Obama might be the President of the biggest and strongest nation in the world but for a Australian party member he’s just a monkey.
Media reports states Nick Sowden, a young member of an Australian party called US President Barack Obama “a monkey” on Twitter, leading to a demand for his expulsion from the party.
He is a member of the Queensland Young Liberal National Party. He had posted messages on Twitter Thursday night while Obama was being interviewed by ABC’s Kerry O’Brien, a media report said.
He tweeted: “I’m not sure why they paid kerry to fly to america, if they wanted an interview with a monkey surely a Ferry to Taronga would have sufficed.” … “If I wanted to see a monkey on TV id watch Wildlife Rescue.”
Although, Sowden clarified that the said comments were a joke party members called on the party senior executive to dismiss Sowden. He told Fairfax Radio: “I think the people who follow me know this … and the people on Twitter don’t, unfortunately,” reports media reports.
The party has disowned him and said that he doesn’t speak for them, nor does he hold a role within the party.
They also said that Australia is a free country and people can make comments. But it is up to other members of our party to determine how they believe members within our party should behave.
While confirming that Sowden was an ordinary member of the Liberal National Party, a spokesperson said it was likely he would face disciplinary proceedings.
Though Australian have been under the scanner for their racist remarks this is perhaps the first time anyone has passed a serious racist remark on the US President.