Pauline Hanson, an Australian far-right politician, landed herself in hot water after she made an ignorant, offensive remark about aboriginals.
“What defines an aboriginal?” she said to Sky New host Andrew Bolt.
“If you marry an aboriginal, you can be classified as an aboriginal. Or if the community or the elders accept you into that community, you can be defined as an aboriginal,” Hanson continued. "I think the whole lot needs to be opened up, a big debate on this, and to say that you're humiliated or intimidated. I think that people need to toughen up a bit, I think we've all become so precious, we've stopped freedom of speech to have a say, to have an opinion. And I remember when I was a kid, sticks and stones may break your bones.”
Although her comments were racist and demeaning toward the aboriginal community, Twitter users took to the social media site to educate Hanson about what it means to be aboriginal.
It started when Ryan Griffen, the creator of ABC TV's indigenous Australian superhero series “Cleverman,” responded to Hanson’s comments.
You all see this shit? Another white person telling us what it means to be Aboriginal. It don't work like that. https://t.co/A5PuFc3oqW— Ryan Griffen (@RyanJGriffen) November 29, 2016
He requested Twitter users to start a hashtag #DefineAboriginal to address the cause.
Can we all start a tag #DefineAboriginal— Ryan Griffen (@RyanJGriffen) November 29, 2016
And here’s how people responded…
Earliest memory being told to go back to your country when at the local pool.#DefineAboriginal— Michelle HOPKINS (@mmorga32) November 29, 2016
Being asked by police if you stole your own bike. #DefineAboriginal— Tony Armstrong (@Tonaaayy_) November 29, 2016
Watching ur own brother get fewer job opportunities because he's dark and I'm not #DefineAboriginal— Kylie Jegou (@KJegou) November 29, 2016
Having to hail a cab for your Aboriginal friend because they won't stop for him. Seriously, Pauline. Just shut up. #DefineAboriginal— The Haus Of Klaus (@hausofklaus) November 29, 2016
Planning a ready-made excuse for when you are asked why your skin is so dark. In primary school.#defineaboriginal— Skye Akbar (@skyeakbar) November 29, 2016
Wondering where your cousin is buried bcos he was a death in custody and no one knows where he rests#defineaboriginal— Skye Akbar (@skyeakbar) November 29, 2016
Interestingly, this is the second time in the last few weeks that Hanson has said something that really reflects on her ignorance.
A few days ago, she, along with other One Nation senators, dressed in wetsuits and snorkels for a tour of the Great Barrier Reef. Hanson cleverly visited a healthy section of the reef after which she labeled claims of climate change activists and scientists as “lies.”
"If you actually go deeper, 12-20 meters deeper in the ocean, the reefs there are in pristine condition," she said. "We can't have these lies put across by people with their own agendas."
However, she was widely criticized for her ignorance as Australian Marine Conservation Society's Imogen Zethoven said One Nation is in denial about the Great Barrier Reef’s health.