ABC defends transphobic tweets by Q&A viewers
The ABC has suggested that transphobic tweets which were broadcast on Q&A on Monday night fell within their guidelines and were appropriate for broadcasting.
The tweets aired during a panel discussion which included trans activist, Group Captain Catherine McGregor (Australia’s highest ranking trans military official), and former speech writer for the Cheief of the Army. McGregor was discussing transgender inclusivity and coming out as transgender when the Tweets were broadcast.
"Wow, he/she is a hero #QandA," tweeted @geoffgcooper.
"God sets our agenda, we shouldn't interfere #qanda," tweeted @secadvisers (who later deleted their Twitter account).
Whilst one tweeter no doubt meant his tweet as a compliment, but was transphobic by referring to McGregor as He/She, another was clearly meant to offend.
There was an immediate backlash to the tweets with Twitter users calling on the ABC to apologise.
However an ABC spokesperson has told News Limited they believed there was nothing wrong with the offending tweets.
"We believe the tweets you identify meet those guidelines and were appropriate for broadcast.
"Q&A's on-screen tweets are selected through a multistage moderation process to provide an alternative layer around the studio discussion based on the commentary of viewers on Twitter.
"The tweets are chosen to reflect the diverse range of opinions in the Q&A audience.
"They are not expected to always be in agreement with the views of the panelists, but are expected to fall within our guidelines."
McGregor has remained non-plussed by the comments, saying she has had far worse said to her, and described herself as thick-skinned.