Price described McGuire’s initial comments on Caroline Wilson as a joke that went too far.
“Eddie apologised immediately. If you listen to that broadcast in context, it was a bunch of blokes laughing about things they shouldn’t have laughed about,” he said.
“When it was brought to their attention that they’d said those things, all of them apologised. I think far too much was then made of it. As for Sam’s comments, who happens to be a good friend of mine on the Footy Show, I think he should regret the comments and shouldn’t have gone in to defend his great friend Eddie but I think too much was made of what was originally a joke on a football show.”
But when Guardian Australia columnist Van Badham disagreed with Price’s language as “making excuses” for their misdemeanour, he asked her to retract his name from the inference.
“Don’t tar me with their brush, please,” he said.
“Steve, do you know what you’re doing? Do you have any understanding what you’re doing? This man has given us an extremely upsetting story about what happened and you are defending yourself in the context where we have to have a conversation about cultural attitudes that treat women differently and you cannot create paradigms where there are blokes.” she replied.
“I just don’t want you to twist stories where you shouldn’t. Just because you’re a woman, you’re not the only one who can get upset. Men can be just as upset,” Price insisted.
“Thank you. You’re proving my point very excellently about the attitudes. We have to stop creating these binary ‘Men are this, women are this, masculinity is this, femininity is this, men have high status, women have low status.’ We can make jokes and it’s all jokes and, yeah, they apologised and that’s fine but on the receiving end is the ludicrous proportion of women who do endure violence.”
“I think you’re just being hysterical,” he quipped.
“It is probably my ovaries making me do it, Steve!” she replied.
Earlier in the evening Price even took aim at an audience member after a question linking him to his colleague SKY News presenter Andrew Bolt.
“I have never said Malcolm Turnbull should be thrown out of the job he was elected to do, so don’t verbal me,” he told an audience member. “You’re obviously hard of hearing and I suspect you don’t listen to our radio show anyway.”