Katter and Joyce stamp their feet and say nooooo

It was a big day for public tantrums that are all about Me!Me!Me! today. I wonder if it was the same handful of people at the anti-marriage equality rally and the anti-carbon tax rally, and they just turned their banners around? Speaking of the banners, they certainly didn’t make anyone look too bright. If you go to a highly-reported political rally that is attended by politicians and you claim that “our democracy is dead”, you’ll look like an idiot. Also, shame on ABC News for giving the arseholes chanting “ditch the witch” any airtime.

At the anti-equality rally, Bob Katter whined about a word and Barnaby Joyce demonstrated that he has some creepy ideas about ownership of daughters: Gay marriage should be ridiculed: Katter:

(The story has been updated since I first read it, so some of these quotes are no longer there.)

The Queensland MP harked back to a time when the word “gay” had a different meaning from that of today, describing it as one of the most beautiful words in the English language.

After quoting the poet Alexander Pope, Mr Katter said “nobody has the right to take that word off us.”

Wait, what? He’s opposing same-sex marriage because he wants to use the word “gay” with gay abandon? That’s his argument?

And it gets more cuckoo:

Nationals Senate leader Barnaby Joyce said his four daughters would be affected if same sex marriage was allowed.

How? No one is taking marriage away from straight couples (assuming his four daughters are straight). He might as well have said “My daughters are beautiful so ugly people shouldn’t be allowed to get married”. That makes as much sense.

“We know that the best protection for those girls is that they get themselves into a secure relationship with a loving husband and I want that to happen for them.”

Best protection from what? From gay people? Or from catching the gay? I wonder how Joyce’s daughters feel when he tells the country that their only achievement will be becoming someone’s wife.

“I don’t want any legislator to take that right away from me.”

Your right to get your daughters into a relationship? Whoa, that’s a whole lotta creepiness right there. Like when Tony Abbott talked about his daughters’ sex lives with a journalist. Yuck.

Labor MP John Murphy said relationships between same sex couples were not the same as relationships between men and women.

“My electorate accepts that all people are equal, but my electorate also accepts, in fact rejects, that not all relationships are equal”, the western Sydney MP said.

Wow, what a nasty view. If you find it highly offensive to be told that some relationships are worth less than others, and happen to live in his inner metropolitan electorate of Reid, you can contact him here.

But what would an anti-equality rally be without Warwick “when men do bad things it’s feminism’s fault” Marsh? He told the rally that feminists are to blame for the UK riots. Why do we keep giving stupidity so much air time?

32 responses to “Katter and Joyce stamp their feet and say nooooo

  1. Hahaha! So only after publishing did they realize how stupid some of those quotes were?

    Wow.. Makes you wonder what didn’t make it to print in the first place doesn’t?

    Seriously though, wiping away tears of laughter over here. 🙂

  2. I had to wonder about that Joyce comment – really, WTF? HOW is a couple of gay people getting married going to affect the sexuality of someone else?
    Grotesque. Also, despite thinking that Katter is a hell of a lot more intelligent than he often appears, events like this one do make me wonder. Does he know that ‘gay’ meant promiscuous or rakish or loose BEFORE it meant merry and bright? There’s a reason we use the term ‘gay abandon’, and it’s got little to do with being happy – or actually, a lot to do with it.

  3. Feminism is to blame for the riots? That may be my fav explanation. Competing with this one, from the letters page of yesterday’s Australian (if I may, and hey, I read it in a waiting room).

    YOU are right, of course, Ros Kidd (Talking Point, 13-14/8). But nor was it the rioting youths or their parents who implemented the education and social policies which led, at least in part, to the unrest.
    For that, you must point the finger at the moronic Left-leaning postmodernist social-deconstructionists in charge of the asylum. I wager that these misguided people, almost to a person, read and absorbed Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida with unmitigated glee.
    Graeme Osborne, Southern River, WA

    The ideology behind welfare, and education for all. That’s the problem. HIgher order thinking. Social justice. Trying to help. How dare experts inform policy making!

    Who are these people?

  4. I vote Labor, I live in his electorate, but that fucker Murphy does not speak for me on this issue.

  5. “Best protection from what? From gay people? Or from catching the gay? ”

    It’s because if they legalise gay marriage, then poor, innocent straight women and men will be seduced by the salacious ways of me and my kind into wild crazy gay marriages.

    Queer pussy and penis is just that damned powerful.

  6. I just realised we wrote posts on the same article. Damn, there goes my attempt at originality.

    For what it’s worth, I’m yet to meet a man in a ten gallon hat whose opinions I can take seriously. We should get Barnaby one too – it’ll make stupid statements easier to spot at a difference.

  7. (De-Lurks)

    In terms of Mr Katters lamenting of the ‘loss’ of the word gay, I’m minded of a definition from “The meaning of Liff” written by the late Douglas Adams and John Lloyd way back in 1983.

    AINDERBY QUERNHOW (n.)
    One who continually bemoans the ‘loss’ of the word ‘gay’ to the English language, even though they had never used the word in any context at all until they started complaining that they couldn’t use it any more.

    (Re-lurks)

  8. Barnaby Joyce is so confused. The best “protection” for his daughters is to avoid marriage and relationships with men, since more violence happens to women inside these relationships than outside.

  9. Thought you might like to know: Katter’s party registration application has been rejected.

    http://bothkindsofpolitics.org/?p=6869

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