The highly controversial, hotly-anticipated appearance of Jordan Peterson on Q&A has almost been ruined after he failed to grasp the notion of Australia’s Liberal Party actually representing conservative politics and ideologies.
Although there is conjecture over his standing as a political commentator, Professor Peterson is an eminently qualified psychologist, making it all the annoying that Tony Jones had to spend the first thirty minutes of the program translating questions to the desperately confused Canadian.
The panel show had already had a rocky start, with Peterson yelling ‘That’s not what I said! You’re misrepresenting me!’ before any questions had actually been asked, and it pretty much spiralled downhill from there.
‘Negative gearing is just not something that we traditionally associate with liberal ideologies, I’m really surprised that a liberal party is going with that fairly capitalist, conservative economic policy,’ said JBP, as Terri Butler shifted uncomfortably in her seat.
As Dr Peterson continued marvel at just how conservative Australia’s liberal party was, the young white men in the audience shifted rapidly from bemused to disheartened, as they realised their hero was not coping with a simple shift in vocabulary.
‘It’s so fucked how Australia uses different words from other countries,’ said Jai Mackenzie, an avid JBP fan, wearing a United Patriots Front t-shirt. Or maybe it was the Patriots United Front? Or the Front of United Patriots? Actually, we believe it was the People’s Front of Patriotic United Citizens.
Hard to keep track of every deranged alt-right group these days.
That was not the only surprise of the evening. Van Badham, after listening to Jordan’s condemnation of the Liberal Party, argued for the immediate installation of Peter Dutton as Prime Minister.
‘I don’t know what came over me,’ she said.
‘I was so committed to disagreeing with Peterson that I ended up tweeting an endorsement for the Voldemort of the Liberal Party.’
The shitshow ended with Tony Jones’ head in his hands, and JBP screaming at the audience, beginning to know ‘why a party called KAP exclusively wears broad brim hats.’
Not much more to come.