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Adam Hills, The Last Leg Presenter, Responds To Backlash Over Pauline Hanson 'Hung' Joke

17/11/2015 13:01 GMT | Updated 17/11/2015 13:59 GMT
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Adam Hills, the star of Channel 4's The Last Leg, has been forced to clarify comments he made about a controversial Australia politician, after a firestorm erupted over his remarks.

The comedian wrote on Sunday that Pauline Hanson, the leader of Australia's anti-immigration One Nation party, should be "hung... from the Sydney Harbour Bridge".

Hanson, 61, appeared on morning television segments on Sunday in relation to the Paris terror attacks, where she claimed "not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslim" and claimed refugees could be "ISIS plants".

Afterwards, 45-year-old Hills tweeted:

Two hours later, after backlash at his suggestion, Hills attempted to tidy up his comments:

On Monday, a full 24 hours after his first comments sparked backlash, Hills jumped on Facebook and - no longer restrained by Twitter's 140-character limit - and attempted to clarify his words for the third time.

Yesterday I had a lovely game of golf. As I walked up the first fairway, I saw a Kookaburra to the left of me and four...

Posted by Adam Hills Official Page on Sunday, 15 November 2015

"In my head I saw Miss Hanson in a harness, maybe a trapeze, looking comically chastened, suspended below a girder. I thought it was a funny image, so I tweeted this: 'Australia would send a better message to the world if we just hung Pauline Hanson from the Sydney Harbour Bridge'," Hills wrote.

"I committed a mortal sin of twitter -- sending a tweet and not being clear about what you mean."

He went on to again claim followers had misinterpreted his words, saying he distinguished "hung" (as in to attach something, as in hanging a painting) from "hang" (the method of execution).

"In time I have come to realise that the word “hung”, although technically not the same as the word “hanged”, still puts the same image in people’s heads. For that I apologise. I was in no way suggesting Pauline Hanson should be executed," Hills said.

"I do not think Pauline Hanson, or anyone, should be executed, and hanged from any Australian icon, let alone the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I do not condone violence against women. I do not support the shitheads that call themselves ISIS."

pauline hanson

Pauline Hanson is a former Australian senator and leader of Australia's One Nation party

Most of the comments on his Facebook post seem to support Hills, accepting his excuse that it was a misunderstanding caused by a grammatical error; this seemed to sum it up best:

For his part, Hills said the incident hasn't deterred him from making similar jokes in the future.

"I’ll still aim to ridicule anyone else who speaks narrow-minded bigotry and falsehoods. I’ll just aim to do it with better jokes," he concluded.

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