John Morrison has put his foot in it again, this time at last week’s Rotary Arts and Awards Exhibition where he gave a speech before the presentation of awards, to an audience of about 100+ people. An attendee (who’s not involved with any other council campaigns) writes:
At the exhibition event there was a live female semi-nude model being painted by a female artist. Mr Morrison, in his opening speech, thought it fitting to crack a joke about how he had been chatting to the lovely young lady and how she said she would “come see him later, in the shower”.
The comment was not well received, with mostly scattered mutters. It was, I am sure, not appreciated by the poor woman, who must have been so embarrassed to have had her words either made up, modified or taken well out of context, as I am sure they were. I did not get the chance to talk to her, I believe she left soon afterwards and fair enough too. I would be mortified if I were her.
That kind of comment, from anyone, to anyone but particularly an audience, is unacceptable. It is not even just ‘un-PC’, it is lewd, sexist, and rude – as if the point of the model being there were for him to think about sexually – it definitely wasn’t. I don’t think we want a councillor or mayor who thinks he can comment about young womens’ bodies in such a harmful disrespectful way.
No doubt Morrison will brush this off as some trivial banter. But it’s not. Dismissing it will only lead to much worse examples of misogyny being downplayed and not being taken as seriously as a result. I’m sure Morrison isn’t a misogynist, but I hope recognises the problem and apologises for his poor choice of joke.