Upcoming host of The Weakest Link Magda Szubanski addressed criticisms of a political tweet which has drawn headlines, in an interview on A Current Affair.
Szubanski took to social media over a photo of Mrs Morrison standing near her husband, PM Scott Morrison, while he signed a condolence book for Prince Philip following the royal’s death.
She likened the photo to a scene from The Handmaid’s Tale, saying it resembled an internet meme.
“I genuinely thought this was a photoshopped Handmaid’s Tale meme. But no. It’s 21st century Aussie life,” she tweeted.
She told ACA, “.. it was a strange PR photograph and all I’m suggesting is with that comment. Why would you put something that looks like ‘The Handmaid’s Tale‘ as a photo op? Scott Morrison is the master of spin.'”
She denied specific criticism of Jenny Morrison in her tweet.
“Look, I don’t want to hurt her, of course I don’t. I do think that if she’s going to be in public life, we need to know more about her.”
But she also noted Scott Morrison had frequently referenced his wife in speeches, using her as a policy advisor.
“If she’s going to have some sort of influence in public life I want to know, what are her values? What kind of a woman is she?”
Szubanski acknowledged an earlier tweet in which she questioned a “hand signal thingy” in a Morrison family photo was “probably silly.”
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