Pauline Hanson. Picture: Hollie Adams/The Australian
Pauline Hanson. Picture: Hollie Adams/The Australian

Pauline Hanson’s tweet backfires badly

TWITTER has contributed one unambiguously positive thing to society.

It has given normal Australians the chance to regularly dunk on their politicians, with often hilarious results.

The latest victim of this phenomenon is One Nation leader Pauline Hanson.

Yesterday afternoon Ms Hanson noticed the hashtag #WakeUpToRacism was trending on the social media platform, and tried to appropriate it to highlight "anti-white racism".

She urged her followers to share their own experiences of anti-white racism.

The reaction was not what Ms Hanson had hoped for.

A relatively small number of people took the request seriously - and responded by arguing anti-white racism did not exist.

But the majority of respondents decided to keep their tongues firmly in cheek.

Here is a selection of the best reactions.



Ms Hanson's tweet evoked memories of her infamous "It's OK to be white" motion, which caused a kerfuffle in the Senate last year.

In that motion, she urged her colleagues to acknowledge "the deplorable rise of anti-white racism and attacks on Western civilisation".

The catchphrase "It's OK to be white" was originally conceived by trolls on 4chan's "politically incorrect" image board.

Signs and cards bearing the phrase have popped up in all sorts of public places since, occasionally inducing outrage.

"I hope that the Senate does the reasonable thing today by supporting this motion. Anyone who pays attention to the news or spends any time on social media has to acknowledge that there has been a rise in anti-white racism and a rise in attacks on the very ideals of Western civilisation," Ms Hanson said before the vote last October.

"I would also hope the Senate does the right thing and acknowledges that it is indeed OK to be white. Such a simple sentence should go without saying, but I suspect many members in this place would struggle to say it.

"People have a right to be proud of their cultural background, whether they are black, white or brindle. If we can't agree on this, I think it's safe to say anti-white racism is well and truly rife in our society."

Her motion was defeated by a surprisingly close margin of 31-28, as many government senators voted in its favour.

Coalition Senate leader Mathias Cormann claimed they had supported Ms Hanson's motion by mistake, due to an "administrative process failure".

He moved to redo the vote, and at the second time of asking it was defeated on the voices.

"Both Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Senate leader Mathias Cormann have woken with white guilt and withdrawn their support," a furious Ms Hanson said in response.

"It's one of the most remarkable days ever in Australian politics that Labor, Liberal and the Greens are now united in saying they would vote against a parliamentary motion condemning attacks on Western civilisation and white people because of their skin colour.

"If I had said it's OK to be black, every single senator in the chamber would have voted for it.

"As I stated on the floor of the Senate, I have always believed it is OK to be black, white or brindle."

It seems anti-white racism is still something of a bugbear for Ms Hanson.



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