You could hear the studio audience reeling last night after The Weekly with Charlie Pickering asked former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce why he was writing a book.
“The book is not a memoir about me, it’s a memoir about trying to look after people who in regional areas are doing it tough. People who are basically in the corner of society, basically they’re poor, in many instances they’re white, they’re opportunities are not like yours, and we’ve got to come up with policies to take them ahead.”
Although the audience responded with awkward laughs, Pickering did not pick him up on his answer.
On social media many did just that:
Did @Barnaby_Joyce just say “they’re poor, they’re white”…? If he did, what has skin colour got to do with farmers and country people? I truly hope that I mis-heard him #theweekly @theweeklytv
White? #theweekly Barnaby, why did you say white? People are just people.
Why did @Barneby just say they are poor and white??? #theweekly
I’m looking forward to Barnaby donating all his book proceeds to the ‘poor white people’ in the bush
I’m still sitting with my mouth wide open after watching Barnaby.. My wife turned off the TV and gone to bed.. That’s the most awesome funny/ bizarre interview I’ve ever seen.. #Carcrash #auspol folks you must Iview it 😳
But some questioned why The Weekly had Joyce on at all:
I think every single TV channel, bar maybe SBS has helped promote Barnaby’s new book. Even #theweekly is on to it…
The gratuitous promotion of the most shallow, conniving, corrupt, womanising, pi**pot politician’s book is now complete thanks to #theweekly. Australian politics is a sewer & our media are its banks.#auspol👍🍻
Why won’t Barnaby just go away #theweekly
You should’ve had Barnaby on hard chat. At least that would’ve provided some satisfaction.