Oh yes he did… Mark Latham takes a swipe at Michelle Payne 342



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The whole world may be talking abut the incredible achievement of Michelle Payne right now, but there’s one GOM (grumpy old man) who simply cannot see what the fuss is all about.

Mark Latham appeared on The Verdict last night criticising Melbourne Cup winner Michelle Payne for using her moment of glory to raise awareness of sexism in the horse racing industry.

The former Labor leader said it was “just no etiquette” and that “these things normally stay in-house”.

“In the excitement of winning the Melbourne Cup she’s excused anything, but it was certainly an unusual thing to talk about,” Latham said.

The panel discussion was about why women’s sport coms second and Mr Latham’s comments were met with a moment of open-mouthed shock from his fellow panellists.

Mr Latham said Ms Payne had clearly been given a fair go in the industry, “and that’s obviously demonstrated by the fact she’s ridden a Melbourne Cup winner”.

There’s no need to remind you that Ms Payne used her podium speech to stick it to the blokes who wanted her off the horse.

Also on the panel of the show was Amanda Vanstone who pointed out that not one of them has come forward to admit it was they who didn’t want her to ride.

Mr Latham told her, “Amanda, you stick to your code and leave the horseracing to the experts.”

The shock-jock ex-politician said he liked watching women’s sports “in some cases” and that he was a fan of Serena Williams.

“Whether people accept it or not, nature has given men greater physical strength, and in the sports where strength matters obviously the male players are a higher quality … spectators pay their money or watch TV, effectively giving up their time, they want to watch the very best.”

What do you make of Mark Latham’s comments? Was Michelle Payne wrong to call out sexism in racing when she won the Cup? 


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  1. I don’t watch the show, I can’t think of anything more boring than watching Latham have his daily dummy spit

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    • I think it is a throw back from the days when Laws and Jones used to be thought to be sensational by offending people on radio. That wore thin several decades ago but the same tired ideas get dragged out for “one last try” in the hope that it will crank up the ratings of yet another dying talk show

    • Spot on comment BUT Laws and Jones at least had a modicum of intelligence – this bloke is a deadset oxygen thief!!!

  2. and the Verdict is … Mark Latham is an illinformed boofhead who contributes nothing to informed public discourse in this country. Michelle was asked how she felt on winning the Cup … and she answered the question

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    • Maybe that’s Latham’s problem. He is gob smacked because a person actually answered a question.

    • and a fine job Michelle did at answering that question. they want to have a look at some of the questions that get asked – just because it is a female athlete .. it’s a joke

  3. What a sad little man with an attitude to match….. no wonder he didn’t go further in his political career

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    • Prob is – there are places for men like him – look at Alan Jones and that other loud braggard on Sydney radio. Ooohhh…I just wish Latham wld just shut his big loud mouth and fade away.

    • AND the problem is we are most probably paying him a pension as an ex-politician. He is out of control and the saddest excuse and embarrassment as an ex-politician as well. He is hateful and his unhappiness shows through every time he opens his mouth as he wants to pull everyone DOWN to his level of blackness.
      This chart may have changed but you get the idea folks…….
      Mark Latham is the VERY example of why the fuck is he getting paid by the public and then going on screen with his biased and vile perspective on life?????

  4. He’s just grabbing for headlines and thrives on being a sensationalist. Don’t watch the show – don’t like Karl.

  5. Really he is a stupid man , big mouth ,no brains ,
    Michelle told it how it is ,The owners are very quiet ,because they know she’s right ,

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