So utterly predictable.

Who was surprised to see darling of the hard left Magda Szubanski sign up to take part in Dan Andrew’s government ad campaign in the fight against coronavirus?

No one.

Who was surprised that deputy darling of the hard left, The Project’s Lisa Wilkinson used it as an opportunity to whinge about sexist trolling?

Same number as above.

The criticism that flared up at Magda taking part was quick and fierce after the ad campaign was launched.

It swiftly fell into anti-vax commentary and became hijacked by those who appear to be convinced that coronavirus is all a conspiracy.

The wheels came off very quickly, but what is really interesting is to see leading figures of the far left hopping in to shout, “MISOGYNY!”

Lisa Wilkinson tweeted:

What a load of rubbish.

How about we reverse the genders in that statement and look at this:

“From Steve Price to Alan Jones to Ben Fordham and just about every [conservative man] in between. These days it seems it doesn’t matter your talent, your good intentions, your social conscience, your looks [how is that even acceptable to drop in?]… if you’re male and put yourself out there expect to be trolled.”

You cannot sit on screen and spout this relentless poor-women narrative, pushing an anti-men agenda… and then attempt to play the gender card.

Perhaps Lisa needs to consider that criticism is fierce of anyone who voices their opinion in this age of social media?

Perhaps Lisa may also consider that criticism of Magda may be because she chose to align with a government, which is currently dissolving democracy before our very eyes?

Perhaps Lisa may, while she’s at it, additionally contemplate that women are sometimes criticised because people don’t like them?

It’s not because they’re women. Many people dislike Magda; not because she’s a woman, but simply because they don’t like her.

Newsflash: women are not exempt from criticism!

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