Because a significant percentage of the people of this great nation collectively decide that a national day of remembrance is also a fine opportunity to take leave of one’s senses, here’s yet another forehead-slapper on behalf of the Australian public: Dr Anne Aly, Federal MP for the Western Australian district of Cowan, is getting abused online for not being in two places at once on ANZAC Day.
Confused? Let us wade into the quagmire of this particular Islamophobic shitfight, together.
It all began when the hyper-right Facebook group Kim Vuga Love Australia Or Leave Party posted this “ANZAC SPOILER” tip-off, on the evening of April 25.
Now, the facts of this post are quite correct. Aly was not at the Wanneroo RSL dawn service, and she did not lay a wreath there. That’s because she was busy… laying a wreath at Cowan’s other dawn service in Ballajura.
Not to be deterred by something as trifling as the truth, Vuga’s supporters and other right-wing pages were quick to share ‘Gary‘s story, with the bigoted hysteria snowballing to astonishing proportions. A warning: the comments on the post linked above, and the one embedded below, are really, really awful.
As you can see, the report that Aly “would not be presenting a wreath” at the service was quickly translated into “refused to present a wreath“, and Aly’s Facebook page began copping a wave of bigoted shit.
As Buzzfeed has reported, Dr Aly has already attended three Anzac ceremonies this week, and will attend three more in the coming days. In the days since this particularly noxious bit of fake news has blown up, Aly has been handling the mess with an admirable blend of saintly patience and faint exasperation –even as Vuga continues to bluster, derail and dodge the truth:
Unsurprisingly, no-one is cracking the shits about any other MPs failing to warp space and time in order to appear at all RSLs in their electorate simultaneous. Also unsurprisingly, Anne Aly happens to be Australia’s first female Muslim federal MP.
Aly says it best:
“For the people on here trying to claim that I refused to lay a wreath, I think it’s appalling that they would use Anzac Day to further their obvious agenda. Today should be a day of reflection on the sacrifices made for our country by people who exhibit true Australian values and spirit.”
Source: Buzzfeed News.
Image: Facebook / Anne Aly / Alex Ellinghausen.