Malcolm Turnbull’s son Alex has received a brutal slamming over a “disgusting” comment he made about a female journalist’s sex life, with renowned radio host Ray Hadley leading the criticism.
The former prime minister’s son came under fire on Monday after retaliating to a post by writer Janet Albrechtsen on Twitter.
The journalist shared a story from The Australian which took aim at Alex’ decision to donate funds to an online activist group which has been targeting mainstream media organisations, claiming he “had become a very funny caricature of the sore loser”.
It didn’t go down well with Alex, who quickly shot back with his own fiery post which included speculation over her sex life, in an effort to shame her.
It was immediately met with criticism from fellow journalists, in particular 2GB host Ray Hadley, who was not afraid to share his disgust on air.
“He [Alex] needs to pull his head in and wake up to himself,” the radio broadcaster said on his 2GB radio show on Tuesday. “He’s a young man saying dumb things and I’ve cut him some slack… but now he’s entered the debate in the most unsavoury, disgusting way. And for that he should be condemned.
“He needs some counselling that young bloke, disgraceful stuff he’s come up with.”
Hadley’s comments were met with support from fellow host Ben Fordham who expressed his frustration on Twitter, adding: “Using sex to publicly attack a woman. So woke.”
Others also took to social media to share their thoughts on the tense situation, with Fairfax Media journalist Lakita M Bourke hitting back at Alex for his behaviour.
“Why on earth do you think any woman’s sex life is something you can comment on?” she wrote on Twitter. “If Abbott or any of the right-wing Libs made such a comment about a female journalist would you consider that decent, respectable and a sign of your progressive credentials?”
Why on earth do you think any woman's sex life is something you can comment on? If Abbott or any of the right-wing Libs made such a comment about a female journalist would you consider that decent, respectable and a sign of your progressive credentials?
— Latika M Bourke (@latikambourke) December 3, 2018
Following the outpouring of hate, Alex removed his original tweet and posted an apology to the journalist for all to see.
“Apologies to Janet Albrechtsen. Your personal life, much like your opinions on family values and judgements on the lives of others have no place in public discourse,” he wrote.
Apologies to Janet Albrechtsen. Your personal life, much like your opinions on family values and judgements on the lives of others have no place in public discourse.
— Alex Turnbull (@alexbhturnbull) December 3, 2018
He added: “Tabloid viciousness never leads anywhere good especially when it darkens ones doorstep.”
Alex’ latest comments follow his claims “extremists” have taken over the Liberal party following his father’s departure as prime minister.
In the lead up to the Wentworth by-election, Alex recorded himself as he pleaded with voters to shun the Liberals in the race for his father’s former seat – insisting it would act as a scare tactic.
“To me this particular event seems to show the Liberal party has been taken over frankly by extremists on the hard right who aren’t particularly motivated to win elections and aren’t particularly motivated to serve the public,” he said. “They’re just motivated by a crazy agenda.”