“I needed to run in case there was a terrorist attack,” the media personality and businesswoman said on her radio show, The 3pm Pickup, on Monday afternoon.
“I like to plan ahead. Going to the MCG, there were two things on my mind,” she told co-host Monty Dimond.
“The first was being trampled in the crowd. The other thing I worry about is terrorists. And there was that terrorist plot to blow up the MCG on grand final day in 2015.
“… I needed to run in case there was a terrorist attack.”
It sounds hyperbolic when Bec says it aloud. But it’s not. She’s just the only one talking about it. The truth is, that apprehension is something many have felt in the pit of our stomachs when we gather in public spaces. For a split second, for a blink, we think: ‘This kind of thing would be attractive to a terrorist who wants to kill a lot of people.’
Of course, we do not let that thought rule us. We do not let it determine how we live; how we gather. We push onwards and cheer and scream at footballers and musicians until we don’t have a voice left. Then we go back to our families and homes, enjoy cups of tea and hugs, safe and sound.
But the thought still flickers, somewhere, quietly.