Anna Wintour slams Margaret Court, Scott Morrison over gay rights

Ruben Hill
January 25, 2019

Vogue US editor Anna Wintour has delivered a scorching criticism of Australian tennis champion Margaret Court and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison over their opposition to LGBT+ rights.

Reacting to Wintour's words, Court told ABC calls for renaming the arena were "another example of freedom of religion being under threat" and claimed she welcomes LGBT+ people in her church.

The Margaret Court Arena at Melbourne Park was named after Court in 2003 in recognition of her trailblazing tennis career in which she won a record-breaking 24 grand-slam singles titles. Same-sex marriage has been legalized in Australia. "I am disappointed that Qantas has become an active promoter for same-sex marriage".

The 76-year-old wrote that she believed in the traditional definition of marriage as stated in the Bible and that the airline had left her "no option but to use other airlines [where] possible for my extensive travelling".

If you happen to be in Melbourne and wondering why you've been subconsciously dressing far more fashionably or walking with a much straighter back this week, it's because Anna Wintour has blessed the city with a rare in-person visit.

The Vogue editor-in-chief was the headline speaker at the Australian Open Inspiration Series when she made a decision to let everyone know exactly what she thought of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Margaret Court and their views on the LGBTQI community.

USA tennis legend Billie Jean King has also called for the 7,500-seat arena to be renamed.

"I have admired the way you support your women, especially in sport", she said. "I'm a gay woman. that really went deep in my heart and soul", King said.

Speaking in Melbourne on Thursday, Wintour, who has helmed the iconic fashion magazine since 1988, said that "intolerance has no place in tennis".

"Margaret Court was a champion on the court but a meeting point for players of all nations, preferences, and backgrounds should celebrate somebody who was a champion off the court as well", she said, according to ABC.

The fashion icon also voiced her "alarm" over Prime Minister Scott Morrison's record on LGBTIQ rights, labelling it "backwards in all senses".

Referring to government proposals (later abandoned) to allow schools to discriminate against LGBTQI students, Wintour said: "That no one can be expelled from school for their orientation should not require clarification. A government should protect its people, not make it unclear whether they will be accepted".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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