There’s few things more cringe-worthy than a politician trying to prove they’re down with the kids by filling our Facebook feeds with bad memes and jumbled internet speak.
That said – and seemingly against all odds – there’s one Aussie MP whose do-it-yourself memes manage to be both completely spot on and a scathing rebuke of racist, sexist online trolls.
Adding “just a touch of sass”, Faruqi has been publishing a curated collection of some of the “filth” being flung her way on a daily basis.
The result is ‘Love Letters to Mehreen’, in which she spell-checks her Islamaphobic trolls and deploys emojis with Julie Bishop-level finesse to transform toxicity into hilarity.
“I think it’s good to take back some control as well as expose it for what it is. I know so many other people – especially a lot of Muslim women – who are in the public eye who receive similar messages, so we can’t really ignore it,” she told New Matilda.
Pakistan-born Mehreen has been a member of the NSW state parliament for three years now.
She’s an outspoken advocate for multiculturalism and greyhound welfare, is pushing for a harm-minimisation approach to drugs and yesterday introduced a historic bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW, after more than 100 years.
BRB just penning her an actual love letter.
Feature image: Facebook/Mehreen Faruqi