The Chronicle

Tame: I copped C-word

- MELISSA IARIA

AUSTRALIAN of the Year Grace Tame reveals she has copped an onslaught of abuse for criticisin­g journalist Jessica Rowe’s decision to interview Pauline Hanson.

Broadcaste­r Rowe came under fire after choosing to question the senator and One Nation leader and founder, not about politics but about getting through “dark times”.

Senator Hanson is well known for her divisive and incendiary views, and Rowe was criticised for a soft approach.

Ms Tame (pictured) led the charge.

“This is how discrimina­tion and hate is subtly enabled and normalised,” she said in a now deleted tweet.

The activist said she had since copped abuse and that she had “been called the Cword more times than I can count since”.

After the backlash, Rowe issued a statement saying she had listened to the views and would remove the podcast.

Ms Tame said she had “copped a lot of hatred” for criticisin­g Rowe’s choice to interview Senator Hanson.

“I thought I made my point in a really measured way. It wasn’t designed to incite hatred against anyone, not even Pauline Hanson,” she said.

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