Lisa Wilkinson is being slammed for making a light-hearted joke about how Ukraine and Russia could resolve their differences.
Wilkinson was on The Project when she said: “They should just have one game, Russia versus Ukraine, and we can settle a war.” Wilkinson, who then laughed, quipped that the two nations should settle things with a football match.
Her co-hosts laughed along with her, but her off the cuff remark caught the attention of Twitter.
"They should have one game. russia vs Ukraine & we can settle the war" Disgusting. You should be ashamed for joking that genocide, rape, murder & stolen children & can be settled by a game of football @Lisa_Wilkinson Presenters that laughed along? Waleed? Shameful @theprojecttv pic.twitter.com/RT35n1b8Eo
— Vee 🌻 Vee 🇦🇺🇺🇦 (@VVvvVv2288) June 2, 2022
Lisa Wilkinson should be sacked for her disgusting comments regarding Ukraine
— Murray (@muzzjp) June 7, 2022
Lisa Wilkinson, you are disgusting! Your comments about Russian war in Ukraine are disgusting! Sometimes it is wise to think before opening your mouth. Complaint sent to channel 10
— natasha antonovska (@natasha27637541) June 3, 2022
The Herald Sun reported that Wilkinson then apologised for her comments via Instagram and wrote, “My sincere apologies. It was not meant to offend … and I hope the many, many other comments I have made over the last four months have made it clear that my feelings on the tragedy of the despicable acts perpetrated by Russia in this war would make that clear. Again, if not, my sincere apologies for any offence taken. Lisa.”
However, that comment seems to have been deleted.
Obviously, Wilkinson’s joke didn’t quite land, but in fairness to her, she’s been covering the Russia and Ukraine War on The Project for months and has done so with empathy and kindness.