Adam Goodes, a professional footballer here in Australia, is being booed during his appearances on the field leading to him considering early retirement. (source)
This is believed to be because he called out a teenage girl for shouting racial slurs at him, resulting in the girl being removed by stadium security. He declined to press charges (although he could have) and asked the press not to harass the girl (they did anyway).
This is a man who has been awarded one of the most prestigious honours of the sport (the Brownlow medal for best and fairest) twice now. He was named Australian of the year in 2014 for his work in charity and campaigning against racism. Quite literally a national hero, now being jeered for not tolerating racism just because it came from a teenager.
~sigh~ Teenage girls have a knack for winning the instant sympathy of many media outlets, even when they are spouting out silly, demeaning and injuring stuff at people they don't know. Even when some papers might admit the kid went too far, it seems to be a law that the girl can't get called out for what she said. At least not if she's looking good...
A teeny dancepop star from here, called Zara Larsson has been driving some kind of media campaign styling herself as a champion of women's causes, but not by saying anything useful, mostly just by pushing venomously simplistic lines like "Hating men is a necessary, big part of feminism", "All males need to die a painful death", "How can you criticise that guy? You're white as fuck!" and the like, and firing off twitter feuds with various other stars in sports and music to fly her flag. Perhaps a good PR strategy to keep her in the public eye with her fans (who are mostly teenage girls) but it's not the least useful as feminist activism...
Last week Zara hosted a radio show all by herself, invited to talk and play records on national public radio. Of course a big part of it became a campaign spot. In a space of less than ten minutes, she boldly proclaimed "I hate men/guys/male pigs/what men do between raping and beating up women" about thirty times, and the show went on that way till I turned off the radio. Right. Occasionally in interviews she has hinted that by "hating men" she really means "I dislike the masculine social order" but she makes no real disctinction between those uh...separate senses; of course it sounds a lot punchier to rap out "I hate men"
and imply that all men run around raping and abusing women on repeat and always act like they're on top of all women.
Most major newspapers seem to be 100% behind her, even lionizing her, and she's plainly considered untouchable. I'll add that part of her excuse for this kind of language is that she claims to have been targeted by foul and vengeful comments by lots of men on twitter and in comments to news pieces about her, but the evdience and examples she's offered of that kind of web venom, and that amount of real threats, are very flimsy, and it does look like she invited some fiery replies with her own flamebait language.
The funny twist is that later in the programme, she proudly announced she would be working with Chris Brown for a few songs on her next album. Now what piece of news is Chris Brown most known for...? Beating up somebody, no? A female pop star? Last time I read about him in a paper it said he was "not allowed to enter Canada /from the U.S./ because of his many crimes..." ^_ ^ Not the kind of guy one would think a self-styled radical feminist media star would jump at cooperating with...
I really think the media should have been a little bit tougher here (not to mention the radio network), and put a few more questions to her about this kind of simplistic aggro-mongering, but a hottie teenage star is seen as standing miles beyond criticism, even if she's spouting out things she's going to feel embarrassed about in a few years time.