I really don’t want to write about Bob Ellis today. From his latest piece in The Drum, I think we can all agree that his time as an intellectual has well and truly passed. As @drnaomi pointed out on twitter, “The only thing worth noting in the essay is the depth of Bob Ellis’ knowledge of sex offenders!”.
I won’t link to the Ellis piece here. You all know where to find it.
The factual errors alone should have been enough for The Drum’s editor, Jonathan Green, to knock it back, let alone the ridiculousness of the premise: that feminists are to blame when men do stupid and/or illegal things and fuck up their careers. And is a little bit of rape really that bad for women and girls?
But I don’t want to write about Ellis today because that would mean having to read his rubbish again, and my eyeballs have suffered enough.
Most people can see this piece for what it really is: a blatant attempt to generate hits. And each time a site does that, I respect them a little bit less. Sure, it gets clicks and it gets people talking, but they’re talking about the wrong thing: that The Drum is trolling and readers don’t appreciate being treated like idiots. It’s the kind of thing I’d expect from The Punch, not the ABC.
Contrary to what the MSM believes, Australians are capable of having discussions about nuance and shades of grey. An interesting opinion piece will generate loads of clicks and comments. We already have enough trollumnists who don’t let accuracy get in the way of a faux-outraged opinion piece: Miranda Devine, Andrew Bolt, Piers Akerman, Paul Sheehan, Janet Albrechtsen. Do we really need another conservative writer twisting the facts in our limited public space?