IT MAKES TWO OF US, YASSMIN – I don’t watch “The Project”, or TV generally, for that matter, but fortunately News.com.au is here this morning to tell me that Yassmin Abdel-Magied made a re-appearance last night on the show:
After fleeing Australia for London in the wake of a string of controversies, commentator Yassmin Abdel-Magied has returned — and her message is clear.
“I think the nice version of saying it is (I’ve got) no sh*ts left to give,” the 26-year-old said during an interview on The Project on Wednesday night.
During the chat, the former ABC presenter casually addressed the many controversies that unfolded over the past year and compared Australia to an abusive boyfriend.
“It is hard. It is dating like … an abusive guy,” she said when asked whether she misses Australia and how she explains the backlash she faced to international friends.
“You love a lot of things about them, but they hurt you deep. So what do you do? What do you tell people? Do you tell them about the great times you had. How grateful you were for all of the good stuff or tell them they traumatised you in a way that you will never be the same for?”
Her response was met with relative silence from the program’s hosts.
“Too deep? (Did I get) in too deep?” she laughed.
After enduring months of public backlash, Abdel-Magied described the treatment she received as “traumatic”.
“I am in a place where I am like, well, they took everything away from me. I am now someone with nothing left to lose and that is kind of amazing,” she said. “It means I can say what I want.”
Some free advice: don’t date a country. A country is not a boyfriend. It’s not meant to love and cherish you and be nice to you and defend you from friends no matter what stupid thing you do. Generations ago, people used to say, “my country, right or wrong”; the current generation clearly think that it’s their country that should be saying “you, my precious Gen Y, right or wrong”. Ask, by all means, what your country can do for you.
Of course, as Yassmin knows, in this context there is no such thing as “Australia”; there are only people, some of whom disagreed with her, and others who did. We have let her down by not being unanimous.
Over the past few months, we’ve heard a never-ending stream of revelations about the rampant sexual assault, harassment and abuse in the world of entertainment, the media, and the politics. Now Yassmin Abdel-Magied is #MeToo.