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Liberal MP Under Fire For 'Joke' Meme About Falling Chinese Space Rocket

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Liberal MP Under Fire For 'Joke' Meme About Falling Chinese Space Rocket

Victorian Liberal MP Bernie Finn has come under fire for a meme he released over the weekend that many have branded insensitive and problematic.

The controversial politician, who is known for sharing memes on his Facebook page, jumped on the bandwagon of the news of the falling space debris.

China's Long March 5B rocket was plummeting back to earth at nearly 30,000km/h and no one knew where it was going to hit, which sparked fear amongst some people.

Mr Finn thought it would be funny to ask his followers where they wanted the debris to hit the most: The Project host Waleed Aly, the ABC, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Greens Senator Lydia Thorpe.

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Credit: Bernie Finn/Facebook
Credit: Bernie Finn/Facebook

He captioned the post: "For the benefit of humourless left-wing tossers, this is a joke."

While many followers gave their opinion on what option they would like, there were many people who didn't find the funny side of the meme.

One user replied, saying: "Bernie, as a politician, isn't it your responsibility to represent all the constituents in your electorate? By making this comment, you are causing division being judgemental. Not a good look for any politician of any way they may lean."

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Another added: "There are no statesmen in the Liberal Party. This is unbecoming of a Federal MP. You should be ashamed of yourself."

A third wrote: "Der! It's a JOKE about blowing up an Aboriginal woman, a Muslim man, the bed-bound guy with a broken back and the broadcaster currently focussed on exposing powerful men's violence against women! HAHA GET IT!? THE FUNNY BIT IS BLOWING THEM UP!!"

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Others were calling on the MP to resign in the wake of the meme.

But, in an apparent reply to the haters, the Liberal MP added in a comment: "It must be a dreadful existence to be a humourless left-wing tosser."

It's not the first time Mr Finn has sparked controversy by sharing content on social media.

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Earlier this year, senior Victorian Liberals said the party would be looking into Bernie posting false pro-Donald Trump conspiracy theories on Facebook.

The content revolved around the 'Deep State' and the plot to remove Trump from Office.

He also courted controversy in November last year for sharing an ablest meme despite being the Shadow Assistant Minister for Autism.

The MP shared a picture of the Victorian Premier and the meme said if 2020 was a person it would be Daniel Andrews. However, the image had been altered to make the state leader have a lazy eye.

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The post was eventually taken down, however he faced similar calls to resign.

Featured Image Credit: Bernie Finn/Facebook

Topics: Australia

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