Australian senator complains after being called "angry white male"

An Australian senator said Monday he is filing a racial discrimination complaint against a journalist who called him an "angry white male" because it could "offend or insult some white males."

In an opinion piece published last week, the Fairfax Media journalist Mark Kenny described David Leyonhjelm, a senator from the minor Liberal Democratic Party, as "a boorish, supercilious know-all with the empathy of a besser block," referring to a type of construction brick.

Kenny was criticizing Leyonhjelm over his fight against Section 18C of Australia's Racial Discrimination Act, which makes it illegal to offend, insult, or intimidate someone because of their race, colour or ethnicity.

In a display of irony, Leyonhjelm filed his complaint against Kenny under the same section which he has trying to have repealed.

Leyonhjelm said Monday he was not offended by the name-calling, but that his complaint was intended as a test case "to highlight the absurdity of the law."

"I'm drawing attention to the fact many people seem to think it's OK to insult white people but if it's black people being offended then that's racist," he told local radio.

Both the government and the opposition say they are not in favour of repealing Section 18C.

Last update: Mon, 15/08/2016 - 10:36

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