Voice architect Professor Marcia Langton has been branded a ‘scumbag’ by former supporters for attacking Blak Sovereignty activists who refuse to condemn Hamas.
Just months after she was hailed as a darling of the Left for her work on the Yes campaign for the Voice to Parliament, some followers have now turned on her.
The sudden change was highlighted in two posts on social media by one user who furiously defended Ms Langton online eight weeks ago after she had branded the No campaign racist.
But on Wednesday, the same political commentator, Tom Tanuki, who has more than 15,000 followers on X, labelled her a ‘scumbag’.
He posted a link to an article by Professor Langton where she denied ‘Indigenous Australians feel solidarity with Palestinians’, saying only ‘a tiny few’ felt that way.
She also lashed out at Indigenous activists who refused to condemn Hamas, and said Gazans had ‘precipitated’ the Israeli siege by voting for Hamas in 2006.
Tanuki posted: ‘Can you imagine if the Voice did get up and this scumbag was anywhere near it? God give me strength.’
Voice architect Professor Marcia Langton has been branded a ‘scumbag’ by former supporters for attacking Blak Sovereignty activists who refuse to condemn Hamas
Prof Langton also lashed out at Indigenous activists who refused to condemn Hamas, and said Gazans had ‘precipitated’ the Israeli siege by voting for Hamas in 2006
A tweet from September 14 defending Professor Marcia Langton against allegations of racism by the No campaign
The same poster branded the professor a ‘scumbag’ after she attacked Hamas and dismissed claims of ‘solidarity’ between Indigenous Australians and Palestinian people
Others joined the outrage, posting: ‘This is crazy…the bit about them voting for their own demise? Did she have an aneurysm?
‘I really obviously must have missed something.’
Another questioned: ‘What kind of Voice was she fighting for? Hers, and mob who think like her?
‘I voted for all mob to have their say – even the ones she/Australia disagrees with.’
‘Shame on Langton,’ slammed another, and another added: ‘To anyone with an ounce of sense it’s crystal clear who Marcia speaks for.
‘Starts with an M, ends with an a.’
But one critic revelled in the split in the ranks of the Left, adding: ‘I love how quickly you all eat each other.’ Another posted: ‘The revolution always eats its own.’
In the op-ed article in The Australian, Prof Langton rejected claims that Australia’s Indigenous people felt a ‘solidarity’ with Palestinians.
She said the claim was false and said ‘there is very little comparable in our respective situations, other than our humanity’.
And she blasted pro-Palestinian Blak Sovereignty activists who refuse to condemn Hamas.
Blak Sovereign Movement senator Lidia Thorpe sparked fury when she voiced her support for Palestine in the wake of the October 7 Hamas attack.
She later told Parliament she condemned Hamas’ attacks on Israel, but said she also condemned ‘the violence Israel is and has been inflicting on the Palestinian people’.
Blak Sovereign Movement senator Lidia Thorpe sparked fury when she voiced her support for Palestine in the wake of the October 7 Hamas attack
In the op-ed article in The Australian, Prof Langton rejected claims that Australia’s Indigenous people felt a ‘solidarity’ with Palestinians
‘I am aghast and embarrassed,’ Prof Langton said. ‘They do not speak for me. I fear and loathe the possibility of further loss of life in this terrible crisis.
‘I condemn Hamas…Hamas are terrorists; Palestinian Islamic Jihad are terrorists.
‘The slogan “Not all Palestinians are Hamas” denies the fact that innocent Palestinians are being used as human shields by these terrorists.’
Prof Langton said the loss of lives in Gaza was ‘unjustifiable’ and she was ‘horrified and deeply saddened’ by the Israelis kidnapped and murdered by Hamas.
‘No legitimate Aboriginal leader will permit our movement to be associated with terrorists,’ she said.
‘I can state confidently, based on my long experience in Aboriginal communities and giving advice to Indigenous corporations, that the majority Aboriginal view is a repulsion of terrorism.
‘I fear also that our multicultural society is being torn apart by people deluded about terrorism who have used their protests as a cover for anti-Semitism.’
Her article did get some support and one poster defended her against Mr Tanuki’s attack, replying: ‘Sheesh! I agree with just about everything she wrote.’