Cartoon: By Nicholson
The only aspect of the fascicle and inane criticism of Tim Mathieson’s joke about getting prostate examinations from small Asian doctors that has any real relevance is the possibility that had he said it after Roxon’s draconian anti discrimination laws get passed, he could have been in serious legal trouble.
This law enshrines into the legal system the ability to litigate over anything that can be considered even remotely likely to cause hurt feelings. While it is a reflection of the petty authoritarianism of Roxon herself and her party as a whole, it is planned to be her lasting legacy to the nation, especially to litigation practitioners.
Mathieson’s joke was fairly innocuous but funny:
A "POOR taste" joke by Julia Gillard's partner Tim Mathieson could have landed him in hot water under Nicola Roxon's proposed anti-discrimination laws, the Coalition says.
Mr Mathieson told the joke about Asian women and prostate examinations at a reception for the Prime Minister's XI cricket team at The Lodge last night.
“We can get a blood test for it, but the digital examination is the only true way to get a correct reading on your prostate,” the men's health ambassador said.
“So make sure you go and do that, and perhaps look for a small Asian female doctor is probably the best way.”
Mr Mathieson later apologised, saying he didn't mean to offend anyone. “My comments last night were trying to raise awareness about prostate cancer and the need for men to have regular checks and the importance of early detection.
It is difficult to imagine why anyone would be upset by such comments, never mind the faux outrage being promoted in the media today. Given the subject matter it is neither sexist nor racist and simply refers to the size of the finger being used to do the test. Most blokes who have done the test should be able to identify with this.
It may be possible to find a non-Asian doctor, even male with small hands although it might be wise to ensure that he doesn’t have them on your shoulders while he does the test.