On the wish list: Sonia Kruger. Photo: Channel Nine
As we all know by now, one-time TV darling Sonia Kruger instantly morphed into Pauline Hanson 2.0 (3.0?) yesterday morning, during an insane throwaway bit on the Today show where she argued that Australia should stop taking in Muslim immigrants (never a great start when someone uses a phrase like "Andrew Bolt has a point..." as a pretext to sharing their personal views).
She double-downed on her sentiments with a Twitter post yesterday afternoon, in which she justified her own Islamophobia on being "a mother" in the wake of last week's attacks in Nice.
Needless to say, the internet wasn't buying it.
Overnight, Twitter borrowed Kruger's ridiculous and divisive #AsAMother defence, and transformed it into a call for respect and compassion in the face of such bigotry.
#asamother I will teach my daughter that diversity & respect for each other's differences makes us a richer, smarter & safer nation— Sarah Hanson-Young (@sarahinthesen8) July 18, 2016
#AsAMother i will always teach my Aussie kids to love their country and its people regardless to their religion or colour !— ميمي (@AhlaMeme1995) July 18, 2016
#asamother I want all families to feel valued in our society, regardless of their religion.— Courtney Pedersen (@gmtplus10) July 18, 2016
#asamother I teach my Aussie Muslim boys to love this country. As a mother, i fear this country will never love them!— Joumana MWA (@joujoubateekh) July 18, 2016
With so many sane, respectful and positive voices out there, it's quite infuriating that the hateful get the loudest platform, isn't it?