After recently making headlines for her comments on Muslim immigration, Sonia Kruger is back in the headlines today after calling a scholarship for LGBTI students "reverse discrimination".
The Today Extra host, referring to a scholarship for LGBTI students funded by the Australian Business and Community Network Scholarship Foundation (ABCN) said:
"It sort of feels like reverse discrimination to me, in a way. To ask a student if they identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, you're asking someone about their sexual preferences and I find that that's a really odd thing to do, in any kind of capacity, whether it's a job or a scholarship. I think a scholarship should be given on merit."
Co-host David Campbell pointed out that the scholarship also included transgender people, and that it was for people facing "significant economic, family or social challenges". Kruger said that while she understood how that could apply to the transgender minority, she still struggled with the scholarship's requirement to identify one's sexuality.
Noting that there are "tons" of other scholarships available for students who aren't LGBTQIA+, an exasperated Campbell responded: "I hardly think it's a big deal".
While a few agreed with Kruger's comments:
Most people disagreed:
Some responded with sarcasm:
Some believed she was just trying to capitalise on the publicity:
Some compared her to Donald Trump:
Others were confused as to why this was happening again:
Many focused on what would be next for Sonia:
And a lot of people just wanted her to stop.
Finally, there was one very important question that remains as yet unanswered: