Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Australia: Men must not be photographed with Bikini-clad women (??)

THE LNP [conservative] Member for Whitsunday has found himself at the centre of a national and international media storm after posting a video to social media last week of himself bookended by two young bikini-clad tourists at the Airlie Beach foreshore.

The Queensland Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad condemned the "celebrating" of World Bikini Day on Twitter and Facebook and called Jason Costigan a "sleazebag".

Buoyed by online support and a general perception the post was innocuous, Mr Costigan responded in an interview with the Whitsunday Times. "This whole concept of political correctness has to stop," he said. "It's on steroids and it needs to be called out, it's beyond a joke."

In the wake of widespread media attention and online criticism, Ms Trad posted on social media again on Sunday night stating: "I've copped it, but I stand by what I said, because if nothing changes, nothing changes".

"Unfortunately, too many of us know sleazebags who use their official titles and positions to objectify and prey on women. It needs to stop," Ms Trad wrote on Twitter.

The Member for Whitsunday appeared on Channel 10 show The Project on Sunday and was asked by host Hamish McDonald if he was a "sleazebag".

"We have a lot of creepy things in North Queensland, snakes and spiders...but I am not one of them," he said.

Mr Costigan then politicised the reaction to the Bikini Day stunt by saying he was not a "part of the loony left."

"Political correctness has one place for me and that is down the toilet," he said.



Anonymous said...

Why is beauty a problem ?

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

Liberals want all boys to grow up to be like Pee Wee Hermin ride around on dumb red bicycles or end up as ballet dancers like from that stupid movie Billy Elliot or be tree huggers/sitters,or herb gardeners

Anonymous said...

I thought Feminists were all for women's right to choose. Don't these two women have a right to choose to wear a bikini and pose with a politician? I guess "right to choose" is only correct if the Feminist choose it.

Anonymous said...

Would it have been better if Mr Costigan had worn a bikini too?
Surely the Deputy Premier wouldn't want to shame the two tourists for what they were wearing?

Anonymous said...

Poor Mr. Costigan used a poor choice of words for his rebuke of the critics. "Political correctness has one place for me and that is down the toilet," he said. Now they will start accusing him of being a coprophiliac. Conservatives just can't win anymore. Sad.