Morrison, Abetz and Jones awarded for 2021’s most sexist remarks

Oct 20, 2021

The 29th Annual Ernie Awards for sexist remarks took place on October 19 with Senator Eric Abetz and Prime Minister Scott Morrison emerging as some of the night’s top winners.

The Annual Ernie Awards sees 300 women come together at New South Wales Parliament House to judge the most sexist remarks by public figures during the previous year.

Ernie Awards Organisor and Founder, Meredith Burgmann said misogyny was particularly prevalent in 2021 over previous years.

“Misogyny comes and goes over the years but the eruption in March this year seems to have reached a peak that hasn’t been seen since the Julia Gillard period,” she said.

Abetz was nominated and took home the gold Ernie for sexist remarks for his comments on rape allegations surrounding Christian Porter and the claim by former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins that she was raped in Parliament House.

“Senator Eric Abetz, when asked if Christian Porter was the unidentified minister who was accused of rape. “yes …but not to worry, the woman is dead and the law will protect him,”…. ‘as for that Higgins girl, anybody so disgustingly drunk who would sleep …” the tweet said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison took the Political Silver Ernie for his comments following Ms Higgin’s allegations of rape:

“Finally in the POLITICAL ERNIE is PM Scott Morrison following Brittany Higgins’ allegations of rape, “Jenny and I spoke last night and she said to me you have to think about this as a father first. What would you want if it were our girls?…Jenny has a way of clarifying things”.

Morrison also saw a drop in the polls during the height of the allegations with his personal approval rating and preferred party ratings taking a slump.

Other Ernies for sexist remarks were awarded in other categories, including Alan Jones who was nominated in the Media Category for comments on Sky After Dark, referring to NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant “how many villages are missing their idiot?”

Ricky Stuart, coach of the Canberra Raiders, who was nominated in the Sports category  “If I can’t have tough conversations with my better players, I might as well coach netball”.

The winners are chosen by the Ernies ‘Council of Elders’ who judge quotes sent in by over 3000 women throughout the year, the Elders will then choose the Gold Ernie winner and the winners of the 8 categories.

Burgmann said although the awards event is “entertaining and often comical” there is a need to address the prevalence of sexist and misogynistic remarks.

“They have a serious intent which is to remind Australians that women are still not equal and are subjected to shockingly prejudiced views and remarks,” she said.

“It is remarkable that what began as a joke so long ago has become an institution, known around the world.”

 

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What do you think of the Prime Minister's and Senator Abetz's remarks? Are they deserving of such accolades?

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