Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott garnered enough hisses to shame a silent-movie villain as he took out the inaugural Golden GLORIA for most outrageous comment about the GLBTI community on Monday night.
Forty nominations and 2000 votes were whittled down to seven ‘winners’ at the GLORIAs — the gay and lesbian equivalent of the Bernies.
The Australian Christian Lobby’s Jim Wallace took out the religious category for his comment claiming more than 70 percent of prosecuted pedophiles were gay.
The Footy Show was the unsurprising recipient of the sports award for its Elton Johns skit.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority was dishonourably mentioned for its ruling on an episode of Dante’s Cove that was deemed to have breached codes of practice for featuring a male-on-male sex scene.
Family Council of Victoria secretary Bill Muehlenberg won the online category for suggesting gays should simply control their behaviour.
The silliest comment from within the gay and lesbian community award went to journalist Christopher Pearson for claiming policies on providing condoms had been catastrophically ineffective.
But the top honour was saved for Abbott who, by the fair and accurate means of a ‘boo-off’, was elected overall winner on the night for the comments he made on 60 Minutes that he felt threatened by gays.
info: For more information, or to send your nominations for next year’s awards, visit www.theglorias.com.au