23 October 2012
MikeTyson dinner in bad taste
Premier Ted Baillieu, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and the Victorian Women's Trust last night called on Victorians to boycott the event.
The close personal dining experience with the convicted rapist will be held after his "Day of the Champions" motivational speaking event at Festival Hall next month.
Food and wine will be served at the exclusive gathering, with guests to be seated at one table in a dressing room inside the venue. Tour manager Max Markson said it would be a "free-flowing conversation" with no topic off-limits.
Mr Baillieu issued a renewed call to Prime Minister Julia Gillard to overturn Tyson's Australian visa.
"Clearly, the Federal Government should not have granted Mr Tyson a visa," he said.
"It is inappropriate and the Prime Minister should intervene to overturn the minister's decision."
Cr Doyle said Tyson was not welcome in Melbourne.
"He's convicted of rape and violence, and I don't know what he brings to Australia," he said.
"I'd actually say to those considering going to this private event to think again."
Victorian Women's Trust executive director Mary Crooks backed a boycott, but challenged men who did attend to raise women's rights with Tyson.
"I'd be very curious about what his message would be to an elite $3000-a-head dinner and I'd be surprised if he showed any remorse," she said.
heralsun.com.au 23 Oct 2012
Australian politicians cannot escape their true calling of the criminal past of colonisation.
By bringing in more criminal trash (this time in the form of disgraced Mike Tyson), the up and coming criminals may have some tips.
Tyson a convicted rapist, together with unsportsmanlike behaviour (biting Evander Holyfield's ear during a professional boxing match) is truly an inspiration for the next generation of criminals.
Not only is it Tyson who is the disgrace, but also the promoters and politicians that let him into the country.
As long as the canon fodder pay $60,000 it is all ok.