In a conversation about domestic violence, it’s probably not a good idea to call a woman “hysterical.”
An incident on Monday evening’s edition of Australian current affairs show Q&A left viewers shaking their heads.
During the episode, an audience member who had lost her sister to domestic violence asked how the media can help change cultural norms around the issue.
More specifically, she referred to recent comments made by Australian media personalities Eddie McGuire and Sam Newman. In June, McGuire had “joked” about drowning sports journalist Caroline Wilson during a radio show, and Newman defended him in the days after.
Conservative radio announcer Steve Price was the first panelist to answer…
He said that “far too much was made” of the incident and noted that McGuire and Newman had apologized. “If you listen to that broadcast in context, it was a bunch of blokes laughing about things they shouldn’t have laughed about,” said Price.
This response didn’t go over well with female panelist Van Badham, who called out Price for making apologies for the two men – and in a pretty great way…
Badham tried to continue making her point, but Price quickly interjected: “I think you’re just being hysterical.”
Though visibly rattled, Badham replied with one poignant line: “It’s probably my ovaries making me do it, Steve,” she said.
“I don’t think Steve Price is ever going to get it, and I think that’s a tragedy,” Badham said in an interview with ABC Radio Central Australia on Tuesday morning. “I think it’s very obvious on Q&A last night that people like Steve Price are not listening.”
Clearly. Being called “hysterical” – historically considered a mental disorder, by the way – in 2016 is almost as bad as being told to smile. Oh, and don’t even think about telling us to calm down.