Kerri-Anne Kennerley Calls Out Yumi Stynes For Not Showing Up To Studio 10
Kerri-Anne Kennerley has responded to being labelled "racist" by Yumi Stynes who chose not to appear on the panel on Tuesday.
A heated on-air debate between Stynes and Kennerley on Monday sparked a social media backlash against both Kennerley and Stynes, prompting Studio 10 to revisit the topic this morning.
A group of about 30 people also gathered outside the Network 10 building in Pyrmont today to protest Kennerley's remarks about Australia Day protesters.
Stynes was scheduled to appear on Studio 10 this morning but wrote on Instagram that she would not be joining the panel.
"This is not because of what happened today between Kerri-Anne and I," she wrote.
"I am feeling stable and calm and like I’m on the right side of history. Everything is ok. I’m not coming in because I really urgently want to lie around and do nothing. It’s very important."
After it was announced on Studio 10 that Stynes would not be present, Kennerley accused her of being "unprofessional".
"I don't get people who don't turn up," she said of Stynes' decision.
Kennerley suggested on Studio 10 on Monday that the thousands of protesters who marched in Sydney on January 26 "hadn't been to the outback where children...and their mothers are being raped" and had "done nothing" to help Indigenous communities.
"That is not even faintly true, Kerri-Anne, and you’re sounding quite racist now," Stynes observed.
“This is actually seriously important to me because I value my reputation quite fiercely," said Kennerley.
"I need to address the fact that I was, in fact, called a racist and for some people who will perhaps only ever see a headline, this is important," she said.
“If you look at ‘racist’ in the dictionary it’s thinking that another racial group is superior or another group is inferior," she added.
“The statement that I made was about the tragic abuse of women and children in some Indigenous communities. Now that is a fact, it’s backed up by a lot of people. It is not a judgement, it doesn't mean..thinking a group is superior, or someone is inferior."
“It is a fact. Throwing words around can be dangerous and very, very hurtful," she said.
"More importantly it is detrimental to solving this, horrible issue. Forget the words, forget who’s on what side. Whoever you are, just help and find a solution to rape, which can lead to suicide in some of the most vulnerable people."
“And I just want to say, I am, always have been, and always will be, Australian.”
Former Greens MP Lidia Thorpe, and Alice Springs Councillor Jacinta Nampijinpa Price joined the Studio 10 panel today to discuss Monday's row over Australia Day.
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