Scott Morrison Wins Top Prize During The Most Sexist Remarks Awards For 2021
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Scott Morrison has walked away with The Trump Award at the annual Most Sexist Remarks of the Year.
The Ernie Awards are dished out every year to people in Australia who have made bizarre, backwards, weird or straight up outrageous comments.
Each year, 300 women get together and go through a list of these remarks and hand out awards in several sectors: politics, celebrity, judicial, industry, media, sport and sisterhood.
There are two other categories: The Good Ernie (which goes to someone who calls out a problematic comment) and The Trump (which is given to someone who has made multiple bad comments in a single year).
Sadly for the Australian Prime Minister, he copped the latter.
His first entry was for comments on the Women's March4Justice march, where he told Question Time that 'not far from here, such marches, even now, are being met with bullets, but not here in this country'.
Essentially, he was saying women should at least be happy they're not being shot dead.
Mr Morrison's next awkward moment was when he revealed his wife, Jenny, told him he 'had to think about this as a father first' when referring to when Brittany Higgins alleged she was raped at Parliament House.
Many found it bizarre that the Australian First Lady had to humanise an awful situation for the Prime Minister.
His final entry came when he said 'well, gee, I bet it felt good to get that out', to Australian of the Year Grace Tame after she told a crowd about the shocking sexual abuse she endured as a child.
Senator Eric Abetz won the Political Ernie Award after reportedly saying 'as for that [Brittany] Higgins girl, anybody so disgustingly drunk who would sleep with anybody... she could have slept with one of our spies and put the security of the nation at risk'.
Abetz has denied making the comments attributed to him, saying: "Allegations of rape are serious matters and have always been treated as such by me. Sexual assault is an issue on which I've been consistently outspoken including domestic violence."
Professor Magnus Nyden and St Luke's Grammar School shared the Celebrity/Clerical Ernie Award.
The Dean of Science and Engineering at Macquarie University got the nomination for saying 'a woman is biologically wired to be more concerned about people, and men about things'.
The Christian school got theirs for getting male students to create a list of all the desirable traits in a woman, but the characteristics were points-based and virginity scored the highest.
Australia's Chief of the Defence Force General Angus Campbell earned his Industrial Ernie for urging female cadets to avoid the four A's: 'alcohol, out after midnight, alone and attractive'.
For a positive bit of news, two men were handed The Good Ernie for saying or doing things that helped women.
Liberal MP Russell Broadbent was nominated for telling male politicians they 'need to be quiet, listen, and learn' about women's issues in Parliament.
He was also the one who asked Scott Morrison to organise a national gathering of women.
Richard Hinds from ABC's Offsiders said 'I'm 100 per cent certain women in power are still held to a much higher account than men' when talking about Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle.
Featured Image Credit: Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle