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#Larrissa Behrendt, a fan of bestiality?

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.

Cheers Comrades

Cue Dr  Jason Wilson?


14 Comments

  1. Luzu says:

    Larissa Behrendt is simply showing what kind of person she is. No slur is too foul to fling at a person who has a differing opinion. Bess Perkins’ criticisms of Ms Behrendt and her ilk must’ve really stung.

  2. Luzu says:

    Iain,
    There’s a typo in the title. Or should I spell your name Iian? 🙂 I think you’ll find the word is spelt ‘bestiality’.

  3. Iain Hall says:

    Thanks for that Luzu, fixed spelling is not exactly my strongest suit 😦

  4. Iain Hall says:

    The “H” word seems appropriate to me in her case given that she is party to the suit against Andrew Bolt

  5. Luzu says:

    Like I said, Bess’ comments about ‘white blackfellas’ must have hit home, as would’ve the comment that Bess just wanted the same life for her children as Ms Behrendt’s children enjoyed.
    And wasn’t that the point of Bolt’s articles? That the ‘white blackfellas’ in the cities were soaking up the grants and entitlements that were meant to give the likes of Bess Perkins a chance at a better life? And for that Bolt is being sued?
    It makes me wonder if Ms Behrendt will now sue Bess Perkins. Essentially they have said the same thing.

  6. Luzu says:

    Why do I keep calling her “Perkins” instead of “Price”? I have no idea. The above should read “Price”.

  7. Daniel says:

    Behrendt and others are sueing Bolt under the auspices of the Racial Discrimination Act. Behrendt’s Twitter post, while insulting and offensive, was not racially based.

  8. […] public pronouncement (yes, even one made via Twitter)  that is sincerely regretted can really only be properly addressed by a very public apology that […]

  9. Luzu says:

    Daniel,
    My point that what the two people (that is, Bess Price and Andrew Bolt) are essentially saying is the same thing, to wit, that mostly white people who identify as Aboriginal are taking grants and positions that were meant to be for the benefit of those more like Bess Price and her people. Of course, the difference is not what is being said but who is saying it. Clear now, Daniel?

  10. Daniel says:

    My apologies, I was under the impression you were talking about legal action as per that against Bolt.

    This whole issue is complex. Personally I did not like the way the intervention was constructed, but I understand that it was convened with good intentions and has made some gains. And I tend to think that Bess Price is best-placed to comment on it. However as far as Larissa Behrendt “using” her indigenous heritage to obtain grants, I am sure they are decided on merit more than Aboriginality. To give someone a position or a grant on the basis that they are ‘more Aboriginal’ than someone else is to take a very dangerous path.

  11. […] agenda. Keith Windshuttle has done a bit of digging about the aboriginal connections in Larrissa (I prefer bestiality) Behrendt’s family and who would be surprised that she and her father have at the […]

  12. backwards aus says:

    do people understand that to ask bolt to please explain is a form of freedom of speech in it’s self and in no way a restriction of freedom of speech. To say people identify as aboriginal for finacial gain ( lying for money ) is a very serious statement and now must be looked at in court and for good reason, Now the NT intervention, Bess price is talking about something that she isnt subject to and may only be relevant for her little community. The outback is a very big place. Im sure she would have a different opinion if she had to wait in 35 plus temps for hours at a time to be served while the others ( mostly non indigenous ) walk in and out in 30 seconds. good intentions dont make it ok. I cant see any reason to suspend anti discrimination act it just seems to handy for government land access. It’s silly to focus on witch hunt as it doesnt help anything just hurts australia. we seem to be going backwards as a nation

  13. Iain Hall says:

    backwards aus

    do people understand that to ask bolt(sic) to please explain is a form of freedom of speech in it’s self and in no way a restriction of freedom of speech.

    Do you understand just how the English language works? the trick is to write a coherent sentence that makes a point. This first sentence fails to do this.

    To say people identify as aboriginal for finacial(sic) gain ( lying for money ) is a very serious statement and now must be looked at in court and for good reason, Now the NT intervention, Bess price is talking about something that she isnt(sic) subject to and may only be relevant for her little community.

    I suspect that you should have made this into two distinct sentences because it is like your opening sentence incoherent

    The outback is a very big place. Im(sic) sure she would have a different opinion if she had to wait in 35 plus temps for hours at a time to be served while the others ( mostly non indigenous ) walk in and out in 30 seconds.

    What Bess price wants is for her people to have the sort of education that is the norm in our cities and towns , sadly I think that you need to do some further study so that you can learn the fine art of writing in clear English.

    good(sic) intentions dont(sic) make it ok(sic).
    That certainly applies to your prose….

    I cant see any reason to suspend anti discrimination act it just seems to(sic) handy for government land access.

    How is the relevant? Especially as the suspension has actually been lifted.

    It’s silly to focus on (a) witch hunt as it doesnt(sic) help anything just hurts australia(sic). we seem to be going backwards as a nation

    Look I would love to engage you on the issues but I think that you need to do some work on what you actually think but if your thoughts are anything like your prose it would be futile for me and embarrassing for you.

  14. gigdiary says:

    Wonderful comment, Iain. When I saw that you had replied to this idiot, I was about to say well done for making sense of that drivel, however, it seems it was even beyond the blogmeister himself 🙂 Comments like this remind me of comments on your learned friend’s blog.

    Gotta love the loony left 🙂

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