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2GB’s Chris Smith apologises for call by guest Prue MacSween for Yassmin Abdel-Magied to be run over

2GB presenter Chris Smith has made an on air apology after guest commentator Prue MacSween suggested on his show that former ABC presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied should be run over.

MacSween: “I’d have been tempted to run her over”

The comments from MacSween, who owns PR consultancy Verve Communications, came after Abdel-Magied previously suggested that media vilification over her public stances on Islam and Anzac Day had contributed to a decision to relocate to London.

Speaking on The Chris Smith Show on Sydney station 2GB, MacSween said of Abdel-Magied: “She says she’s betrayed by Australia and she didn’t feel safe in her own country. Actually she might be right there because if I’d seen her I’d have been tempted to run her over, mate.”

The comments may conflict with the Commercial Radio Codes of Practice, which state: A licensee must not broadcast a program which in all of the circumstances… is likely to incite, encourage or present for its own sake violence or brutality”.

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Abdel-Magied’s controversial comments included a tweet on Anzac Day, swiftly deleted, in which she had written: “Lest we forget (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine…)” and comments on the ABC show Q&A in which she refered to Islam as a feminist religion.

 

MacSween added: “To say that Islam is the most feminist religion – which is the religion that relegates women to second class citizens they can’t drive a car, they can’t have an education, genital mutilation, child brides, you name it! If that’s a great example of feminism then god help us.

“And then she insults Anzac Day – really our most sacred day.”

 

Listeners were quick to question the good taste of a remark about running people over when the tactic has been used by terrorists around the world.

MacSween offered only a half-hearted apology, telling critics to “lighten up”

Smith later offered an on air apology, telling listeners: “I had a couple of emails just this afternoon after Prue’s segment that indicated they were upset with what Prue MacSween said about ever coming across Yassmin Abdel-Magied, ‘I’d probably run her over’ or something similar.

“I laughed over the top of it at the time so I didn’t hear exactly what she said but, suffice to say it was meant in a lighthearted, non-literal fashion and we’re hardly ever going to encourage people to run someone over.

“She’s not a fan of Yasmin’s as you know, Prue, and she was making the point through a light hearted embellishment of what she thought. However if it’s upset people we apologise, it’s not what I intend for her – that is Yassmin Abdel-Magied – and I think we can probably move on.”

2GB is owned by Macquarie media, which is in turn majority owned by Fairfax Media.

MacSween later accused critics of being “ferals”.

July 13 update:

Abdel-Magied appeared to respond to the latest controversy by tweeting a message of forgiveness.

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