Every year, the Ernie Awards take place to acknowledge those idiots who have taken their misogynistic stance too far.
Also known as the ‘Ernie Awards for Sexism’, this year saw stacks of contenders and nominees vying for top prize. It may have had something to do with a lot of folks being stuck indoors and behind computers – from where it seems insults are A-OK.
The fact is, they’re not. Whether you’re a radio presenter with the power of the mic open to the public, or a celebrity thinking a flimsy Twitter quote won’t hurt, you’ve got to realise that words do matter – including sexist, misogynist and homophobic ones.
So… to the winners for 2020.
The ‘Gold Ernie’ went to Jayson Westbury – CEO of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – for objecting to Tracey Grimshaw’s reporting of a travel industry refund scandal. “She needs to be given a firm uppercut or a slap across the face,” said Westbury. That comment also earnt Jayson the ‘Industrial Silver Ernie’ award, so now he has two to prop up his guilt.
The ‘Political Silver Ernie’ went to Senator Malcolm Roberts, who said of the family law system: “When you’re a father, and you can’t get access to your kids, and you can’t get access to the legal system properly, what else is there to do other than check out or hurt the other person?” Another unworthy idiot in politics.
There was a dead heat for the ‘Silver Ernie’ – going to Council of the Order of Australia, for awarding Bettina Arndt for “significant service to the community as a social commentator, and to gender equity through advocacy for men” (the panel obviously feel Bettina is very fair to men), and to the Shore school boys in Sydney for a challenge students took part in, aiming to have sex with women “over 80kgs, aged over 40, or who [are] deemed to be a ‘3/10 or lower’.” Sexism starts somewhere.
Spoilt Shore School stirrers also gave each other ‘points’ for such devious acts as spitting on homeless people, ‘sack whacking’ and decking strangers on the street at random. Oh, and for shitting on Sydney trains. Classy, yes?
In sports, of course, there’s lots of sexism, and the ‘Sport Silver Ernie’ (also known as ‘The Warney’) goes to the king of homophobia, Israel Folau, who claimed “bushfires crippling Australia are God’s punishment for legalising abortion and same sex marriage”.
We’re surprised pig-head Alan Jones didn’t receive a grand prize for his sexist commentary including last year’s announcement that Prime Minister Scott Morrisson “should shove a sock down the throat” of New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern.
But then, Jones has often gotten away with causing drama, trouble and chaos.
Lisa Andrews & Antonino Tati