Yassmin Abdel-Magied says Anzac Day backlash "unfair"
SHE sparked a firestorm over a controversial Anzac Day Facebook post.
And now Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied has spoken out surrounding the furore, labelling her treatment as unfair.
Speaking to a group of 60 school students at a Sydney Writers Festival workshop yesterday, Ms Abdel-Magied revealed her shock over the backlash she received, The Australian reported.
In the now deleted post, Ms Abdel-Magied wrote: "Lest We Forget (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine ...)."
Despite the post being quickly deleted and followed by an apology, the 26-year-old was slammed by many who called her disrespectful and unAustralian.
The post even sparked calls for her to be sacked from her role hosting Saturday morning program Australia Wide.
She told the group of Year 9 students from Dapto she didn't understand how others could say what they thought but she couldn't.
"I posted an apology very quickly afterwards, but one of our senior cabinet members said 'Well Yassmin is un-Australian for saying this'," she said.
"Then somebody asked well, another dude wrote a whole article about how Anzac Day is problematic, what do you think about that? And the same person who just criticised me as unaustralian said 'Well he's allowed to say what he thinks'.
"Why is he allowed to say what he thinks and I'm not - I don't know."
The ABC presenter was speaking with author Randa Abdel-Fattah at a student session called Mono or Multicultured?, which discussed racism and multiculturalism in Australia.
"Who is anyone to tell me what it means to be Australian?" she asked.
"The only people that have the rights to this land are indigenous people. So if it's an indigenous person saying to me 'girl, take a step back,' then I will listen to that. But ... I'm an Australian citizen and, unless we get to the point where I get deported for misdemeanours, then I'm going to say what I want and you just have to walk away."
She also revealed how she used to joke about terrorism and brown people to fit in working on gas and oil rigs as a way to survive "in that environment".
But she admits this only reinforces the problem rather than fixes it.
It wouldn't be the first time the activist has been embroiled in controversy.
Ms Abdel-Magied also made waves this year when she got into a heated debate with Senator Jacqui Lambie and defended Islam as "the most feminist religion" during an appearance on Q&A.