Anzac Day is “f..king disgusting” according to the writer and comedian Catherine Deveny and “should have gone in the bin decades ago”. The comments have enraged members of the Australian Conservatives who are fully supportive of an enduring and reverent commemoration of the day.
The Australian newspaper reports, Deveny, who runs writing workshops, took to social media today to attack the day on both Facebook and Twitter.
“As it gets closer my head feels tighter and tighter and I feel more and more nauseous,” Deveny wrote on Facebook.
“I blame the collective cognitive dissonance seeping in. I abhor Anzac Day and can’t wait til it’s over. I am so delighted to hear the chorus increasing every year saying ‘Anzac Day is bullshit. It’s a Trojan Horse for racism, sexism, toxic masculinity, violence, homophobia and discrimination,’ “ she wrote.
She also insulted troops on Twitter but claiming their role was “no more dangerous or prone to upheaval than many other jobs” while advocating that the term “service” be thrown in the bin.
“It’s part of the fetishisation of war and violence.”
Condemnation was swift online.
“On behalf of the 102,825 Australians that lost their lives while “serving”, I respectfully ask for your apology for making such a selfish, uninformed statement,” wrote Twitter user @BubbaFett33.
“Yawn. Don’t give her the attention she craves.” Wrote Nine journalist and foreign correspondent Tom Steinfort, who cover Anzac Day ceremonies in Turkey when he was Europe Correspondent for Nine.
Deveny told one US army vet, who contacted her from Kentucky: “You didn’t ‘serve your country’ you chose a job in the violence industry.”
@Buckets74 commented: “I “served” in the Australian Army. It wasn’t just a job. I was sent to Afghanistan among other sunny holiday spots...The job was dirty and dangerous and I hope to Christ my children find safer jobs as adults.”
On Facebook Deveny went into detail about her sacking from The Age newspaper in 2010, when she was dismissed after making crude comments about TV star Rove McManus and his partner Tasma Walton.
“Rove and Tasma look so cute! I hope she doesn’t die too,” she tweeted about talk star Rove McManus, whose wife Belinda Emmett died of cancer in 2006.
She was also sacked for a crude slur about Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late TV Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin, who was 11 at the time.
“I so do hope Bindi Irwin gets laid,” Deveny tweeted.
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