I really need some help to understand the collective mindset of Australians.
In November last year the majority of Australians voted in the Marriage Equality Plebiscite to allow same sex couples to marry. This was under the banner of the much touted catch cry of ‘Love is Love’. With the statement that ‘we don’t choose who we love’ the whole idea that Australia voted in favour of was that people can love whomever they want. A man can love a man and a woman can love a woman….and of course now get married.
So now just a few short months later, the nation is outraged and up in arms because our Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, has changed who he is in love with, leaving his long term marriage to his wife Natalie and now is in love with his former staff member Vikki Campion. There are questions all through the media like, Is Barnaby Joyce fit to be a Politician and indeed is he fit to be our Acting Prime Minister next week when Prime Minister Turnbull is out of the country? Social Media, always rife with highly opinionated people, has been flooded with judgemental statements and or calls for his resignation or sacking. Some of the media are also asking the question of whether what Joyce has done ‘passes the Pub test,’ going on to make the prediction that it fails the said test:- which I guess means, if the question was asked about his suitability for public office in a local Pub, the beer drinking Aussies in the Pub would say no. Certainly the Opposition has made raucous calls for his sacking or for his resignation. Today as I was driving home, the news reports were saying that at this stage Joyce still has the majority support of his party….which the inference seemed to be that this was waning….which would mean that the supporters in his party are deciding that maybe he is not fit to hold office after all.
Here is what I don’t understand. Based on the fact that the majority of Australians think that ‘Love is Love’ and you should be able to love whomever you want…..shouldn’t we as a nation be celebrating the fact that Joyce has found new love, has successfully impregnated his lover who is now with child, and the only Pub test we should be talking about is how many beers Joyce is going to shout the drinkers at his local pub in Armidale.
See to my way of looking at it……Australians when it comes to their response to this Joyce story, are either supremely stupid, spectacularly gullible as they swallow whatever the media feed them or they are horrendously hypocritical.
I genuinely don’t know where I think my conclusion will lie. Isn’t love love? Can’t Joyce love whomever he wants? What’s the difference between being judgemental toward a gay couple – which Australia rejected – and being judgemental toward this couple?
I also want to just add a disclaimer here:- I do not agree with or condone the behaviour of our Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce. This blog is merely me scratching my head at the response of the Australian public.
Anyway, That’s what I think.
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