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Catherine Deveny sacked after Logies tweets.

Since Twitter really took off in the last few years, the Logie awards in Australia have always been an amusing event to watch whilst reading tweets sent out by people who are there or even just people watching at home.

Last year, comedians Wil Anderson, Dom Knight, Julian Morrow and Dave Hughes landed themselves in hot water after tweeting several "offensive" statements about the show, Gretel Killeen who was hosting, and various award winners.

This year was no exception. Wil Anderson got slammed again by the media as did Catherine Deveny. Catherine is primarily known for being a columnist for The Age in Melbourne and definitely doesn't water down her comments.

Tonight it was announced that she was sacked from The Age following what she wrote on Twitter on Logies night.

I think this is ridiculous. Sure, what she said may not be everyone's cup of tea but the beauty of Twitter is the two magical words 'Follow' and 'Unfollow'. If people don't like it, they don't have to read it. Everything is a choice and everyone that has been offended by these comments, it's their own fault for reading past the first one. She published these comments on Twitter, not in her Age column. Why should she lose her job over this? Hardly seems fair.

I think Catherine is great. Freedom of speech is lacking and she is making up for it. The world is full of precious morons who go looking for things to be offended by.

Long live Deveny!

Find her on Twitter here

Here's her "offensive" Logies tweets and then her defense as published in SMH online.

" Today, Deveny stood by her comment about the 11-year-old, saying she was using satire "to expose celebrity raunch culture and the sexual objectification of women, which is rife on the red carpet".
"It was just passing notes in class, but suddenly these notes are being projected into the sky and taken out of context," she said.
"This [the Bindi Irwin comment] was a ludicrous remark that was as ridiculous as me saying I hope the dog that Molly Meldrum brought with him got drunk." "

" "I meant every single word," Deveny said today.
"I love Rove. I worked for Rove for five years. I've publicly said and printed I would take a bullet for him. He endorsed my first book on the front cover.
"They looked really sweet. I do hope that Tasma doesn't die and I hope that Rove doesn't die ... I absolutely meant it." "

What do you guys think? Were you offended by any of Catherine's (or anyone else's) Logies tweets? Do you agree or disagree with the statement 'if you don't like it, don't read it'?


Hayley said...

I think her comments were pathetic excuses for comedy that hit low blow to make up for their lack of unfunniness, but I don't think she should have lost her job over it.

Anonymous said...

I am all for "free speech" which should not include spiteful, hateful and deeply offensive comments, unless one is that type of person anyway.

Catherine Deveny knows that for her to get any kind of attention, she needs to be controversial and foul-mouthed, vile and offensive, otherwise she would never get a mention as what she usually says is pretty mediocre and of no usefulness to anyone.

She is not the greatest columnist by any standards and her stand up comedy style is pathetic at best. So she needs all the offensive and vile ingredients just so people notice her and talk about her. I think this is another example of bitter, pointless humour for morons.

Tara said...

I don't think she was particularly funny or even that satirical (especially the one about Rove!) but I don't think she should have lost her job.

pinkapplecore said...

she's don't have to read or even look at her's like people who ban don't have to read them.

Corrine/Frock And Roll said...

I agree. I don't think her comments were funny in the slightest (sure, it's all well and good to say ''IT WAS A JOKE'' but at the end of the day, I don't think that anyone's death - especially when it occurred so early on in someone's life, and so unfairly - is a laughing matter), but to be fired for them? Ouch!