A snapshot of Alan Jones social media pages

Interested in what’s happening with social media pages set up in the wake of Alan Jones comments about the Prime Minister’s father? Here’s a rundown of some of the latest online activity from the most popular communities.

The Sack Alan Jones Facebook page has a clear focus on encouraging people to sign its petition (“Its time to sack Alan Jones: sign the petition at http://www.change.org/alanjones”). Its Facebook fan number more than 20,500 at the time of writing.

Sack Alan Jones Facebook Page
Sack Alan Jones Facebook Page

From its page description:

“Alan Jones has been known to have a bad day – say things he shouldn’t, and usually gets away with it. On September 30, the papers will print a story showing Alan Jones most recent claim that Julia Gillard’s father died of shame. John Gillard, a psychiatric nurse, passed away after a period of protracted illness in early September. Alan Jones’ comments, as reprehensible as they are, are an affront to the memory of a strong and dedicated man, and should be nothing short of condemned. His comments are a blatant attempt to discredit the image of Ms Gillard, in the lowest form possible. No one can justify cheap political points by attacking the memory of anyone’s loved ones.

“To this end, Alan Jones must resign from his public media duties, and failing that, Australian radio station 2GB should terminate his contract. There is simply no justification, no public apology great enough to undo the damage this man has, and continues to cause with his poorly chosen words.”

The page has set out to demonstrate that it’s not faceless cyberbullies who are behind this campaign. Over the past week it’s asked fans to share their ‘enough is enough’ images and has collected supporter photos for its Facebook cover image.

The page shares guidelines for the actions it’d like supporters to take, for example:

“Many large brands have dumped Alan Jones’ show in the wake of your response, but could easily come back in the next few months. Can you help ensure Harvey Norman, Katmandu and McDonalds follow Mercedes’ lead in publicly committing to never return, or not return for at least 2013? Please thank them for ceasing advertising, then ask them to make that longer term commitment.”

A quick check of advertiser Facebook pages reveals that people are indeed leaving comments. See the McDonalds example below:

Comments on McDonald's Australia Facebook Page
Comments on McDonald’s Australia Facebook Page

People are sharing similar messages on the Hyundai Facebook page:

Hyundai Australia Facebook page
Hyundai Australia Facebook page

Meanwhile, Destroy the Joint https://www.facebook.com/DestroyTheJoint has a Facebook community of 18,155. It’s asking people to ‘take the pledge’ as follows:

It starts with me.

I want an Australia where girls and women, where men and boys, can take part in our society without enduring discrimination, sexism and violence.

I want an Australia where we respect each other; an Australia where no person experiences hate because of their gender, race, religion or sexuality.

And I will challenge anyone who uses sex, race, religion or sexual orientation to incite hatred or to demean or vilify any of us. I will not stand by and let others do so without speaking up.

It Stops With Me.

From its Facebook bio: “Destroy The Joint stands for gender equality and civil discourse in Australia. The name “Destroy The Joint” came from the on-air comments of 2GB broadcaster Alan Jones, who stated in an on-air discussion on Friday August 31, 2012, that “women are destroying the joint”. This misogynistic comment was transformed into a witty Twitter hashtag that trended for four days. The term “destroy the joint” or “destroying the joint” has entered the Australian lexicon. It rejects the suggestion that women are destroying the joint and represents a call to action for Australians who reject sexism and seek a civil and decent society. We’re not out to destroy the joint – that was someone else’s description. We’re rebuilding it with good humour and optimism.”

The Destroy the Joint Twitter account has 2089 as of 10am this morning and the #destroythejoint hashtag is still going strong (as is discussion via #alanjones).

The Destroy the Joint and Sack Alan Jones Facebook pages support each other.

But it’s certainly not all one-sided. Some comments left on the Mercedes Facebook Page for example are against that advertiser withdrawing from Alan Jones’s 2GB show.

On Jones’s Wikipedia page there is a new section outlining the ‘died of shame’ controversy. (Looking at the editing history of the page, I must say I’m surprised there hasn’t been more action taking place there. Indicative of how tricky Wikipedia can be to access and edit?)

Have you participated in this campaign? What do you think of the way the organisers of these pages have used social media?

2 Comments Add yours

  1. robynverrall says:

    I have not participated in any of these campaigns, in fact I have hidden them, like religious messages from my face book page. I do not agree with anything Alan Jones said, but lets put this in to some context. there are so many more worthy causes out there that could do with this support, curing cancer, protecting children from abuse etc the list goes on. It is just another form of bullying that I refuse to participate in. Some of the comments are just as cringe worthy as his comment was that it belies belief. These also do not offer a solution to the problem, nothing can stop the loud mouth man and this just adds to the weight of his ‘influence’ to his employer, we all know those advertisers will come back, his audience is wide and vast and I suspect some of those on these pages are probably listeners. Does this make me a social media avoider?

  2. Prakky says:

    Thanks for your comment, Robyn. Time will tell whether this is a solution to the ‘Alan Jones problem’ and I’ll follow with interest.

    One thing I will say: we don’t need to follow just one cause. So the people behind this campaign and their supporters may very well also raise money for cancer research, or campaign against child abuse. Who knows? I find that ‘active’ people often participate in a number of communities and often strive to make a difference. Being part of this current campaign doesn’t preclude that or indicate that it’s ALL they do.

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