June 29, 2015. 09:10
CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Contact
Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott has offended millions of people around the world with what has been described as a “backward, distasteful attempt at a joke”.
In an attempt to make light of a current social media trend of adding rainbow filters to facebook photographs, Mr Abbott has seen a bizarre “zinger” blow back in his face.
The social media site has shown its support for marriage equality with a new tool that allows users to superimpose a rainbow over their profile pictures, showing their support for gay marriage.
However the Australian world leader, who vocally opposes gay marriage, has decided to make fun of the movement. In a country that prides itself on acceptance, like gay marriage, it would seem the nation’s leader can’t even take the gay pride movement seriously.
Briefly appearing on social media this morning, the ‘Tony Abbot’ Facebook Page uploaded a photo of himself which appeared to use a “grey rainbow” filter.
Many LGBTI activists have taken offence at this, believing the Prime Minister is making fun of the gay rainbow.
As usual, Tony Abbott has had to front the media over his distasteful sense of humour, or lack thereof.
“I guess you could say this is me showing support for grey pride” said Mr Abbott between explosions of laughter.
“I guess, you could say that the legality of marriage in Australia is a bit… black and white [laughter].
The Prime Minister continued making grey/gay related puns for 5-7 minutes during the Canberra press conference, only before finishing with this beauty.
“It was really just me trying to prove to the world that I’m not a square. I’m quite kinky you know… I have at least six shades of grey! [hysterical laughter]
Mr Abbott’s trolling of minorities has become quite a problem of late, with many staffers – including his Chief Of Staff, Peta Credlin, having to confiscate his phone during moments of lull – for fear that he will begin trolling civilians on social media.
The original “rainbow filter” that Mr Abbott has been accused of mocking, has appeared on social media following the US Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry and arrives just two days before New York’s annual gay pride parade.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the filter on his Facebook page and said the company was a proud supporter of Pride, and employees in many countries are taking part in events and decorating the offices to show support.
To add the rainbow filter to your profile visit www.facebook.com/celebratepride