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Kerri-Anne Kennerley Slut-Shamed A Journo On Live TV, Don’t Act Surprised

May never stop cringing.

Well, in hugely disappointing news this week, one Kerri-Anne Kennerley has found her name in headlines again after saying something offensive on live telly.

The 66-year-old television and radio presenter is currently feeling the wrath of the Internet after she thought it wise to comment on the outfit of another female journalist appearing on Studio 10.

Senior journalist for Channel Ten, Antoinette Lattouf, was discussing the connotations behind certain emojis and the term ‘thirsty’ with the Studio 10 panellists when the whole mess played out.

KAK started off by stressing they she doesn’t use emojis, and with a serious air of judgement, told the camera:

“I personally like to speak to people.”

Then, for reasons we really can’t comprehend, she chose to look down at Lattouf’s legs and ask:

“Did you forget your pants today?”

On. Live. Television.

The vibe of the conversation shifted very quickly, with Angela Bishop, Natarsha Belling, and Joe Hildebrand all recoiling uncomfortably right away.

“It’s a playsuit,” Lattouf responded.

KAK had a little giggle over this, then Bishop quickly stepped in saying, “And she looks unbelievable”.

You’d think old mate Kennerley would stop there, but no.

“And she’s going to be thirsty,” she added with a smile.

(Which doesn’t exactly make sense, but okay.)

Lattouf’s face really says everything we’re all feeling about this shameful, offensive exchange.

No thank you, Kerri-Anne.

Unsurprisingly, the segment was wrapped up quickly after that.

This is not the first time KAK has offended a large group of people while on live television, either.

Back in January, she was called out by Yumi Stynes for sounding racist when she criticised protesters of Australia Day.

As The Guardian shared at the time, Kennerley said:

“Has any single one of those 5,000 people waving the flags saying how inappropriate the day is, has any one of them been out to the outback where children, where babies and five-year-olds are being raped, their mothers are being raped, their sisters are being raped.”

To which Stynes responded with: “That is not even faintly true, Kerri-Anne, and you’re sounding quite racist now.”

Seemingly, not much has changed since then. Check out the video here, and cringe accordingly.

Presently, there haven’t been any statements released by Studio 10 or the presenters involved.

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Leaking Nude Photos Is Abuse, And Viewing Them Supports The Act

Yes, it matters.

Today in news that’ll make you want to set the ‘reset’ button on the human race, it’s been reported that some slimy creeps have hacked into Demi Lovato’s Snapchat account and are leaking nude phoots.

Really? Ugh.

As the Los Angeles Times shares, the hackers shared a link to Lovato’s Snap Story asking followers to: “Join this discord server for my nudes.”

They then shared a collection of naked photos. It has not been confirmed if these are of Lovato or not – but it is believed they picture the musician. With that said, their authenticity really doesn’t take away from the huge violation of privacy the 27-year-old is experiencing.

Discord released a statement on the abusive act, stating that they disabled the link as quickly as possible.

“We have a zero-tolerance approach to illegal activity on our platform and take immediate action when we become aware of it,” they said.

However, shutting down the link within the space of an hour has done little to stop the appalling spread of these images. People still managed to click through, and a number of them took screenshots of the photos; propelling the abuse further.

Now, we’re all in agreement (I bloody hope we are) that taking leaking nude photos and sharing them without their consent is never okay. It’s illegal, and as I’ve said a number of times already, it’s abusive.

In cases like Lovato’s, the misogynistic performance works to shame women for their sexuality and to assert a level of power over them. It’s absolutely reprehensible.

But I think we need to talk about another inappropriate action, here: viewing these photos. Because if no one clicked through to view Lovato’s alleged nudes, the hacker would have achieved nothing.  

Seeking out illegally-sourced intimate photos of women (or anyone, for that matter) supports the people who are intending to harm them. Doing this communicates that you don’t care about the violation these people, who are usually women, are experiencing. How does that sit with you?

And the argument that “they’re already out there, what’s one more click?” is just not good enough. You’re not entitled to this woman’s body, just because a creep has been leaking nude photos.

Let’s do a little better and avoid this toxic behaviour, yeah?  

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