Tuesday, January 26, 2021

More on Margaret Court's Gong

Champion tennis player Margaret Court did receive the highest award of our land and the skittles have been falling with a Canberra doctor notifying the Governor General's department that she was returning her award in protest.

Widely respected retired ABC journalist Kerry O'Brien did not accept his award in protest, citing the decision as being deeply insensitive and divisive.

Now Sydney artist and environmental activist Peter Kingston  has not accepted his award, saying Court needs to reconsider her words and actions. 

When the awarded reject them or hand them back there is a serious issue on principle of being in 'the company of someone else who received an award and should not have'. The system is broken, and in more ways than one.

23 comments:

  1. Being unaware of what all if happening, it sounds like someone said insensitive things either before or after receiving an award, and others are declining the same award. Is there guilt by association? Can the public differentiate between the one and the others?

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    1. Court has received two Australian awards. She has now received the highest award. One person handed back their award and two have now declined the award because of the homophobic religious nutter preacher Court receiving her award. Australians know what it is all about.

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  2. Court can cite any religious beliefs she wants, _within the confines_ of her church and bedroom. But she cannot force her views on marriage equality and homosexuality on a public that finds her views repulsive. No wonder the other award recipients gave back their awards or refused to accept new ones.

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    1. Succinctly put Hels. Thank you.

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  3. It sounds like Margaret Court has done a great deal to help needy people with food parcels etc.. Though I do not share her views about homosexuality and same sex marriage etc. I believe that democracies should be strong enough to accept that not everybody will think the same way about topical issues. How many of her critics have done as much as she had done to help less fortunate people?

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    1. A valid point YP and such good work undone by her vitriol and hurtful speech, behaviour and preaching. I would rather people did nothing if it stops them having a platform to spread hatred.

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  4. I heard about the returned and rejected awards Andrew, it doesn't seem to have made any difference though does it!

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    1. Grace, not this time it didn't, but I suspect it may well be in the selection committee's minds in the future.

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  5. Hate mongering is hate mongering. If she were preaching about blacks or aboriginals like this she would be castigated and awards wouldn't be on the radar. There is no what-about-ism about it.

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    WWW

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    1. WWW, that is quite true. There is not way she would receive an award and some have had their taken away in the past.

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  6. Good for those who took a stand for tolerance and against homophobia and hate masquerading as Christianity.

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    1. Hate masquerading as Christianity is such a good phrase Steve.

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  7. I do find myself wondering (perhaps unjustly) whether her adherence to the pentacostal church to which our PM belongs has had any influence.
    And, as an aside, I do resent the way that the higher awards are so often given to people who have been paid (and often well paid) for the job for which they also receive the award.

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    1. EC, naturally I thought, well think the same about the common church. Awards for people doing their jobs is an old and sore point for most people and still it goes on.

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  8. @Yorkshire Pudding, believe me, a gay person could be dying of hunger at her feet and she would still not give him food.
    She can have her free speech but it won't help the young gay teens who have suicided in this country because of the kind of abuse that makes them feel worthless.

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    1. I know as much as the next person about transgender, which is not much. But here is a direct quote in reference to transgender youth, “You know, even that LGBT in the schools, it’s the devil, it’s not of God.”

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  9. The way awards are given out these days, they're no longer "special" as they used to be. It's now the same as every kid in the team getting a little trophy just for playing, so if anyone is the actual winner, his award means nothing. Most of the award winners are just doing the job they are paid for, there's nothing "over and above" or heroic in their deeds. Going by that premise, where's my award?

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    1. River, I don't think they were ever so special. Always they have always gone to the rich and powerful. Some people are very deserving and I respect that. This year's Australian of the Year was worthy. It seems to be if someone important nominates you with important people as referees, then you get the award. If I nominate R for an award for five years of service as a community volunteer, and use you and EC as referees, no way and not even if it was for thirty years and not five.

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  10. Have you seen the video of her 'speaking in tongues'? She's not only a very nasty woman, but nuts too. Who on earth decided to honour her?

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    1. Cro, yes, but it slipped my mind. Your single word sums her up, nasty. The government appointed committee decides the awards and the awards system is as crooked as when dames and knights were appointed here.

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  11. Anonymous6:54 am

    The "woman" doctor is a man: sex change.
    O'Brien is a drunk - thrown out of a city bar recently.
    That "artist" is unheard of.

    Half-truths weaken your case.

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    1. I don't think so. Court is what she is standing alone.

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    2. And thank you Robert. You are still are in good form.

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