Wellington, Oct. 14: Former boxer and convicted rapist Mike Tyson has entered a ‘sexism debate’ that has recently engulfed Australian politics.
After being impressed by Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s sharp speech to parliament in which she branded Opposition Leader Tony Abbott sexist, Tyson said that ‘society is sexist’.
“I’m not saying she’s right. I’m not saying that I’m on her side, I’m just going by the facts of what history proves, that most males are that way,” the agency quoted Tyson, as saying.
“We can’t help that, society told us to be that way. We have to within ourselves overcome that thinking, change that thinking, and then everybody might be on equal terms,” he added.
It comes after Abbott had called for Speaker Peter Slipper removed, saying he was “no longer a fit and proper person to uphold the dignity of the federal parliament”, Gillard responded by saying that the opposition leader had just discovered sexism because he wanted to use it as a battering ram against Slipper.
“I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man, I will not. Not now, not ever,” Gillard said, pointing at Abbott.
Following the incident, Tyson said that Abbott was a product of a sexist society.
“I can’t judge nobody, I have my own history with people and crime and women and everything, so I’m not going to judge him. We have a process of learning,” he said.
“That’s what we are as people and as time goes on, maybe we’ll learn and think differently. I’m not saying he’s a bad guy … I’m just saying sometimes we get caught up with our society,” he added. (ANI)