You know what’s really not funny?
Jokes about strong women, which involve the implication that they’re actually men.
We’ve all heard the titters before; whether whispered in hushed sniggering tones or accompanying a few beers and a big belly laugh down the pub.
The suggestion that a powerful woman couldn’t possibly, actually, really be a WOMAN. Because chicks aren’t powerful, right? Only blokes are.
And tonight one of those totally unfunny jokes played out on national television thanks to Deputy Leader of the National Party, Barnaby Joyce. And it was all at the expense of the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff.
Minister Joyce was being interviewed on Channel 10’s The Project tonight about the role of Tony Abbott’s key adviser, Peta Credlin, in the Government. Credlin’s power to sway the Prime Minister’s policy agenda has been much speculated about and was up for discussion tonight on the popular news panel show.
“Peta’s got a strong role…” Joyce said before continuing with “The Prime Minister is definitely the boss but if you step on Peta’s toes she’ll put her boot up your backside.”