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Anna Wintour throws shade on Margaret Court and Scott Morrisson on LGBTQ issues

Vogue Editor-in-Chief and ice queen major Anna Wintour does not often have to say much when she wishes to express her dissatisfaction with something.

Instead, a piercing look beneath those sharp bangs is enough to see her subjects quivering with fright.

But this week, in Melbourne for the Australian Open, Wintour said a mighty mouthful in her critique of former tennis star Margaret Court, and our current Prime Minister Scott Morrisson.

Appearing as the headline speaker of the Australian Open Inspirational Series, Wintour criticised Court’s and Morrisson’s backward views and policies regarding the LGBTQ community.

Court, who is now a Christian minister, has been most vocal about her opposition to same-sex marriage and to homosexuality at large, while Morrisson refuses to address important LGBTQ issues in schools.

Wintour said that while the former tennis pro was a “champion on the court”, her opinions did not reflect the spirit of the sport.

“A meeting point for players of all nations, preferences, and backgrounds should celebrate somebody that was a champion off the court as well.”

“I find it inconsistent for the sport for Margaret Court’s name to be on [a] stadium that does so much to bring all people together across their differences,” said Wintour. “Margaret Court was a champion on the court, but a meeting point for players of all nations, preferences, and backgrounds should celebrate somebody that was a champion off the court as well.”

As for Scott Morrison, Wintour said, “Like many of you, I have been alarmed by your Prime Minister’s record on LGBTQ rights, which seems backward in all senses, that no one [should] be expelled from school for their orientation. A government should protect its people and not make it unclear whether they will be accepted.”

Former prime minister Tony Abbott weighed in by saying the fashion magazine editor shouldn’t give “ignorant lectures”.

“When I go overseas,” said Abbott, “I try not to give ignorant lectures attacking other countries, and I think visitors to Australia should pay us the same respect.”

Antonino Tati

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