Liberal outrage after Vicki Dunne likened to Jennifer Lopez

johnboy 30 June 2011 19

This morning the Liberals were in the highest of dudgeons after Labor’s John Hargreaves said something mean about the Liberals’ Vicki Dunne in the Legislative Assembly last Thursday.

“I was appalled by the distasteful behaviour shown by John Hargreaves in the Chamber late on Thursday, when he made derogatory and sexist statements about by my Liberal colleague Vicki Dunne,” Zed said.

Mr Hargreaves was overheard relaying the comments to his front bench colleagues including Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher and Deputy Chief Minister, Andrew Barr.

“I wrote to the Chief Minister on Friday seeking an explanation on this latest incident. This morning I received an unsatisfactory response from Katy Gallagher which apologises ‘for any offence taken’ rather than the disgraceful comments themselves.

“This sort of behaviour is reprehensive and has no place in the Assembly or the public. No female worker should be subject to offensive comments about their bodies; it is completely unacceptable and warrants condemnation from all sides of politics.

We enquired as to what exactly had been said but were told it was only available on background. However as a local tree killing publication has chosen to publish it we feel it’s fair game now.

As it was told to RiotACT the Liberals’ Vicki Dunne had remarked that a Government program of some sort was going “pear shaped” and Mr Hargreaves rejoined that she’d know all about that.

Yes, this is the cause, many days later, of squeals of outrage and offense.

So here’s our take on it.

    1. Most objective observers would consider that describing Vicki Dunne as “pear shaped” is generous, especially considering this body type can be used to describe Jennifer Lopez (pictured).

    2. Considering some of John Hargreaves other drunken antics this seems like a pretty low range offence.

    3. If the outrage distracts attention from pocketing volunteer relief money then being silly might be understandable.

    4. We’re not entirely sure what “reprehensive” is.

    5. The tree killers are some years behind the times if they think Mr Hargreaves is in the Cabinet.

Not Canberra politics’ finest day all round really.

[Photo Credit: Jawalls]

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19 Responses to Liberal outrage after Vicki Dunne likened to Jennifer Lopez
astrojax astrojax 8:33 pm 30 Jun 11

choku bai jo could rightly sue for defamation to pears…

Postalgeek Postalgeek 4:11 pm 30 Jun 11

C’mon, we all know under that wig there is a Sontaran.

Thumper Thumper 3:45 pm 30 Jun 11

The only Doctor Who fan commenting is the person I watched those episodes with

I was going to say a vogon, but didn’t….

BimboGeek BimboGeek 2:02 pm 30 Jun 11

The only Doctor Who fan commenting is the person I watched those episodes with 🙁

Johnboy are we unhip nerd types?

BimboGeek BimboGeek 11:11 am 29 Jun 11

Vicki Dunne is playdough shaped.

All you Doctor Who fans will agree that she’s probably a Raxacoricofallapatorian in a Vicki suit.

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 9:12 am 29 Jun 11

gazmant said :

I just like how you’ve gone for the semi-naked photo of J-Lo. Well done John.

So he should have gone for a semi-naked photo of Vicki Dunne?

Pandy Pandy 10:55 pm 28 Jun 11

Someone offer Zed a box of tissues.

gazmant gazmant 10:48 pm 28 Jun 11

I just like how you’ve gone for the semi-naked photo of J-Lo. Well done John.

Watson Watson 9:39 pm 28 Jun 11

I don’t really get why calling someone ‘pear-shaped’ is sexist? Admittedly, I don’t know many male pears. Lots of apples though.

But if they would’ve made a joke about a male politician being fat or skinny or whatever, would they have called that sexist? Is it because they feared that Vicki would be scarred for life because someone made a joke about her appearance?

What a load of bullocks.

p1 p1 8:17 pm 28 Jun 11

At a former job, a collegue was chastised for being involved in a email exchange which included that very photo, as some colourful language.

He forwarded the email in question, along with a statement which could be considered a resignation, to the whole company. And when I say whole, I mean the global multinational. So whenever I see that pic, I chuckle to myself, then go back to wondering what the person who made those pant was thinking.

Classified Classified 7:37 pm 28 Jun 11

I thought the picture WAS Vicki Dunne until I saw the writing at the bottom.

schmeah schmeah 5:27 pm 28 Jun 11

The Liberals really need to get their position on sexism sorted. Penny Wong gets cat called at Senate Estimates, but the Liberals are loathed to speak the words ‘we’re all sexist pigs’ .. While Hargreaves, hardly a man of reputable character says something which could, if you squint, be interpreted as sexist to Vicki Dunne – a blip on any political radar – and they go crazy!

rosscoact rosscoact 5:07 pm 28 Jun 11

Diggety said :

3 comments and no South park reference? Come on!

Taco flavoured kisses?

housebound housebound 4:44 pm 28 Jun 11

Vintage Hargreaves. Vintage Lib outrage. Vintage JB comments.

All-in-all, a good laugh.

Diggety Diggety 4:23 pm 28 Jun 11

3 comments and no South park reference? Come on!

shirty_bear shirty_bear 3:35 pm 28 Jun 11

This morning the Libs arc up? About this tripe? The same morning they weren’t contactable about their $10,000 volunteers’ rort/bonanza (depending on which side you’re on).

The very notion of these eejits forming a government gives me hives.

pajs pajs 2:46 pm 28 Jun 11

I am apprehensive that my reprehensible conduct in trousering money for volunteers will reduce my credibility = “reprehensive”.

I may need to make further use of this new word.

amarooresident3 amarooresident3 2:19 pm 28 Jun 11

FMD. If Hargreaves thinks Ms Dunne is pear shaped he needs to take the beer goggles off.

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