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Pauline Hanson mocks Sam Dastyari’s appearance after racial abuse incident
Pauline Hanson has hit back at Labor senator Sam Dastyari, calling him a “little Mr Bean”, after a video emerged of him being racially abused in a Melbourne pub last night. #9Today
Pauline Hanson has hit back at Labor senator Sam Dastyari, calling him a “little Mr Bean”, after video emerged of him being racially abused in a Melbourne pub last night – an incident he blames on the “rise of One Nation right”.
Video of men identifying themselves as “working class patriots” heckling the Iranian-born senator, calling him a “terrorist” and “little monkey” at the VU Bar in Footscray was posted to the Patriot Blue Facebook group last night.
Mr Dastyari responded to the incident in a Facebook video posted later that evening, in which he laments being repeatedly harassed by white nationalists he says have been empowered by Ms Hanson’s political rhetoric.
“Everywhere I go I get white nationalists follow me, they show up at events I do,’’ he said.
“It may have something to do with being a Muslim, hard to believe.
“All of this is the rise of the radical right in this country, it is the rise of One Nation right.
“These are people who feel incredibly empowered because of what Pauline Hanson has done for them.
“You dance so far to the right that it gives those a little bit further out a sense of entitlement.
“It’s what Trump has done in the US.”
There you go. Slimeball Sam just listed all his enemy in one fell swoop.
Corrupt Sam stages an incident and now his supporters calling on Pauline Hanson to support the creep? Was he trying to deflect from the citizenship question? The SOB has no place in our parliament!
The Labor MP was abused at a pub in Melbourne. (AAP)
Senator Hanson responded from the campaign trail this morning saying she wouldn’t wish that kind of treatment on anyone and no one deserves it, while insisting it had nothing to do with her.
She nevertheless fell to mocking Mr Dastyari’s appearance, likening him to a “little Mr Bean”.
“What a joke, he’s nothing but a pipsqueak, and all he ever does is use my name to get publicity to actually sell his book,” she said.
“I think he’s a waste of space and I think he should be a comedian.
“I call him ‘Mr Bean’ because that’s exactly what he looks like, a little Mr Bean.”
Ms Hanson said she agreed with one of her advisors who said the attack happened because people don’t like him – not because he’s a Muslim, as Mr Dastyari himself admitted he’s a non-practising member of the faith.
Karl Stefanovic spoke to Sam Dastyari about the incident this morning on Today. (9NEWS)
“Do people have respect for Sam Dastyari? I don’t believe they do,” Ms Hanson said.
“He’s taken money from the Chinese, paid for his legals, and he’s done the wrong thing by the people.
“I think he’s a smart ass, he shows it on the floor of the parliament, and he plays up his position (as a Muslim).”
Ms Hanson added that Mr Dastyari is a “big boy” and as such should be expected to endure racist comments.
“Let him stand up for himself as I have done all these years myself. People may have their comments about me, my politics and what I say, but you know, he’s a big boy,” she said.
Mr Dastyari was at the VU Bar with Labor MP Tim Watts ahead of an event promoting his book “One Halal of a Story”.
Stan and Village take legal action over use of Patriot Blue name
Streaming service Stan and Roadshow Productions are taking joint legal action against right-wing group Patriot Blue, which launched a racist verbal attack on Labor senator Sam Dastyari on Wednesday night.
Sydney law firm Gilbert & Tobin has sent a cease and desist letter for intellectual property infringement to the group over the use of the Patriot Blue trademark, and use of the Stan name on Facebook, The Australian can reveal.
A new Stan television series is the inspiration for Patriot Blue. Called Romper Stomper, the six-part drama is based on the Russell Crowe film of the same name, the 1992 Australian movie about racist skinheads.
Set in the present day, the Romper Stomper series is one of the most recent additions to streaming service Stan’s Originals, a slate of Australian dramas. The Romper Stomper series contains a fictional far right, anti-Muslim group.
The links between the group and Romper Stomper were reported by The Australian earlier today.
In a joint statement today, Stan and Roadshow Productions said: “Romper Stomper is a story that reflects contemporary issues from multiple view points and focuses on the alienated and fractured members of modern society. The incident with Senator Dastyari highlights that this is the right time to have an important national conversation about these issues, in a respectful and constructive way. ”
“Stan and Roadshow Productions are aware of media reports linking our upcoming drama series Romper Stomper to the group referring to themselves as Patriot Blue who verbally abused Senator Dastyari yesterday,” the statement said.
“Media has reported that this group have taken the name Patriot Blue from Romper Stomper, an upcoming fictional TV drama commissioned by Stan and produced by Roadshow Rough Diamond.
“Stan and Roadshow Productions would like to clarify that while our series does refer to a purely fictional group created for the series called Patriot Blue, there is no association between our organisations or the Romper Stomper production and those involved in yesterday’s incident.
“We strongly condemn the actions of this group and racial discrimination in all its forms. The group involved have misappropriated the name of the fictional group from the series.”
In an interview with CNN two months ago, Patriot Blue’s founder Neil Erikson said appropriating the name would help him recruit new followers. Erikson was among the men to approach Dastyari.
“People who watch that show will look for something, so they’ll google ‘Patriot Blue’ and there we will be,” said Erikson, who has bought two “Patriot Blue” domain names.
“The youth follow popular culture so if there’s a show that can symbolise some sort of counterculture, whether it’s skinheads or patriots, they’ll jump on board.”
Patriot Blue has been condemned by the Prime Minister and the opposition leader. Stan is jointly operated by Fairfax Media and Nine Entertainment Co.
Screen Australia and Film Victoria co-funded the series and DCD Rights is the international distributor.
The men heckled the Iranian-born senator at a Melbourne pub with “You terrorist. You little monkey” and demanded to know if he was a Muslim.
In the November 11, 1992 episode of The Movie Show, film critics Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton were divided over the controversial release of the film.
Stratton refused to rate the movie, expressing concern about its depiction of race-based violence in Melbourne’s suburbs.