DEVENY DOUBLES DOWN – What’s the best way to follow up your Anzac Day eve tweets in which you insult past and present servicemen and women, ridicule the risks they have faced and question their intelligence and moral fibre? Why, you keep going:

On Facebook [Deveny] declared that she can’t wait for Anzac Day to be over.

“I abhor Anzac Day and can’t wait til it’s over. I am so delighted to hear the chorus increasing every year saying ‘Anzac Day is bullshit. It’s a Trojan horse for ­racism, sexism, toxic masculinity, violence, homophobia and discrimination’.

“ANZAC Day is f***ing disgusting and should have gone in the bin decades ago. As it gets closer my head feels tighter and tighter and I feel more and more nauseous. I blame the collective cognitive dissonance seeping in.”

Needless to say, Deveny’s opinions have proven rather controversial:

If that was indeed some people’s reaction, they are dickheads plain and simple. I haven’t served myself and can’t pretend to speak on behalf of those who have, but I doubt they need threats of sexual violence to defend their honour and their record.

Violent rhetoric aside, Deveny deserves as much respect as she herself has shown the majority of Australians who value the tradition of Anzac Day. She’s got every right to spew her ill-informed garbage – that she doesn’t believe there is freedom of speech in Australia and that Diggers had died to protect it doesn’t change the fact that there is and they had – but everyone else has got the equal right to think her sad, pathetic and clueless.

P.S. Deveny’s white privilege has served to all but starve of media oxygen an Indigenous shrill who would have otherwise enjoyed more of her 15 minutes of dubious fame today:

Aboriginl sovereignty activist Lizzy Jarrett has written in an Anzac Day Facebook post saying “lest we forget” about the “genocide” of black people in Australia since 1788.

Ms Jarrett’s post links to a page that says we should remember white colonials’ conflicts with Aboriginal people because they are “more significant” than World War I and other overseas battles and wars fought by Diggers.

In reference to Anzac Day, Ms Jarrett who describes herself as a “Gumbaynggirr Dunghutti Bundjalung Warrior Woman” says indigenous people are “prisoners of war”.

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