June 29, 2015. 09:10
CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Contact
Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott has offended millions of people around the world with what has been described as a “backward, distasteful attempt at a joke”.
In an attempt to make light of a current social media trend of adding rainbow filters to facebook photographs, Mr Abbott has seen a bizarre “zinger” blow back in his face.
The social media site has shown its support for marriage equality with a new tool that allows users to superimpose a rainbow over their profile pictures, showing their support for gay marriage.
However the Australian world leader, who vocally opposes gay marriage, has decided to make fun of the movement. In a country that prides itself on acceptance, like gay marriage, it would seem the nation’s leader can’t even take the gay pride movement seriously.
Briefly appearing on social media this morning, the ‘Tony Abbot’ Facebook Page uploaded a photo of himself which appeared to use a “grey rainbow” filter.
Many LGBTI activists have taken offence at this, believing the Prime Minister is making fun of the gay rainbow.
As usual, Tony Abbott has had to front the media over his distasteful sense of humour, or lack thereof.
“I guess you could say this is me showing support for grey pride” said Mr Abbott between explosions of laughter.
“I guess, you could say that the legality of marriage in Australia is a bit… black and white [laughter].
The Prime Minister continued making grey/gay related puns for 5-7 minutes during the Canberra press conference, only before finishing with this beauty.
“It was really just me trying to prove to the world that I’m not a square. I’m quite kinky you know… I have at least six shades of grey! [hysterical laughter]
Mr Abbott’s trolling of minorities has become quite a problem of late, with many staffers – including his Chief Of Staff, Peta Credlin, having to confiscate his phone during moments of lull – for fear that he will begin trolling civilians on social media.
The original “rainbow filter” that Mr Abbott has been accused of mocking, has appeared on social media following the US Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry and arrives just two days before New York’s annual gay pride parade.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the filter on his Facebook page and said the company was a proud supporter of Pride, and employees in many countries are taking part in events and decorating the offices to show support.
To add the rainbow filter to your profile visit www.facebook.com/celebratepride
It’s rather sad that our PM constantly acts like a child, thinking that all he does is for the”Betterment of Australia as a whole”, yet refuses to listen to the very people he is supposed to represent…
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I can not believe our elected Prime Minister is soooo out of touch with his electorate, his state, his country & the rest of the world.
I for one will never ever vote for such a ” stick your head in the sand & it will all go away” absolute tosser.
Coal will not be our countries saviour but the stance against gay marriage will not be his either.
What a ridiculous excuse for a leader of a country. As an Australian female, I am offended on a daily basis, by his (for lack of a better word) silly approach to so many things – women, men, workers, immigrants, and not to mention his media releases. Who proof reads what he says?? Did the powers that be choose him because he is a clueless pawn? Silly- my first thought would be ‘we CANNOT let that guy near the mics’
i firmly believe that tony abbot should be investigated for their role in the mafia role
especially amanda vanstone
What a shame we have a backward Prime Minister leading the country.
Tony Abbott actually makes me ashamed to be australian.
How dare he think just because he ‘personally’ doesnt agree with equal rights he can stand there and pull the piss out of the LGBT community.
I feel like im in fucking highschool again. Grow up Abbott!
I usually am very good with writting down my emotions and thoughts, but i am at a loss with what abbott did and all he has proven to me and the rest of the world is that his thoughts and so called heart are GREY bordering on black to mock my sexuality with the degrading “so called” sence of humour of his is the lowest of lowes. I feel sorry for his sister, she must really be a very strong lady to forgive his insensitivities.
Tony Abbot might very well be the biggest jerk on the surface of the planet – that is actually quite an achievement, because the competition is high! :-O
Amp up the irony boys n girls
The pm who I have next to no respect for by the way stands up for his beliefs. and the masses.. who like sheep follow and heckle anybody with views that do not align with their own views …. remind you of anyone with a confederate flag
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It’s just so obvious that it’s to do with his own personal reasons and not for the best interests of the people he is supposed to represent.
Most people are either for it or don’t care…
He’s just coming across as homophobic, especially after this little outburst, he’s behaving like a moody teenager that can’t get his own way.
Facebook? Really? Someone has far too much time on their hands…
He doesn’t represent Australians as he is not Australian. Problem is, if we revoke his citizenship, the Brits won’t want to reclaim by such an idiot either! Let’s hope he calls an election soon so we can be rid of him once and for all!
who cares that he put grey stripes, I just don’t get it why are ppl forcing there beliefs on ppl and that’s ok! but still give blk ppl your butt to kiss, that’s crazy! we can argue everyday for the rest of our lives about who,was,what, and how they was born but we know for a FACT BLaCK People was born that color and still being mistreated because of OUR color!
How about if we put so much time and energy into excepting a man wants to be a woman and a woman wants to be a man, and EXPECT a BLACK Person that just want to be comfortable and Love there on SKIN! We as BLACK People been mistreated for sooo Long! I cry almost everyday for the mistreatment we can’t do NOTHING in this COUNTRY no matter how hard we try to be except! we dye our,hair straightened our hair, bleach our skin change our voices deny WHO WE ARE, just to be EXPECTED in WHITE AMERICA so Excuse me if I have a little less compassion for this Gay Pride; No matter what y’all think you don’t know what hard is until you walked in a BLACK Person shoes in AMERICA!
One thing for sure you can hide in the closet and no one will/would ever know and still enjoy life but my People we can’t even if we did or didn’t want to because our Skin,and Features will tell you who we are!
So Now America Can We Please Have Black Pride, Can We Have Flags, Can We Have PEACE! PLEASE I’m Begging You PLEASE LET US ALL LIVE IN PEACE………………….So if you’re blk & gay ppl will respect the fact that you’re gay but HATE YOU because of your Race!
Which one of you has actually thought about the consequences of following America’s decision to allow same-sex marriage become a legal and public normality? Do you realise the effect that this unwise and illogical choice of the majority of America has made will have?
Consider the children of the homosexuals. Consider the lack of necessary love from their true mother or father that every single child will have. Consider the next generation.
The Word of our Creator states in truth, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” ( Proverbs 14:34 )
Accept it or reject it, every man will face the Lord and His righteous judgement. Do not think for a second that we are free from responsibility and accountability.
Romans 14:12 “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”
I ask you to consider the consequences of your unexamined choices will have.
Fuck off with your religious bullshit, if I wrote a book saying that everyone should do as I follow, do as I say and categorize and number it. Does it suddenly become a legitimate book to believe and then quote to strengthen your attempt on preaching other people about said bullshit.
Mark you really should look at the bible from a historical sense rather than simply what you have been taught. The bible teaches you to love others unconditionally, it teaches that ‘supposedly’ ‘God’ is the only one who can stand in judgement. How can you possibly then, as a man, so decidedly ignore one of the most significant concepts of the bible?… Oh right, because that’s all Christianity and almost all versions that have derived from it have done.
Those children you speak of, will have more love than ever, why?, because their gay parents will want them, love them, and raise them to Value equality. The future generations? Will most likely and hopefully be a more accepting generation. Rather than the bigotry, hatred, segregation, and inequality that we currently have in the world. Oh and where did all of this come from? Oh right yeah, Religion!
We have human rights, we have a seperation of church and state for a reason. So that all people may live equally and have freedom of choice over their private lives.
Gays through parades celebrating peace and are despised… Yet Christians, Islamics, and many other religions people start wars and they are idealised. It’s as wrong a concept as Tony Abbotts sense of humour.
Oh, come on. Are you seriously that ignorant?
If gay people can’t reproduce then what is left? Adoption.
If a child is up for adoption they have ALREADY been deprived of their natural parents, genius.
Oh my gosh, he’s cutting everything, even his BUDGET for the colour ink!,that’s total reject photo ,sorry!
There are many many Australians who like me totally agree with Tony Abbott and are not in favour of gay marriage. What you do in your own home is up to you, but why are you so bigoted and hateful for those of us who are strait. Those of us who follow natural law. Those of us who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman for life. You are not being attacked by us. You have all the same rights as us. Marriage is marriage. Find another word for your union but it will never be marriage, even if you get it passed into law. How about now starting to think of others, the children whom you are removing their rights to a father and a mother. Whose protection you are removing now that pedofiles are beginning to demand their rights to treat kids how they wish. Tony Abbott is right. His job is to protect this country from invaders, to provide a level playing field for business’s to thrive, to give people choice when it comes to health and education, to lessen government interference in every day life. What you want to do behind closed doors is up to you and the unfortunate outcomes are also your responsibilities.
Tony Abbott is actually standing up for what he believes in. Most people are just sheep and follow the majorities view. Harden up Australia dont get so offended all the time. Im ashamed to be a part of this ridiculously weak generation.
I SUPPOSE YE LIKE THE IDEA JUSTIFYING AIDS FOR OUR FUTURE,YE MORON!
AS IF ALL THE BRAVE WHOM FOUGHT AND SACRIFICED THEIR LIFES DID SO TO WATER DOWN FAMILYS WITH THE INEPT VERSION OF IT,WHILST HE MAY HAVE OFFENDED WE WERE IVEN FREE WILL TO SAK THE CONCEPT OF INEPT FAITH,
BUT I GUESS IT’S EASY FOR ME TO SPEAK MY MIND HIDIN BEHIND A KEYBOARD,HOWEVER THEY THINK I’LL STAND MY GROUND AND DEFEND THEY WHOM NEED IT BEING THE CHILDREN OF THE FUTURE,
NOW IF THEY WANNA LIVE TOGETHER N CHUM ABOUT,SO BE IT
HOWEVER TRYING TO WATER DOWN REAL MEN WITH TRUE FAMILYS AIN’T FOR PRETENDERS OF LOVE TO EMULATE,
AS EVERYONE WHOM ATTEMPT TO DEFRAUD THE TRUTH BEING
WRITTEN,LET ME REMIND THE DRUG ADDICT OF NO CAUSE,
I GOT MY FIST AND MY WEAPON TO BACK THE TRUTH!
SHAME ON YE LAME FAILS OF SOCIETY WHOM DON’T HAVE THE BALLS TO COME CLEAN,WIZDOM EXCELLS PRUDENCE,
LET’S KEEP OUR SACRED BLESSING FOR WHAT IT IS
GOD CREATED WOMAN FOR MAN,LIVE WITH IT!
this is the year 2015…I am married and have 2 children, I am a non practising basically Christian based life form – at no time have I considered people should be isolated for their choices/no choices in sexuality…I consider that every child deserves to grow up in an environment where their caregivers are not custodians, but loving parents.
In a quickly changing world – divorce is often fait accompli and frankly the gay parent has a tougher road to achieve parenthood, surely they have already proven their GREAT NEED AND DESIRE AND DETERMINATION to be caring giving parents.
To put this discussion in the same sentence as paedophilia is twisted and perverse.
To deny people to use the marriage act because of their gender, is an outmoded and discriminatory act.
In terms of the impact of this backward approach to life as we know it on our economy IT IS HUGE…
A global celebration of love – regardless of gender, or race; a marriage economy fuelled by acceptance of everyone’s right to be accepted and celebrated may well help everyone who wishes to be employed, to be employed…
There is nothing better than a wedding and nothing more refuted than our biblical tome…
let’s move forward with rainbow and rose and transparent glasses.
It is not the time for separatist behaviour in the world we live in.
It is a time for understanding, compassion, and inclusion.
Real Australians say welcome! not just to refugees, but to our wonderful, diverse community members, and for the most part, their beliefs!
and if god created woman for man – thank god we women have evolved to believe that our place in society is equal and not a position of ownership.
Guess speedo-man is all into 50-shades of grey.. -_- eww
So tired of having to be politically correct constantly. What happened to freedom of speech. Toughen up people, get the chips off your shoulders and live your lives without expecting everybody else to conform to your expectations. Be yourselves, gay, black or whatever, and stop worrying about those who don’t accept your differences or trying to change those who are entitled to their own opinions and views.
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