Australia’s annaul award for outrageous sexism has gone to the outback mayor who pleaded for lovelorn female “ugly ducklings” to reverse a shortage of eligible women in a remote mining town.
Mount Isa Mayor John Malony infuriated women in August with a suggestion that “with five blokes to every girl, may I suggest that beauty-disadvantaged women should proceed to Mount Isa”, in northwest Queensland state.
“I think the message is ever vigilant, ever watchful, keeping people, keeping blokes on their toes and making sure that we name and shame them,” annual Ernies’ award organiser and lawmaker Meredith Burgmann told state radio.
The annual awards have 10 categories and are decided by the level of boos, jeers and stamping of feet at women’s-only event held at the New South Wales state parliament in Sydney.
Malony earned his top golden Ernie award with a defence that “The protesters are blaming me for their looks”.
At the time, the mayor said he was “telling it like it is” in a testosterone-laden town more famous for cowboys and mining lead, silver, copper and zinc than for matchmaking, sitting atop one of the world’s biggest underground mines.
You can read about the placegetters here. But in case it depresses you too much to read to the end it does finish on a positivie note.