Earlier this month, Pamela Anderson appeared on Australia’s “60 Minutes”, issuing a direct appeal to Prime Minister Scott Morrison to “get [WiliLeaks] founder Julian [Assange] his passport back and take him back to Australia and be proud of him.”
Anderson’s pleas fell on deaf ears, with Morrison later asked about her request and responding with a dismissive (and sexist) joke. “I’ve had plenty of mates who have asked me if they can be my special envoy to sort the issue out with Pamela Anderson,” Morrison told an Australian radio station. “But putting that to one side, the serious issue is no, our position on that hasn’t changed.”
Anderson is firing back in an open letter that she shared via the Daily Beast, slamming Morrison for comments she describes as “smutty,” “unnecessary” and “lewd.”
“Your comments following my appeal to you on ’60 Minutes’ were disappointing,” the former “Baywatch” star, 51, writes.
“You trivialized and laughed about the suffering of an Australian and his family. You followed it with smutty, unnecessary comments about a woman voicing her political opinion,” she continues. “We all deserve better from our leaders, especially in the current environment.”
After sharing the results of a “60 Minutes” viewer poll in which 92 per cent “overwhelmingly” favoured returning Assange to Australia, she adds: “Rather than making lewd suggestions about me, perhaps you should instead think about what you are going to say to millions of Australians when one of their own is marched in an orange jumpsuit to Guantanamo Bay — for publishing the truth. You can prevent this.”
She concludes by writing, “I am hopeful Australia now has a leader with strength and conviction enough to bring him home. Australia and the world are watching how you treat your citizen, your publisher, in dire need of help from his own government.”
Morrison has yet to respond to Anderson’s open letter.