If you happen to be in Melbourne and wondering why you’ve been subconsciously dressing far more fashionably or walking with a much straighter back this week, it’s because Anna Wintour has blessed the city with a rare in-person visit.
Wintour is in town as a special guest of the Australian Open, which is a massive fkn get tbh, and has been flitting about Melbourne Park and associated events observing the on-court action, saying hello to great mate Serena Williams, and imparting the kind of wisdom that only a person with her kind of reverent awe can.
Case in point: Today.
Appearing as the headline speaker of the Australian Open Inspirational Series, Wintour minced very few words in taking aim at both Margaret Court and Prime Minister Scott Morrison over their outspoken views and policies regarding the LGBTQI community and, in particular, LGBTQI youth.
“I want to align myself with that Australian spirit of warmth and openness today,” Wintour began, before launching an almighty serve at the hugely controversial Court, whose name still adorns a showcase arena at Melbourne Park, and her deeply shitty views on marriage equality.
It find that it is inconsistent for the sport for Margaret Court’s name to be on the stadium that does so much to bring all people together across their differences.
This much I think is clear to anyone who understands the spirit and the joy of the game. Intolerance has no place in tennis. What we love in watching these remarkable men and women exceed themselves while being themselves in many different forms.”
Margaret Court was a champion on the court but a meeting point for players of all nations preferences and backgrounds should celebrate somebody that was a champion off the court as well.
Not content to stop there, the Vogue America editor-in-chief then took aim at Scott Morrison over the on-going religious freedoms in schools debate, tossing the frankly scorching label “backward in all senses” at the PM.
Not everyone in power in Australia today seems to admire the countries leadership role. Like many of you I have been alarmed by your Prime Minister’s record on LGBTQ rights, which seems backward in all senses, that no one (should) be expelled from school for their orientation.
A government should protect its people and not make it unclear whether they will be accepted. We are struggling with these issues in the United States as well. Fortunately though opportunities for leadership and change extend beyond the leaders of the moment.
Less everything else, more Anna Wintour. Thanks and good night.