Ah, an example of how Twitter can bring disarray to another sanctimonious Lefty who forgets that what they tweet is a public pronouncement and not just an aside made to a friend in the pub, or even their own lounge-room:
Professor Behrendt made the comments after watching Ms Price on the ABC’s Q&A program on Monday night.
Writing in response to comments from Rhianna Patrick, a presenter of ABC local radio indigenous program Speaking Out, she tweeted: “I watched a show where a guy had sex with a horse and I’m sure it was less offensive than Bess Price.”
Ms Price has been vocal about the high levels of violence in central Australian indigenous communities and supported the Northern Territory intervention, angering left-leaning indigenous leaders who consider her a traitor.
Speaking from Darwin, Ms Price told The Australian yesterday she was appalled by the comment. She accused Professor Behrendt, an Australian of the Year finalist, of trying to silence her because of her different views.
“I’m going to seek legal advice,” she said. “This is worse than what she is accusing Andrew Bolt of.”
News Limited columnist Bolt has spent the past fortnight in court fighting accusations that he vilified a group of nine Aborigines, including Professor Behrendt, on the basis of their race.
Professor Behrendt told The Australian yesterday the tweet was taken out of context and had been made as she watched the notoriously crude TV series Deadwood.
“I was watching ABC 2, which had Deadwood on it, which seemed pretty offensive,” she said. “A flurry of tweets came through expressing outrage at the views Bess Price was expressing. In reply to one of them, I made a comment to someone who knew I was watching Deadwood that I thought it seemed what was on ABC 2 was less offensive than what was on ABC 1 (Q&A)”.
“The tweet has been taken out of context. I did not mean any offence to Bess Price personally and I am on the record with views contrary to hers on the intervention and she knows that.”
If you are interested in the phenomena of social media you just have to love stories like this one and I cant help wondering how long it will take the Twitter fans to wake up to just what they are doing with their endless drivel that they rather thoughtlessly put out into the ether? They are PUBLISHING and as such they are just as liable to be sued as anyone else who publishes in any any other medium and frankly it is stupid to think that anything that she may have been watching on TV at the time makes a iota of difference. Though I must say that there is more than a touch of irony that Larrissa Behrendt may be sued for the same sort of offence that she is accusing Andrew Bolt of committing:
Ms Price said the comment showed how out of touch the indigenous academic was with central Australian Aborigines.
“I want what she has for my children,” she said.
“The white blackfellas should be happy about the lifestyle they have. They should help us rather than trying to put a barrier between us and what we should be saying. Who does she think she is? I’m very angry about that. How dare she have a go about me without talking to me or confronting me face to face if she has a problem with me. They think that they can control us, that I shouldn’t be commenting or having an opinion on indigenous issues.
“And the likes of her and others don’t know anything about our people in the bush. Who are they to stand up and talk on behalf of our people. My background is totally different to hers, we are culturally different.”
In an email sent to a network of people, Ms Price’s husband Dave Price, writes: “It’s people like her who control the message, going to organisations like the UN and Amnesty International. Can the Race Discrimination Act protect people like Bess from this sort of obscene vilification or does she get away with it because she identifies?”
If anything this whole matter is emblematic of the point that comes through in the articles that Andrew Bolt wrote that got him sued. There is a major disconnect between those people who live in the urban centres of this country and identify as indigenous and those who are indigenous and live in the more remote parts of the wide brown land. It is a dissonance where the former seem far more concerned about the “rights” that their specified ancestry should entitle them to whereas the later just want a better future for their children. I’ll leave it to my readers to decide which is more worthy of respect.
Cue Dr Jason Wilson?