Has Germaine Greer delivered Prime Minister Julia Gillard an unkind boot in the backside?
“You’ve got a big arse, Julia, just get on with it,” she said last night on ABC TV’s Q&A to loud laughter from fellow panelists and the audience.
She also gave the PM some fashion advice about getting rid of those “bloody jackets”.
“They don’t fit and are poorly cut,” said Ms Greer.
Her comments have the Twittersphere chattering:
@Lisa_Wilkinson Gr8 discussion on Germaine Greer‘s comments re Julia’s derriere. If her young feminist self could see GG now – disappointed.
@stellajyoung Pretty confused about Germaine Greer commenting on Gillard’s clothing. Umm? #qanda
@whinwomen Interesting to see Germaine Greer comment on Julia Gillards clothes and “fat bum”. A new era of feminism, or Greer abandoning the cause?
@gem324 Germaine Greer what a disappointment, fueling the superficial and irrelevant debate about the PM’s wardrobe and appearance
@DrRickyLee I like to bash all politicians about anything, but even I would not do a Germaine Greer and discuss the PM’s backside on TV
@janecat60 disappointing Germaine Greer commenting on Julia Gillard’s clothing. That’s what blokes and silly girls in the media do
And then, there is the News Ltd commentator, Miranda Devine, who has this to say:
“For the birth-mother of 1960s feminism, Germaine Greer sure isn’t much of a sister.
Last night on the ABC’s Q&A panel show, she mocked the Prime Minister’s figure, saying Julia Gillard should face the fact she has a “big bum”.
Greer thinks the PM’s jackets are all wrong because from behind they go “horizontal”. According to her the jackets are cut too narrow at the hips.
Nice, really nice. No matter whether or not you support the PM’s policies, this is the lowest criticism. Because of her status as a feminist icon, Greer has just legitimised every misogynist to attack Gillard’s appearance. As if they need any encouragement.
It just shows her whole fem-philosophy was a pose, and because she was a good writer, pushy, reckless, witty and, yes, pretty, she built a career on trashing men and drawing attention to her love-starved self.
These days she makes a living out of trashing younger women.
The feminist goddess has feet of clay.”
So, over to you, Hooplarians… Has Germaine Greer delivered the most unkind cut of all to our PM?
Has she betrayed the sisterhood?
Or is this the kind of straight talking we’ve come to expect from Germaine?