For everyone else watching, the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 has signified a reckoning for men in power across the entertainment and media industries.
Under the banners ‘Me Too’ and ‘Time’s Up’, women are calling for an end to sexual harassment and gender inequality in the workforce. And men have been standing up in solidarity with the women around them.
Everyone except Sam Newman, of course, who last night on the premiere episode of this season’s The AFL Footy Show took only minutes to say something vulgar about a female journalist and the #MeToo movement itself.
On International Women’s Day, no less.
Watch Sam Newman’s vile comments on the AFL Footy Show in the video below.
It started when co-hosts Eddie McGuire and Rebecca Maddern asked Newman, 72, a social commentator and former AFL player, about reports that he’s running to become the next Lord Mayor of Melbourne.
“Now, Sam I have got to ask you, you have made the headlines the last couple of weeks,” McGuire began, before mentioning News Corp columnist Susie O’Brien, who regularly criticises Newman’s conservative views.
“Even your nemesis at the Herald Sun Susie O’Brien is writing that it could well be conceivable that you could be the next Lord Mayor of Melbourne,” McGuire continued.
Cue: Extreme and unnecessary vulgarity.
“I reckon that woman gets aroused when she writes about me,” Newman said. “I am keeping her in business, I reckon she secretly wishes I would chat her up.”
Despite McGuire’s head-shaking, and Maddern’s blunt, “I don’t think so”, Newman continued.
He made reference to the #MeToo movement, saying O’Brien “wouldn’t have to worry” about sexual harassment. The implications of his comments are horrendous.
“I don’t think she has ever got to worry about the #MeToo movement because I don’t think that will ever visit her,” he said. “She is delusional.”
The nation, of course, was appalled:
Two minutes in to the AFL footy show and Sam Newman decides its time to suggest @susieob couldn’t have a #metoo moment, in the most derogatory way. Typical Neanderthal shit, from a prehistoric halfwit. No surprise he thinks Trump is so brilliant.
— smorganism (@smorganism) March 8, 2018