Pauline Hanson's appearance on Q and A last night was confronting to say the least. Heartfelt exchanges and adrenaline-fuelled nervousness reached millions of Australians on Monday night's edition of the ABC's debate program.
Indeed, even just outside the studio a small but intense group gathered to specifically protest Ms Hanson's right to free speech.
From The Daily Telegraph:
The protests were heard inside the studio, as when Labour Senator Sam Dastyari said to Senator-Elect Pauline Hanson "You know, Ms Hanson here is not an amateur, she's not inexperienced. Ms Hanson you've been in politics now for 20 years, and you know exactly what you're doing and what language you use."
That was, in fact, exactly what one might think about Mr Dastyari, as he leaned on his elbows for dramatic effect. The flabbergasted nature of his response was one of careful consideration and deliberate pandering to an emotionally charged audience. For someone who accuses Ms Hanson of intentionally using her national attention to ellicit an emotional response from unwitting Australians, it seems Mr Dastyari is well versed in the art of political manipulation.
The politics of fear, hate and division are alive and well in these modern political times. All one needs to do is listen to almost any politician speak. Every second word that comes out of their mouths is either 'fear', 'hate', 'racist' or 'bigot'.
That is a great question. Let us now take a look at domestic violence, something that affects lives in so many different ways that it has dominated the public debate in Australia for a long time.
But, is domestic violence a global problem? Are there other countries around the world that have dealt with this same disasterous issue?
It turns out, yes, there are many ways the peoples of different lands have answered the question of domestic violence.
Some cultures frown upon it, openly discussing it's existence and constanty searching to make things better.
Like Australian, and Western, culture in general.
Some cultures in fact have written domestic violence into law. Such as the Islamic decree to only beat your wive(s) with a small stick, perhaps the size of a toothbrush. The beating is only to teach the woman a lesson, you see, and heavier punishments are dealt out by the sharia courts.
For a country that enforces these laws unashamedly, please refer to our 'ally' in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia.
A previous Q and A panellist, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, seems to have an answer to this dilemma.
In her words, "Common among many Western feminists is a type of moral confusion, in which women are said to be oppressed everywhere."
As she explains in the video below, young adult male migrants newly re-settled in parts Europe are experiencing a clash of belief systems. They are coming from countries that treat women as sub-human as a matter of daily life, and this is causing an eruption of statistics related to sexual assault such as sexual molestation and rape.
As is evidenced by the excruciating pain that Sonia Kruger has had to endure after speaking her mind on live national television, the debate around Islam has been stifled for a long time. There are things about Islam that desperately beg the attention of our nation. One elephant in the living room is the fact that Islam has been in the struggles of an ideological civil war. There is more than one faction of Islam, as there are more than one factions among Christianity, Judaism and other religions. To understand the differences between Shia and Sunni is essential to understanding Islam, as is the study of Wahhabism, the extreme form of Islam that carries Sharia Law as it's defining characteristic.
In light of further research, Pauline Hanson has actually shown restraint with her choice of calling for a Royal Commission into whether Islam is a religion or an ideology.
Ms Hanson has not addressed the secular groups at war with each other within the "Religion of Peace".
She has not as yet assumed to speak on those topics. She has simply and plainly called for a Royal Commission to investigate this area of foreign and domestic policy and a larger public debate including everyone, not only the politicians and the mainstream media with their instant access to television.
In the last portion of the show the subject was raised of the $13.5 billion dollars the country is paying overseas every year as the mere interest on our global loans.
The discussion was quickly pivoted to the election buzz-phrase of the "$50 billion tax cuts in ten years", which all sounded very nice, until Larissa Waters chimed in with her 'tax businesses to stop the Sun heating the Earth' hate-speech against carbon dioxide.
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Pauline Hanson's appearance on Q and A
by JEFF TATE | 19th July 2016
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An audience member, Cindy Rahal, asked Pauline why she focusses on Islam so much, "Why don't you look at domestic violence, why don't you look at education, at health? ...Why are you pushing fear into our community?"
One of the anti-Hanson protest organisers Cat Rose said most people would be shocked to see Ms Hanson given a soapbox such as the ABC.
“I think people are legitimately angry and want to show their opposition to Pauline Hanson and her vile racism being given more airtime,” she said.
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Enter Batman Vs Superman. The Ultimate Edition of course.
I decided to go and see this film, and yes, I am re-writing my own memories and saying that the Ultimate Edition is the one that came out in cinemas, it always was the original version, and it always will be so help me God, Amen.
If you've not listened to a
Hans Zimmer album, then you
need to do your ears the honor.
It was on the drive home that I was thinking to myself that I should be more like Superman and Batman. Of course, I was playing the very new soundtrack to the film that I had purchased before even seeing the movie. If you've not listened to a Hans Zimmer album, then you need to do your ears the honor.
I was thinking, 'Hey wait, I've always admired Batman and Superman. They've always stood for what's right and don't ever back down. What happened to me though? Why am I a pushover?”
And then all of a sudden I found myself tunnelling into the orchestral orgasm which is the soundtrack to the dream scene in the film that sees a young Bruce Wayne lifted up through the air by a swarm of terrifying comic book bats. At the same moment I found myself having the rare experience of driving in the left hand lane coming up to a red light, with the right hand lane backed up fifteen cars behind as everybody had hoped they could drive past and merge ahead of all the slow cars on the left (after the light turns green of course).
But alas for them, there were only two slow cars in the left lane, the rear of which being me.
Tunnelling, indeed, is what I felt like as I gracefully glided past fifteen fast-laners into a prime front position ready for the merge just up ahead. An air of supremacy filled my chest, and after all, this moment was aided by Hans Zimmer and Junkie-XL playing Greek-God-mythology-worthy opera pieces bluetooth-ed into my car stereo direct.
This film had left me excited, with many new angles and thoughts to ponder on and creativity beginning to surge within me. It did the same thing to those around me, it even inspired a stone-carving friend of mine to forge a life-size model of the Superman logo. He calls it the House of El, and it stands for hope, as you can see below.
all films are brainstorms
great films inspire our
minds to create
So, if this movie is so smart, you might ask, then what is the bigger meaning of the film?
The “real life” news discussion panels lay it all out for us.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson explains the conundrum the humans have as they grapple with the idea of God when they are seeing another God flying on the news. An idea that has taken hold of and transformed the human race in unmentionable ways, the annals of time knowing not it's beginning.
This is the brainstorm that is Batman Vs Superman. Without forgetting it's predecessor, Man of Steel, either.
Giving members of the audience a chance to wrap their heads around the age-old musings over Gods and Men from a different perspective.
Even conspiracy theory buffs will find a pleasant surprise in this film. As Lois Lane the Pulitzer prize winning journalist begins to uncover a huge story involving a psychotic billionaire who secretly sends arms to murderous rebels in Africa (A.K.A. Boko Haram), the Pentagon's Secretary of Defence stops her by referring to her story as a conspiracy theory in dismissal.
When of course in real life the U.S. government is arming the rebels! Albeit the rebels in Syria but it is a story that has been significantly spread around the world by mainstream media and draws many parallels to this event in this film. In the film it turns out that Lex Luthor is in fact the culprit not the U.S., and not the rebels who are by the way portrayed very accurately, as one of their leaders are killed near a small village, prompting the government to come and destroy the village as punishment to show the rest of their country what happens when you cross the rebels in any way.
And so the Secretary of Defence eventually grows interested and becomes an anonymous government whistleblower for the reporter, exposing secrets the government should be investigating, but are instead protecting the criminal for one reason or another.
Life parallels art in many ways.
To suggest these are just 'comic book movies' dazzles the intellect of anyone who has even a remote interest in these films.
The themes that are dealt with in almost any hugely popular 'comic book movie' are themes that the human race must face and come to terms with if we are to survive destroying ourselves. Or allowing ourselves to be destroyed by some unknown, outside force.
These comics, their stories and ethos are testaments to the struggle humanity has with itself and it's capabilities.
To be a God or not be a God.
That is the great question that has been upon us since time immemorial.
What do humans do when power over other humans is given to them?
Ancient Kings and Queens have grappled with this test of will, with their actions deciding the fate of thousands and even millions.
How can anyone not see how this is relevant to politicians and heads of enormous global entities and even gang kingpins, mafia dons and industry leaders, not to mention celebrities, youtube stars and anyone who has a major voice on a national or international stage?
The decisions faced by every single character in a comic book are the result of a massive brainstorm started by the creators and then given to the public in comic, or film, form.
This then results in the audience having their own brainstorms, and major discussions are then launched across the globe.
And, might I add, seeing humanity face these challenges with ingenuity, grace and moral strength are some of the reasons I have great faith in humanity, and I disagree with anyone who dismisses these movies as infantile.
The 9/11 scene in the beginning of Batman Vs Superman captures the horror, and the anger, that Americans felt and the civilised world sympathised with.
Within this seemingly childish 'action movie' you have an extremely accurate portrayal of something the world over has experienced. A part of history.
And it has been mixed with another question that has crossed many, many minds in this day and ages before, indeed, right back to the ancient old ones of every land, which is, what if there was a predator that was greater than the Earth's greatest predator, the human race?
What if we were invaded from the skies?
What would we do?
What would the human race do?
Would we lay down and wait to die, hoping against hope to be spared and to live out the rest of our destiny as slaves?
Surely a lot of us would do that.
But those of us who know it is far better to die a free man than live on your knees would stand. And fight.
And by the way, there are more of us who would fight for freedom than those who would die afraid and alone.
And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is how Batman Vs Superman uncucked me, by shouting at me “HEY! YOU! YOU THERE, WATCHING BATMAN AND SUPERMAN BECAUSE YOU BELIEVE IN THEIR MORALS! YOU WHO BELIEVES THE GOOD WENT OUT OF THIS WORLD A LONG TIME AGO AND MOST PEOPLE ARE NASTY AND STUPID NOW!
LOOK AT HOW ENORMOUS THIS MOVIE IS. LOOK AT HOW THE WHOLE WORLD WENT NUTS ABOUT IT AND IT WAS A WORLDWIDE PHENOMENON FOR A TIME.
YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE ALONE DIDN'T YOU!
YOU'VE WONDERED IN THE PAST IF THE WHOLE WORLD WAS GOING TO HELL! BUT PEOPLE ARE GOOD, JUST LIKE YOU ARE.”
That's what this film shouted at me for three hours and that's what made me realise I can go back to the time when I stood strong for my morals, and I didn't go with the crowd.
Once upon a time it wasn't me who just went around doing everything anyone wanted of me so people would like me more.
I can and will feel good about being the good guy.
Uncuck yourselves people!
Go watch some Milo Yiannopolous and Gavin McInnes on youtube.
Seeing Bruce Wayne
in the shower made
me want to do situps.
You know, I did laugh out loud when we saw a crowd of stone-faced people silently stare at the evil billionaire Lex Luthor making a speech about power and his elite lust for it. As a case study of what normal humans think of our maniacal elite drooling over the Promethean flame which our top-of-the-food-chainers hold high: it stands in accuracy.
We tend to yawn when forced to listen to madmen with god complexes.
For anyone who doesn't get it, Superman… he's just a bloke! He's a bloke who's from another planet so when he's on Earth his body can do things that others can't. He's a bloke who was raised and taught good morals by his very human parents, I mean, Kevin Costner is one of the most moral guys ever, come on!
He's just a bloke who realised that when he sees a little girl trapped in a house fire on television, he can get there in time and save her. When we see that girl, we slump our shoulders and say “We'll never get there in time. And could never go through the fire or fly to get her down.” We have to realise that we can't save everyone, and that takes a toll on us good folk, especially when we see more of the world than anyone in our short history has before. We are exposed to knowing about more natural disasters and more horrific events that happen globally than any human has had to endure and come to terms with than ever before. Damn right it takes a toll.
It has led us to believe that innocence has been overwhelmed.
Except Superman has the actual real chance we all want to have to really be able to save the people we love from almost anything. This ability has not hampered Superman's innocence like all of ours, and so he does not waver from his moral walk through life.
He is one of many shining beacons for good and right in this world and a role model to all of us.
And they wonder why all the little-boy-men watch 'comic book movies'.
Jeff Tate is a documentary filmmaker and author from Perth, Western Australia, currently writing for The Opened Mind. You can find him in this year of 2016 on facebook as Winston Smith or on twitter @theopenedmind or you can also email him at email@example.com