TWO leading mental health organisations have publicly criticised to a controversial Twitter post by Marriage Alliance which depicted a rainbow-coloured noose photoshopped on a stock photo of a office desk worker.
Marriage Alliance has courted controversy since it was founded in mid-2015 for its vocal opposition to marriage equality.
In its tweet posted last night, the group claim marriage reform would lead to increased job insecurity for and workplace bullying towards people who oppose it.
Both beyondblue and Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) responded to Marriage Alliance’s latest claim with tweets criticising them:
@MarriageAll Hi admin, you may not have thought about it, but you may want to consider the harm that depicting someone in a noose may cause.
— beyondblue (@beyondblue) February 3, 2016
— SuicidePreventionAUS (@SuicidePrevAU) February 3, 2016
A second tweet by beyondblue sparked Marriage Alliance to react, who asked for neutral stance.
@beyondblue a biased position in the same sex marriage debate deflects from core mission. A neutral stance is always best governance.
— Marriage Alliance (@MarriageAll) February 3, 2016
Despite asking for a neutral stance, Marriage Alliance have previously never responded to requests for comment from the Star Observer. Several other media outlets have also reportedly stated the same thing.
In Federal Parliament today, Gellibrand federal Labor MP Tim Watts highlighted the tweet in a speech over the “respectful debate” of the $160 million marriage equality plebiscite.
Beyondblue and SPA weren’t the only ones publicly criticising Marriage Alliance’s tweet.
Australian author Kaz Cooke called Marriage Alliance a “danger to others”.
@MarriageAll Use of hanging imagery in your anti-marriage tweets defies mental health guidelines. Take it down. You are a danger to others.
— Kaz Cooke (@reallykazcooke) February 3, 2016
A few other tweets asked for evidence in the statement on Marriage Alliance’s controversial post, of which it has not shared yet.
@MarriageAll you people are clearly morons: national une will increase because of gay marriage?! Have you the slightest of evidence?
— Sibylla (@Miss_Sibylla) February 3, 2016
Marriage Alliance uses noose in anti-equality image, calls for suicide prevention orgs to have neutral stance pic.twitter.com/nBAK1AzqZ9
— Chris Pycroft (@chrispytweets) February 3, 2016
the latest take from Marriage Alliance:
Marriage equality is a rainbow hangman’s noose that makes you hate your job? pic.twitter.com/nSoQBJbDmL
— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) February 3, 2016
Marriage equality will pass no problem and then @MarriageAll will be relegated to the annals of history as an embarrassing footnote!
— Drew Francis (@DJRooRox) February 4, 2016
@MarriageAll This is incredibly disturbing. Please remove this photo.
— Alicia Ames (@aliciiames) February 4, 2016
@MarriageAll what the fuck you are assholes and your picture abhorrent
— carpediem (@mrsbeaker1) February 4, 2016
— Jacob Holman (@JacobLeigh) February 4, 2016
A rainbow noose. Seriously? What will a plebiscite campaign look like if we’re here already? https://t.co/zE5aC3YEEW
— Jill Stark (@jillastark) February 3, 2016
Support is available for anyone who may need it. Phone Qlife 1800 184 527; Lifeline 13 11 14 or beyondblue 1300 22 4636.