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Gillard cops sexist spray in Facebook live chat

Julia Gillard is subject to the usual barrage of sexist trolling when she tries to talk education in a Facebook live chat today, as Crikey intern Sally Whyte discovers.

Julia Gillard may have been hoping for a debate on education when she logged in for a Facebook live chat this afternoon — instead, she got sexist taunts and was told to “get my dinner ready”.

In the one-hour live Q and A chat, the Prime Minister responded to 13 users’ questions about education, discussing the Gonski report and the national curriculum. She responded to users’ comments about their favourite teachers, and answered questions about school resources, curricula and her promise to make Australian education in the top five countries by 2025.

But the users’ posts descended into sexist trolling; the worst comments were mostly posted just after the session finished.

Gillard and her team ignored these posts, but other users responded angrily to a comment from Matthew Van Den Bos asking “How’s your dad?” in reference to the recent death of her father, with whom she had a close relationship. The death of Gillard’s father has been in the news again because broadcaster Alan Jones claimed he “died of shame” due to his daughter’s political lies. (Jones has since apologised and now claims he is the victim of unfair cyber bullying in relation to his comments.)

The post relating to Gillard’s father appears to have been removed from the Facebook page, but other offensive posts still remain, making it unclear if it was removed by the user or by the PM’s team. Many of the trolls comments were sexual, calling Gillard a “slut” and saying “Are your pubes as radiant, shiny and glorious as mine?”. Most (possibly all) offensive posts were posted by males.

The Q and A was part of the Prime Minister’s social media competition in which users nominate their favourite teacher.

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  • 1
    paddy
    Posted Monday, 8 October 2012 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Nasty stuff. But the PM’s staffers need to organise these sort of events with a decent protocol for moderation.
    If that can’t be arranged on Facebook itself, then they need to find another vehicle.
    Trollfests invariably end up serving no one’s interest but the trolls.

  • 2
    tqft
    Posted Monday, 8 October 2012 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    I think they should leave it up and point to these people as losers who need help

  • 3
    GeeWizz
    Posted Monday, 8 October 2012 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    The PM is certainly coming across as precious now…

    Lets not forget what the left used to say about Howard

  • 4
    SusieQ
    Posted Monday, 8 October 2012 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    What was said about Howard Gee Whiz? Those comments are a disgrace -how can you not be disgusted?

  • 5
    GeeWizz
    Posted Monday, 8 October 2012 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Ar5selicker… n4zi… Howard the Coward… uno the usual leftwing attacks.

    The left are very good at attacks but they cry lemon drops when it’s the other way round.

  • 6
    Posted Monday, 8 October 2012 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    I’m not disgusted with this at all.

    What I am disgusted at is anyone can think you can have a reasonable debate and reasonable Q&A on the internet, let alone Facebook!

  • 7
    dave moody
    Posted Monday, 8 October 2012 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Gillard you are are low life and need to go .We need an election and now , Carbon Tax is like you Gillard a waste of time.

  • 8
    Barry Filipowski
    Posted Monday, 8 October 2012 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Gillard has discovered playing the victim is working wonders for her poll results. Are voters really so vapid they will go “Awww.. they are so mean to her. I disagree with her policies but now I’m going to vote for her anyway, just to show them.” <=== Look: The Labor Re-election Plan!

  • 9
    slickrichard
    Posted Monday, 8 October 2012 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    Insightful shit Dave moody, thanks for the input.

  • 10
    GeeWizz
    Posted Monday, 8 October 2012 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    Barry, she’s a woman so saying anything about her or her policies means you are a misogynistic chauvinistic s_xist pig.

    Well thats what Labor and it’s supporters would have you believe

  • 11
    philtee
    Posted Monday, 8 October 2012 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    So the Crikey discussion about the PM’s webchat descending into vitriol is itself descending into vitriol. Amusing.
    This web thing really does bring out the best in humanity.

  • 12
    GeeWizz
    Posted Monday, 8 October 2012 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    philtee, someone having an internet chat on facebook can’t seriously expect anything else.

    If this was Abbott being grilled we’d be told Abbotts stunt backfired… why are we instead talking about what a hard time the PM’s having?

  • 13
    Aubrey Belford
    Posted Monday, 8 October 2012 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    Gee Whiz writes: “Barry, she’s a woman so saying anything about her or her policies means you are a misogynistic chauvinistic s_xist pig.

    Well thats what Labor and it’s supporters would have you believe.”

    Right on bro. It’s amazing what the leftists will spin. It’s like that Orwell bloke was saying about 2 plus 2 equaling 5. As if there’s anything sexist about “SSSSSSSSSLLLLLLLLLLLUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTTTTTTTT!!!!”, “lube up” or “get my dinner ready.”

    Some people will read anything into innocent, gender-neutral banter.

  • 14
    Patriot
    Posted Monday, 8 October 2012 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    Beheading good, lubing up bad.

  • 15
    williams kenny
    Posted Tuesday, 9 October 2012 at 6:13 am | Permalink

    Graffiti on the public toilet wall at the new Woolworths store in Tuncurry nsw this morning,, ALAN JONES WAS HERE,,,,,LOL
    Alan Jones and Woolies public relations manager Simon Berger were supposed to be at the opening this Thursday, how things can change in such a short time.

  • 16
    Hamis Hill
    Posted Tuesday, 9 October 2012 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    The majority of posters, so far, appear to be Alan Jones Clones.
    Behead all those who insult the Alan Jones and his clones!
    Problems with your mummys “Men”?
    More like an insult to your own gender.
    Self-emasculating morons looking for a group hug?
    Like Jones himself, pathetic parodies of men.
    Real men are not scared of women. Right?
    Some religions even have women priests.
    Ooh very scarey!

  • 17
    Damien Walker
    Posted Tuesday, 9 October 2012 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Gee Whiz “The PM is certainly coming across as precious now…”

    What has she done that appears precious? Removing the post about her father? Yep, precious that.

    Barry Filipowski “Gillard has discovered playing the victim is working wonders for her poll results.”

    Barry, are you suggesting she held an online forum in the hope she would be trolled in order to boost her polling?

    Some of you blokes need to have your right to vote revoked. Ad hominem much?

  • 18
    Arty
    Posted Tuesday, 9 October 2012 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    I am paying a subscription to read this stuff!

    Poor silly me.

  • 19
    GeeWizz
    Posted Tuesday, 9 October 2012 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    What has she done that appears precious? Removing the post about her father? Yep, precious that.”

    Not taking a phone call apology from Alan Jones.

    Then you got the Labor handbag hit squad attacking anybody who says anything not nice about her or her policies. I mean she’s starting to turn into a real glass jaw.

    I bet Marg Thatcher didn’t cry sexism like our current lightweight PM every time someone said something not nice about her.

  • 20
    GeeWizz
    Posted Tuesday, 9 October 2012 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Barry, are you suggesting she held an online forum in the hope she would be trolled in order to boost her polling? “

    Well a online forum of random comments certainly became the story didn’t it?

    How does this not always happen? i remember the media glee about the bashing Qantas got when it asked for suggestions on it’s facebook.

    I mean why was that all about “facebook backlash democracy” but this story is all about the “Poor PM”?

  • 21
    HB
    Posted Wednesday, 10 October 2012 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Crikes - you still have a moderation policy don’t you?

  • 22
    Mad Dog
    Posted Thursday, 11 October 2012 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Welcome to Australia, the fascist Country
    JuLIAR GillaRED….
    This UNION BRED UNION FED poor excuse for a human being,woman and our nations leader, does not warrant the accolades for her tirade in the house the other day,She is and always will be a scumbag of the highest order.

    Let’s Induce

    Labor

    And Get Rid Of The Labor Pains Earlier Than The Due Date!!!

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