Momentum Builds For Margaret Court Arena Name Change - Noise11.com
Margaret Court Arena

Momentum Builds For Margaret Court Arena Name Change

by Paul Cashmere on May 29, 2017

in News,Noise Pro

Momentum to charge the name of Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena has built over the last few days despite trying to be extinguished by right-winged radio shock jocks and tabloid hacks.

The arena’s namesake, former tennis champion now fundamentalist preacher Margaret Court, created her own controversy when she used her position to criticise Qantas and its chairman Alan Joyce for being “an active promoter for same-sex marriage”. She then said “Your statement leaves me no option but to use other airlines where possible for my extensive travelling.”

Instead of taking the matter up in private with Joyce, Court sent the letter for publication in the West Australian newspaper “as the Senior Pastor of Victory Life Church in Perth” but also using her tennis champion position to emphasis her prejudices. “I have represented Australia many times and have the proud record of never losing a tennis match while playing for my country”.

She later went on the television news show The Project bewildered that critics were using her tennis history in the argument to change the venue name, despite the fact that she herself used her tennis history to criticise Qantas.

Joyce claims she has nothing against homosexuals but this is from her own church, the church she founded…

Ryan Adams, who performed at the venue on Friday night tweeted the following day that he had played at “Marriage Equality Arena”.

Promoter Michael Gudinski has also added his support to a namechange telling Cameron Adams at the Herald Sun “They should change the name. I support equality. (Court’s comments) are an embarrassment.”

However, the judgemental right-winged sector of the media are trying to shut down the argument by discrediting those speaking out. Murdoch hack Miranda Devine started her name-calling with ‘rainbow fascists” and Liberal Party loyalist Neil Mitchell referred to “the gay mafia”.

Meanwhile the Reverend Doctor Court still seems confused by her bitter words have created such a backlash. After being given a platform to explain her words Rev Doc Court said the interview was ‘below the belt”.

“We’re getting persecuted; we’re getting bullied because we do have free speech also. I think it’s very, very much one way,” Court said on The Project.

Co-host Meshel Laurie answered, “If anyone is being bullied or suffering trauma from this debate, surely you can’t argue that it’s white heterosexuals.”

This issue is not going to go away.

Noise11.com

Comments

comments

Related Posts

The Dreamroom
Eric McCusker Writes Sequel To Come Said The Boy For The Dreamroom

38 years ago Mondo Rock guitarist and songwriter Eric McCusker wrote the controversial ‘Come Said The Boy’, a song about a young man losing his virginity. Now more than three decades later, Eric has released the sequel ‘Bumping Into Memories’ with his new band The Dreamroom.

3 hours ago
Graeham Goble photo by Ros O'Gorman
Graeham Goble Awarded Order of Australia

Little River Band co-founder and songwriter Graeham Goble has been named to receive the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the 2021 Australia Day honours.

1 day ago
Ross Wilson photo by Ros O'Gorman
Ross Wilson On Why He Won’t Play Australia Day Concerts Anymore

Ross Wilson says he will no longer play Australia Day concerts. Instead, the Australian rock legend will play the special ‘Living In The land Of Oz’ concert to mark Survival Day 2021.

2 days ago
Glass Animals
61 Fucks Given In 19 Triple J Hottest 100 Songs

Did you enjoy 2021’s Triple J Hottest 100? Fuck yeah. 61 times to be exact. The Triple J Hottest 100 of 2021 features 19 songs dropping the F bomb at total of 61 times.

2 days ago
Illy
Australian Charts: Illy has the Number One Album with ‘The Space Between’

Just like last week, it's a one-two entry to the ARIA Albums Chart this week, with the sixth studio album for local rapper Illy called "The Space Between" entering at No.1, becoming his second successive chart-topper locally.

3 days ago
Jimmy Barnes at Sounds Better Together concert photo by David Harris
Jimmy Barnes Reboots Like Music In Victoria With Sounds Better Together

Live music sounds good, doesn’t it … and its back. Jimmy Barnes headlined the first of the 21 Sounds Better Together concerts at the Rochford Winery in Victoria’s Yarra Valley.

3 days ago
APIA Good Times Tour 2019 Brian Cadd and Russell Morris photo by Mary Boukouvalas
Brian Cadd and Russell Morris Team Up Again To Tour

Brian Cadd will return to Australia to tour from March with Russell Morris.

5 days ago