Himbo says bimbo and ends up legs akimbo
Well, there goes the moral high ground. By calling Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop a “bimbo” on Twitter today, Labor MP Steve Gibbons has turned the sexism debate into yet another hypocritical Labor backflip.
What a buffoon. Actually, in the spirit of gratuitous name-calling, let’s call Gibbons a baboon. He showed about as much brains as one, and the insult fits with his surname. Also, his arse is now a big red target.
Back in early October, I was proud to wave the flag for the now famous Gillard speech, as it was an impassioned and seemingly unrehearsed vent for her anger at Tony Abbott’s deliberate and cynical recycling of the vile phrase “died of shame”.
It also seemed like a moment when the Prime Minister said right, enough with this sexism stuff, this misogyny stuff – call it what you or the Macquarie Dictionary will. Gillard was a little theatrical, but she made her point well. She won’t cop it anymore. None of us should cop it anymore.
As it happens, I’m not one of those Australians who believes that Mr Abbott has “a problem with women”, whatever that means. But it’s pretty much beyond doubt that he’s had the odd issue with how he talks about women. Most blokes have, myself included.
Ms Gillard’s speech was a reminder to stop and think about the language we use with regards to women before we open our big yappers.
So here we are six weeks later, in a year marked by innumerable Twittrocities, and some lowly MP who normal Australians have never heard of blows the caper big time.
Mr Gibbons weighed in to a genuine debate on the merits of Julie Bishop in the stupidest possible way. By invalidating everything his party leader has stood up for, and because his grey hair looks like it might once have been blond, there really is nothing left but to call Mr Gibbons a “himbo”.
And of course, to wait with bated breath the response of a woman who he probably calls “Mrs Timbo”.
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