Studio 10 host Kerri-Anne Kennerley has caused a social media uproar over her suggestions the Extinction Rebellion protestors should be used as a “speed bump”.
Kennerley took aim at the climate activists who have brought traffic to a standstill across Australia this week, also suggesting they be “put in jail”, while adding prison authorities should “forget to feed them”.
— The Hand That Bites (@handthatbitesuk) October 7, 2019
On a Studio 10 panel yesterday morning, Kennerley said: “Personally, I would leave them all super glued to wherever they do it.”
She also said the protestors hanging from Brisbane’s Story Bridge should be left there by emergency services.
“No emergency services should help them, nobody should do anything, and you just put little witches hats around them, or use them as a speed bump,” she said.
Panellist Sarah Harries said jail time did not fit the crime committed, but Kennerley said: “No put them in jail and forget to feed them.”
Social media users took to Twitter to condemn Kennerley for her comments, with some suggesting she should be charged with inciting violence.
We're already had a mentally ill man drive his car into a crowd in Melbourne CBD. Kerri Anne Kennerley advocating for climate protesters to be "used as human speed bumps." Is nothing short of criminal & she should be changed with inciting violence. #FederalPolice #auspol
— Claudia Santini (@claudia980980) October 9, 2019
Kerri-Anne Kennerley can advocate violence against well-intentioned protesters and keep a slot on the air, whereas I can advocate violence against nazis and fascists and have my account locked and deleted, if I don't get pigs knocking on my door. ?
— Ⓐimee Terese #FreeChelseaManning (@AbolishAus) October 8, 2019
— SMH @ ⚪ PPL (@Blackpa88881387) October 8, 2019
Kennerley has only just been cleared by ACMA after complaints flooded in about her comments made on Studio 10 about protestors who were campaigning for Australia Day to be moved.
Kennerley said the protestors should “get over it” and “move on” while also suggesting the protestors ignored the sexual assault of aboriginal children and their mothers in outback Australia.
Furthermore, earlier this week the industry watchdog cleared 10 of breaching standards for airing a fiery exchange that caused Studio 10 co-host Yumi Stynes to accuse Kennerly of racism.
A 10 spokesperson said: “This morning on Studio 10 Kerri-Anne Kennerly made comments regarding climate protesters that were said in jest. Before the show concluded, Sarah Harris reiterated the tone of her remarks, affirming that Kerri-Anne wasn’t inciting violence.
“Kerri-Anne confirmed that she was indeed speaking in hyperbole and her words were clearly a joke. There was no intent to cause offence. Over the past few days, Studio 10 has extensively addressed a range of opinions on this subject.
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