Kerri-Anne Kennerley has been slammed and her views labelled “putrid” after a Studio 10 discussion about Australia Day protests turned heated.

Presenter Yumi Stynes branded Kennerley’s stance “racist” after the daytime queen claimed Invasion Day protesters were ignorant of Aboriginal women and children “being raped” in the outback.

The argument began when the panel was discussing the weekend’s “Invasion Day” protests, in which thousands of Australians took to the street to call for changing the date of Australia Day, arguing it has “become a symbol of inequity and institutionalised harm”.

A clearly impassioned Kennerley turned to the camera to deliver a message to the protesters.

“OK, the 5000 people who went through the streets making their points known, saying how inappropriate the day is. Has any single one of those people been out to the Outback, where children, babies, five-year-olds are being raped? Their mothers are being raped, their sisters are being raped. They get no education. What have you done?” she asked.

In 2004, a national survey of 6677 women suggested that sexual violence against indigenous women was three times more common than against non-indigenous women.

The panel was momentarily silent — until Stynes spoke up.

“That is not even faintly true, Kerri-Anne. You’re sounding quite racist right now.”

Since the segment aired Twitter has lit up with users slamming Kennerley’s “ignorant and uninformed” argument.

Kennerley hit back at the criticism, telling Ben Fordham on 2GB that her comments about sexual abuse in outback Aboriginal communities had “nothing to do” with racism.

“I’m still offended by it, because that sort of headline you and I both know being in the media we will see that again and again, and as soon as you Google something Kerri-Anne’s a racist,” she said.

“I do take very big personal exception to being called a racist.”

Source: NZ Herald

Image: Via Twitter

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