Annastacia Palaszczuk, John Coates press conference, opening ceremony, Tokyo
Australia has actually responded to an uncommon minute in between Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and John Coates as numerous called out the “awkward” nature of their interview exchange in Tokyo.
Some went even more and knocked the Australian Olympic Committee employer for acting like a bully.
After Brisbane was revealed as host city for the 2032 Olympics, Mr Coates informed Ms Palaszczuk she– and other members of the quote delegation consisting of Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner and Federal Sports Minister Richard Colbeck– would be going to the opening event in Japan.
The AOC president’s regulation followed Ms Palaszczuk absolutely stated she would not participate in the opening event since of the pandemic, and would rather view it from her hotel space.
“You are going to the opening ceremony,” Mr Coates informed Ms Palaszczuk on Wednesday night.
“There will be an opening and a closing ceremony in 2032 and all of you, everyone there, has got to understand the traditional parts of that, what’s involved in an opening ceremony.
“None of you are staying home and going to be sitting in your room.”
The Premier merely stated “I don’t want to offend anybody” as she decreased to outright accept or decrease Mr Coates’ guideline.
While some believed the exchange was cringeworthy, numerous raged at how Mr Coates spoke with Ms Palaszczuk.
Journalist Natalie Forrest tweeted: “Wow … who the hell does John Coates think he is?”
TELEVISION press reporter and speaker Mary Gearin composed: “Wow indeed. What an extraordinary way for John Coates to talk to a Premier. Actually, anyone in the time of covid.”
Journalist Ellen Fanning included: “Watch how John Coates speaks to Qld Premier @AnnastaciaMP … at a press conference on an international stage, turns mike on, arms folded, repeatedly insists she go to the Opening Ceremony despite the covid risk rather than ‘hiding in your room’. Quite extraordinary.”
James Maasdorp called it “painfully awkward” while TELEVISION character Julia Zemiro stated: “A man continues telling … ordering … Premier Palaszczuk what to do & pestering … humiliating … her on a world stage.”
Even Australian star Magda Szubanski weighed in. “John Coates’ behaviour is waaaay past awkward and a loooong way into thuggish,” she tweeted.
Triple J’s Shalailah Medhora stated: “Can you imagine John Coates talking to a male Premier this way? It’s beyond belligerent.”
Former Swimming Australia CEO Leigh Russell was annoyed. “This is disgusting. And yet another example of how women are treated in sport,” she composed on Twitter.
“#AnastasiaPalaszczuk in an impossible situation. Her constituents – don’t go – why should you have all the fun when we are in a pandemic? Bully boys of sport – you’re not in the club unless you come drink expensive wine with us….after all, that’s what sport is about, right?”
Journalist Jen Browning stated the exchange was “super awks” and Marty Silk composed: “Pretty disrespectful way to speak to a thrice-elected Australian political leader.”
Speaking on ABC Radio on Thursday early morning, Ms Palaszczuk stated “I’ll let them sort that out” when pushed once again on if she would be going to the opening event.
“John Coates was laying down the law last night,” she stated. “We are now a part of the IOC family and I will do what John Coates says.”
The Premier later on stated she would be going to.
Mr Coates was persevering on Thursday early morning, informing Channel 7’s Sunrise he “overruled” Ms Palaszczuk after she at first stated she would not be amongst the 1000 approximately VIPs to participate in the opening event, which– like the majority of the occasions– will be closed to the general public since of Covid -19 limitations in the Japanese capital.
“Yes I did do that (overrule the Premier in a press conference last night,” Mr Coates stated onThursday “I’m not sure how she responded to being told, ‘You are going’.
“There will still be an opening and closing ceremony in 2032 with the traditional parts. It’s very important that all the players in this understand that it’s a very big expenditure by an organising committee, a lot of thought has to go into it – the parade of nations, all the traditional parts.
“Anyway, I’ve convinced them that they will all three be there. It’s not a problem.”