Dr Mumbo

When men talk about feminism on television

Poor old Weekend Sunrise.

How could the show possibly known in advance that if it put Mark Latham on live to debate gender politics that it would lose control of the segment.

Badham looks to the skies as she battles for a chance to speak

Badham looks to the skies as she battles for a chance to speak

So how could its “special investigation” into whether men are misunderstood – “Does society need to have more empathy for me?” – possibly do anything but bring greater understanding for the issue that’s so well suited to breakfast television?

After all, Latham’s recent appearances on the likes of Karl Stefanovic’s debate show The Verdict and his clash with Jonathan Green at the Melbourne Writers festival went so smoothly.

Dr Mumbo did come away feeling sorry for host Andrew O’Keefe though, who arguably could’t win whatever he did.

If AOK had remained silent, he’d have looked complicit in Latham’s personalised attacks. But in the end, his vocal defence of feminism left talking over his female guests while they tried and for the most part failed to get in on the action.


Pointless… AOK and poor Latho scrap it out


Eventually, The Guardian’s Van Badham did get a word in edgewise from the Melbourne studio. But The Telegraph’s Miranda Devine must have wondered why she’d given up her weekend lie-in to join them on the sofa while co-host Angela Cox didn’t get to do much more than point her pen.

Dr Mumbo imagines the atmosphere between everyone must have been terrific in the studio after the segment ended.


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