanical engineer and writer who attracted controversy after trading barbs with Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie on Q&A earlier in the year, told Buzzfeed UK she felt that freedom of speech did not apply to her in Australia.
“In a country like Australia, people are very happy to accept you as long as you toe the line,” she said.
You mean that most Australians did not agree with you Yassmin, unlike the luvvies in the Ultimo HQ of the ABC? Maybe it is the PC people at the ABC who betrayed you, encouraging you to go out there and say such stuff — go on Yassmin, it’s ok, they’ll all love you, just like us.
“For me that was my truth, but I wasn’t really allowed to say it and people were very upset, so it’s taught me a lot.” …
She also said in her view Islam was “the most feminist religion”, prompting heated discussion on social media.
A few months after her Q&A appearance, Abdel-Magied attracted criticism for a post she made on Anzac Day which read “Lest. We. Forget. (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine…)”.
There’s an awful lot of truth that isn’t allowed to be spoken at the ABC Yassmin, and there certainly isn’t “freedom of speech” on some topics in this country. Example here.
Abdel-Magied wrote in the Guardian last week that after Anzac Day she received death threats “on a daily basis” and that she was “now the most publicly hated Muslim in Australia”.
“I’ve resorted to moving house, changing my phone number, deleting my social media apps,” she wrote.
“The reality is the visceral nature of the fury — almost every time I share a perspective or make a statement in any forum — is more about who I am than about what is said.”
There’s a bit too much of that going on. Bill Leak springs to mind, for instance, after he drew this cartoon:
As a result of death threats he and his family had been forced to leave their home, and live in a strange house in a new town under police protection. … The Islamic State and the Australian state are both in the shut-up business, and proud of it.