Alan Jones, a man who has fantasised on radio about disposing of women’s bodies in chaff bags, hanging them above the streets of Sydney, and suffocating them with socks, would like us all to be a little more careful with our language, please.
“The language used about me is just extraordinary,” the 2GB broadcaster said in an interview with Nine News on Tuesday.
The vocal criticism has come in response to Jones’ suggestion that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison “shove a sock” down the throat of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, in order to silence her on the subject of climate change.
Alan Jones speaks to Nine News. Post continues below.
“Here she is preaching on global warming and saying that we’ve got to do something about climate change,” the 78-year-old said on his breakfast program on Thursday.
“I just wonder whether Scott Morrison is going to be fully briefed to shove a sock down her throat.”
But alas. It is us, most of whom do not have a microphone, or a $4 million annual salary from our nationally syndicated radio show, who ought to think twice about the “language” we choose to use.
“It seems to be OK that you can in social media, about Alan Jones, say that we should kill him,” Jones told Nine News on Tuesday, horrified.
Of course, no matter what an individual espouses, we would never endorse threats of violence. To do so is to immediately lose an argument.
Threatening to ‘kill’ Alan Jones feels not only barbaric, but lazy given how easy his actual ideas are to argue with.
But the irony of Jones – a man who has, with the words he is paid an astronomical amount to say, suggested a woman be thrown to sea in a body bag, or hanged, or suffocated – suggesting we all ought to tone down our language, is almost too much to bear.