Tension was high in the Morning Show studio this morning when host Andrew O’Keefe and former politician Mark Latham clashed over the topic of feminism.
The Morning Show organised a panel of guests to discuss the question: ‘Are men treated like second class citizens?’.
The topic was centred around feminism and the government’s new ad campaign for violence against women, which some say unfairly paints men as aggressive and cruel.
Mark joined Andrew and his co-host Angela Cox, as well as Daily Telegraph columnist Miranda Devine and The Guardian columnist Van Badham to discuss the topic if men were being unfairly targeted.
Mark was asked by Angela if he thought men felt threatened now that women today are educated and better off financially.
“No I think the average man is doing quite fine, they ignore most of the left feminist clap trap,” he said
“They ignore people like Van who are a very very minority interest in our society, she’s a self declared anarchist way way on the extreme left of politics representing perhaps point zero, zero, per cent of thought in Australia so she’s safely ignored.
“When you look at the bottom of society when you get away from Van’s debate about women like her, because left feminism is essentially selfish,” he said before O’Keefe interjected, “Oh for god’s sake”.
Andrew openly scoffed at Marks response and that was all it took to send the two into a back and forth battle of yelling over the top of each other before Angela stepped in to try to control the situation.
Just when it looked like they had finally calmed down though, things picked up again.
“You live in cloud cookoo land. If you’re on the 11:30 train out of the city and there’s a women’s only carriage, and you’re a bad bloke looking to do damage, you’re going to go straight in,” Mark said referring to the recent proposal of having women only carriages on late night trains.
“That’s a really good insightful comment there. Great to have constructive debate there. Thank you. And thank you all for your insights and thank you Mark for the entertainment,” replied Andrew sarcastically.
“Thank you for the objectivity, Andrew and maybe next week, you can go back to being a proper professional host. If you want to participate in these debates declare that at the start of segment,” replied Mark before Angela stepped in a ended the interview.
The reaction on social media has been mixed with some people siding with Andrew and calling out Mark for being “biased and ignorant”.
Others though, said Andrew should have shown more professionalism and kept his cool throughout the segment.
Take a look at the segment below and tell us who you think was in the right and who was wrong.