I’ve wanted to say this for an awfully long time. Fuck you, Pauline Hanson.
Over the last 20 years, I’ve watched you pick on Asians, Muslims, the LGBTQI community and other women, and I’ve silently fumed. Rolled my eyes, gone high while you searched for new lows and found my own way to make the world better. Because there’s no point arguing with people who aren’t fond of facts or evidence (and you proved as much when you argued against vaccination, and actions speak louder than mud slung in anger. For twenty years, I thought the best remedy was to ignore your hate based rhetoric and try to live my life in contrast to the way you live yours.
But this week, enough. Today with two decades of rage under my belt, I say loudly: Fuck You, Pauline.
It takes one helluva bigot to wrestle the headlines from the Bigoted Orange Swamp Turd who’s shitting all over the White House, and somehow, you’ve managed to do just that. You’ve dug through the depths of the most turd filled swamps this week and found a new way to attack a minority group in a feeble and frankly pathetic attempt to remain relevant. You’re not. And every time you open your foul mouth I’m reminded of why.
Yes, there are people that follow you, wash your pustular words away with rationalisations like “Don’t hate me, but I kind of see what she means,” or “It may not be PC, but she’s just saying what people are already thinking.” Congratulations, swamp wench, you are officially the Pied Piper of Prejudice. You are relevant to the very lowest common denominator within our country: the nose pickers who are easily swayed by populist rhetoric – your personal speciality – without knowing any actual facts. Because facts get in the way for you, don’t they? You know, the fact that vaccines don’t cause autism, that Muslims are more at risk from terrorism than any other group in the world. The fact that sexual assault is a crime (unless you are Donald Trump, your new bestie). Or the fact that children with disabilities don’t compromise their classmates’ learning journeys.
On behalf of those pesky facts and of every group that you have demonised (it’s getting to be a pretty big list) Fuck You. Politicians like you are a disgrace to our democracy. Because despite what you think, protecting democracy doesn’t mean calling women’s march participants “fat.” It doesn’t mean isolating people from each other and turning them against one another. It doesn’t mean finding a scapegoat or dividing people in the hopes of getting a little political traction. It doesn’t mean being a media whore. Being a leader is supposed to be about representing everyone. Not just the bigots. It’s supposed to be about standing up for people, not tearing down vulnerable children.
These are children, Pauline. (May I call you that? Actually, fuck you, I’m going to anyway. You don’t deserve a title). Children. And you want to systematically segregate them from the rest of their peers. Why not just make them wear a gold star? Separate water fountains. Back of the bus. Yeah, we all know how well those things worked out.
Whether its neurodiversity or multiculturalism, our differences make us stronger as a country. Being around people who are a little bit different to you is actually a good thing. It teaches you valuable life skills, like humility, grace and not being a complete douchebag. It exposes you to new ideas (crazy concept, I know, since you’d rather live in an era the other side of World War 2). It’s how inventions are conceptualised, knowledge is spread and progress is made. We don’t segregate anymore, Pauline. The White Australia Policy is dead and gone and everyone – especially children – deserves every opportunity our amazing country can offer.
Neurodivergent kids are pretty diverse bunch themselves. There’s no way of labelling them or pigeon-holing them that makes sense. There’s no evidentiary path that actually shows that they distract other kids. And fuck you for thinking there is. There are real issues in our education system that urgently need attention and your mouth flapping is diverting from the real issues that will help our children. You know, the ones you are paid to create a future for.
Fuck cynical politicians like you. Fuck people who are so unhappy with their own lives that they’re willing to latch onto some empty, ill-informed, hate spewing harpy like you who diverts attention from the real issues. Fuck anyone who thinks it’s ever okay to marginalise children of any kind, ever. Fuck you very much. I’m taking the nasty back. Forgive me, Michelle, Malia & Sasha, I just can’t “go high” today. No, today I’m joining you in the cesspool you call life, Pauline, and I’ll mud wrestle you for the title if I have to.
You want to go low, bring it, you hate-breathing, fear-mongering, bottom-dwelling bitch. You’ve got nothing. No evidence, no solutions to your pretend problems, and nothing intelligent to say on the subjects like neurodiversity and education. Nothing intelligent to say, full stop. Fuck you, Pauline. You are the festering boil on the asshole of humanity, and we’re sick of your toxic crap.
To learn more about the value of inclusive education, please check out:
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And if you somehow missed the Fuck You, Anti-Vaxxers post from last year that she co-wrote, you can read it here.