Popular Aussie singer Shannon Noll was well within his rights to be upset when a drunken buffoon threw a can of beer at him during a performance in regional NSW over the weekend.
“Nollsie” has performed across the Border and North East on multiple occasions, including Albury’s SS&A Club and Kinross Woolshed, since shooting to fame on Australian Idol and, to the best of our knowledge, these gigs have been incident free.
That wasn’t the case at Nyngan’s Duck Creek picnic races when Noll launched into a threatening tirade instead of calling for security to eject the alleged offender.
“Have some balls and come up here and I'll punch your f---ing teeth down your throat out the back, dog-arse prick. Then I'll f--- your missus and your mum,” he said.
Noll, who is no stranger to violence – he was charged with assault last year following a scuffle with bouncers and the charges were later dropped – continued his threats of violence and abuse for about two minutes, repeatedly calling the man a “motherf---er”, a referring to the man’s “f---ing balls”.
After the man in the crowd didn’t come forward, Noll tried to incite violence in the crowd by saying “I’ll give someone 100 bucks to punch that f--- for me”.
Two men engaging in violent behaviour and violent threats is obviously unacceptable, but at least it is contained to the two willing participants. Noll’s threat of sexual violence towards the man’s partner and mother is both sickening and indefensible.
At a time when the nation is engaged in a robust debate about male violence against women, Noll uses the threat of violence against women in picking a fight with another bloke. And hundreds of men in the crowd can be seen clapping, cheering and waving their arms in the air in apparent approval.
We should all be alarmed at the casual way in which brutality is threatened against, not just the perpetrator who threw the object, but also his “property” – namely the women in his life. This total disregard for women as people in their own right is at the heart of Australia’s epidemic of violence against women.
We accept that he didn’t deserve that and can understand his frustration but threats of violence, including threats of violence against women, isn’t the answer.