Activist and writer Yassmin Abdel-Magied has brutally lashed out at the Queen’s platinum anniversary celebrations by tweeting the presence of Union Jack flags in her adopted homeland as “waking nightmare’.
The ex-ABC personality, 31, who moved to Brisbane from Sudan when she was 18 months old, fled Australia to the UK in 2017 after sparking outrage over an insensitive social media post about Anzac Day that read: ‘ lest. We. To forget. (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine)’ on April 25.
Now she has criticized the British for paying tribute to their 96-year-old monarch who sat on the throne for 70 years, just days after she released a book discussing the possibility of renunciation of her Australian citizenship.
‘There are trade unionists everywhere. it’s like a waking nightmare —’ she posted.
Activist and writer Yassmin Abdel-Magied (pictured) has admitted drama ‘always’ finds her five years after she fled Australia to avoid the backlash of an infamous Anzac Day post
Activist and writer Yassmin Abdel-Magied has brutally berated the Queen during her platinum anniversary party and the presence of Union Jack flags in her adopted homeland has been tweeted as ‘waking up nightmare’
Outraged commentators fired back at the comment, with some telling her to ‘go back to Australia’.
“Dude no. Bunting is a beautiful, beautiful British tradition. Once you’ve done a few winters and non-summers you will – as I did when I lived there – long for a bright piece of cloth waving sadly in the drizzle x,” one wrote.
Another said: ‘If you don’t like it, then leave, but don’t come back to Australia. I hear you’re giving up your Australian citizenship, great news.’
A third commented, “Why do you think some flags are ‘a waking nightmare’?”
“They are colorful patches of cloth hung to mark the astonishing longevity of a person who did not ask for her part, but who, once given, performed it with admirable zeal and patience, suppressing her own ego.”
The private-schooled former mechanical engineer recently admitted drama finds her ‘always’.
Mrs Abdel-Magied appeared on last week ABC News Breakfast to discuss her new book, detailing her experiences following the polarizing Facebook post that sent her into exile.
She apologized for the post, but many Australians were outraged that she hijacked National Day of Remembrance to make a political statement.
“I didn’t go looking for the drama, but somehow I drew it anyway,” the activist reflected on the controversy.
“I think, quite often, I was perhaps a little ahead of my time.”
In the photo: Queen Elizabeth II will attend a special flypast with Prince Charles from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Thursday
Outraged commentators fired back at Abdel-Magied’s comment, with some telling her to ‘go back to Australia’
Ms Abdel-Magied said she was proud to have sparked a difficult conversation on Australia’s national stage when she was only in her twenties.
“Because I’m not necessarily bringing up things that are morally wrong, but things that people might find uncomfortable or awkward to discuss in the public context,” she explained.
The author put forward the idea of relinquishing her Australian citizenship in an essay from her new book Talking About a Revolution.
Ms Abdel-Magied wrote that Britain or perhaps the US would be her permanent home after declaring in 2017 that she felt “betrayed” by her home country.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who sparked outrage with an infamous Facebook post on Anzac Day in 2017, says the backlash has hit her so hard she may never return to Australia
‘I emigrated, I’m not going back. I emigrated the same way my parents left Sudan, I left Australia,” she told the Sydney Morning Herald†
If the activist surrendered her Australian passport, all she would be left with was a Sudanese passport and it would be much more difficult for her to enter Australia.
The author has admitted that it would be “impractical” for her to relinquish the passport.
And despite recently marrying a British man, Ms Abdel-Magied will have to wait several years to become a British citizen.
Ms Abdel-Magied’s 2017 Anzac Day post drew widespread condemnation online, in the media and even death threats, which persisted even after she deleted it and apologized
The 31-year-old said she was proud to have sparked a difficult conversation on Australia’s national stage while only in her twenties as she looked back at her infamous Anzac Day post
She has only returned to Down Under a few times, sometimes just to meet visa requirements to stay in the UK.
Ms Abdel-Magied told an interviewer in London that if she hears even an Australian accent now, ‘I will leave’.
“I feel a bit betrayed by Australia, because it’s my country and these are my compatriots and it’s my home, and to fight for your right to exist in your homeland – it’s exhausting,” she said at the time.
Then Immigration Secretary Peter Dutton was one of a number of Conservative politicians who took part.
The newly elected Liberal leader called the post a “disgrace” and condemned the use of “Lest We Forget”, a phrase associated with commemorating the victims of war, to make political comments about Australia’s foreign and immigration policies.
New Liberal leader Peter Dutton (right), seen here with his wife Krilly, was among a number of politicians to condemn the Facebook post ‘Lest we forget’, which he called a ‘disgrace’
Despite being named Young Queenslander of the Year in 2010 and being touted as a cultural ambassador by the Australian government, Ms Abdel-Magied has come to describe herself as Australia’s ‘most publicly hated Muslim’.
She told the Sydney Morning Heral that the pain she feels for Australia runs deep.
“(Australia) kicked me out and it was cruel, and it was cruel in a way it didn’t have to be and it was cruel to someone who loved it and just wished it well,” she said.
“I’ve compared it to an abusive partner in the past because it’s such a complex relationship. On the one hand, there’s a lot of good times there and on the other, there’s so much evil and hurt that you’re never quite sure what that relationship was like.”
Ms Abdel Magied said it was because of the abuse that she chose to appear virtually, rather than in person, at the Sydney Writers’ Festival on Saturday.
Ms Abdel-Magied says she’s so reluctant to return to her once-adopted and beloved country that she’s now only appearing for writers’ festivals in Australia via a video link
Mrs Abdel-Magied’s parents still live in Brisbane, where they emigrated in 1992 as highly skilled migrants.
They may have to wait a while to see their daughter in person again.
“I grew up in Brisbane and don’t really have any issues with Brisbane, but I don’t miss it,” says Ms Abdel-Magied.
‘And sometimes I feel like a terrible person for that. How can you not miss a place where you have spent most of your life? Still I’m doing very well [with] don’t go back.’
Ms Abdel-Magied has become a much sought-after commentator in the British media, but has built a more lucrative profile as a speaker in the US, mainly discussing racial and cultural relations.