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Bye-bye Yassmin

24 May 2017

7:10 PM

24 May 2017

7:10 PM

It may well be a month too late, but slow clap to the ABC for finally doing the right thing.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s ABC show, Australia Wide, has been axed.

An ABC spokeswoman told The Guardian the show’s been canned as part of a restructure. “ABC News is changing how we deliver long-form local journalism in order to better match our audience’s needs,” the spokeswoman said.

They have a long way to go.

Let’s be clear: Abdel-Magied’s comments about Anzac Day were inappropriate, diabolical and unacceptable. She does not deserve a public platform to spew her hatred from, or public support.

“Lest We Forget (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine …),” she wrote on social media before hastily deleting.

It was a clear case of Anzac versus activist.

Dignity versus deluded.

Honoured versus horrendous.

And, it will forever be clear who deserves respect.

The ABC has denied that cancellation of the program is related to her Anzac Day comments. “This decision has been under consideration for some time and was not to do with any controversy over presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied,” the ABC spokeswoman continued.

Interesting timing, indeed.

Bear in mind, the news came hours before a Senate estimates committee. The issue would have been raised – loudly.

Have blushes been saved?

Fraught questioning cancelled?

Too late.

Yes, Senator Eric Abtez would have torn shreds. Rightly so.

SMH reports, “ABC staff still believe Abdel-Magied’s comments all but sealed the program’s fate.”

If it takes your previously loyal social media followers, a furious nation and livid politicians, to spell out for you why your comments were utterly unacceptable, you’re lecturing an invisible crowd.

It’s time the ABC got its act together – this should just be the start.

The last show will air on July 1.

No, Yassmin Abdel-Magied is not “feisty”.

No, she was treated “unfairly”.

No, it had nothing to do with “racism” or lack of “diversity”.

Quite simply, she was wrong.

As for the publication who suggested, “The onus is now on the ABC to put their money where their mouth is and demonstrate that Abdel-Magied’s career is not unfairly tarnished by the controversy.”

You’re joking, right?

Illustration: ABC.

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