As is typical of young lefties, mechanical engineer and minor celebrity Yasmin Abdel-Magied sees herself as a victim:
Given that I am now the most publicly hated Muslim in Australia, people have been asking me how I am. What do I say? That life has been great and I can’t wait to start my new adventure in London? That I’ve been overwhelmed with messages of support? Or do I tell them that it’s been thoroughly rubbish? That it is humiliating to have almost 90,000 twisted words written about me in the three months since Anzac Day, words that are largely laced with hate.
Do I reveal that it’s infuriatingly frustrating to have worked for years as an engineer, only to have that erased from my public narrative? That it is surreal to be discussed in parliamentary question time and Senate estimates for volunteering to promote Australia through public diplomacy programs? That I get death threats on a daily basis, and I have to reassure my parents that I will be fine, when maybe I won’t be? That I’ve resorted to moving house, changing my phone number, deleting my social media apps. That journalists sneak into my events with schoolchildren to sensationally report on what I share. That I’ve been sent videos of beheadings, slayings and rapes from people suggesting the same should happen to me.
Abdel-Magied steadfastly refuses to acknowledge her role in fomenting public “hate”:
I do not hold an elected office, I do not officially represent any racial or cultural group, and I have never been part of a political party, union or even political student organisation. I am a 25-year-old Muslim engineering chick, born in the Sahara desert, whose words occasionally find themselves in the public arena. And if a few words that I put together are enough to terrify institutions into attacking me, stumbling over themselves to demonstrate why “people like her” are wrong and why we should not be listened to because our words are oppressive, then one has to ask, what are they so afraid of? Why are they so afraid? For if the argument was truly as irrelevant as so many claim it to be, then surely it wouldn’t be worth all this energy.
Had Abdel-Magied stuck to engineering, no one would know or care about her. She yearns for celebrity, however, relentlessly cultivating brand Yassmin. She wasn’t exactly born in the desert, but in Khartoum, current population 5 million plus. Her ego has grown so huge she probably believes she “terrifies institutions” and instills public fear. Disgust arising from her absurd Muslim-feminist pontifications is not fear.
Abdel-Magied’s 2014 TED talk, a revolting mishmash of glibness, affectations, leftist propaganda and self-promotion, is classically off-puting:
Unconscious bias is a prevalent factor driving culture, causing us all to make assumptions based on our own upbringings and influences. Such implicit prejudice affects everything, and it’s time for us to be more thoughtful, smarter, better. In this funny, honest talk, Yassmin Abdel-Magied uses a surprising way to challenge us all to look beyond our initial perceptions.
Abdel-Magied should have confined her presentation to topics she knows something about: unconscious bias and unconscious bias testing are thoroughly discredited, here at length and here pointedly by psychology professor and clinical practitioner Jordan Peterson.
During her TED talk Abdel-Magied claims to be a “race car engineer” – at 1:10 – who “designed my own race car”, which might surprise the University of Queensland team responsible for the production of that particular vehicle – race car design and production is an ongoing UQ project. Abdel-Magied does not mention how “her” car performed in competition.
Not one to hide her light under a bushel, Abdel-Magied informs the TED audience – at 6:10 – her “day job” is “running” an offshore drilling rig. It is unlikely, however, that a 23 year-old “graduate engineer” “ran” an offshore rig.
Abdel-Magies is decidedly more modest in a 2013 UQ promotional video, foregoing mention of her drilling rig “running” and acknowledging she was part of the race car production team she eventually led. Outside the confines of a short, tightly-scripted presentation, however, the I-am-a-Muslim-first-and-foremost, and a feminist, Abdel-Magied comes to the fore.
Thus her absurd pronouncements that Islam is “the most feminist” religion and sharia law is benign. Following up with a disrespectful Anzac Day post Abdel-Magied does not have the sense to realise was inappropriate – she is, after all, only secondarily Australian – made a fierce backlash certain.
Australians do not hate Abdel-Magied; there’s no point in wasting emotional energy on someone so young and obviously out of touch with reality.
Update: Abdel-Magied, presumably on her way to London, is in the United States appearing at the pricey National Speakers Association annual conference, “The Premier Event for Speaking Influence”. According to the NSA, it offers “the comprehensive resources, cutting-edge tools, insightful education and productive events that speakers need to develop their brands and grow their businesses.”
It looks like Abdel-Magied is reprising the I-ran-an-oil-rig, unconscious bias schtick performed in her 2014 TED talk.
Hopefully the video will go online so we can compare and contrast.