Content Warning: This post addresses sexual assault and will be distressing for many readers.
At the time, Hall was speaking to former St Kilda player and co-commentator Leigh Montagna during a pre-game chat at Friday night’s clash between the Western Bulldogs and Geelong at Etihad Stadium.
Hall commented on the impending birth of Montagna’s child, suggesting her obstetrician ought to touch her in order to stimulate the birth. The remark was excessively sexual, and the comments have resulted in a huge onslaught of backlash.
Among the pile-on, however, was a more nuanced voice – that of radio and television host, Meshel Laurie.
In an open letter to Barry Hall shared on Saturday afternoon, she powerfully explained why his joke was so harmful.
Ok, final words. Sorry I’m such a bore today. Open letter to Barry. All the best everyone. Stay safe and warm. pic.twitter.com/eqtwmBVcVw
— Meshel Laurie (@Meshel_Laurie) June 30, 2018