Election 2016: Drag Queen Pauline Pantsdown Considers A Comeback


After almost two decades in the political wilderness, Pauline Hanson is back.

Queensland’s controversial One Nation leader was successful in her bid for a Senate spot at last weekend’s federal election.

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Now, the question on everyone’s lips is … will the political satirist who created Pauline Pantsdown bring the character out of retirement?

Simon Hunt, a University of New South Wales media lecturer and LGBTI activist, shot to fame in the 1990s with two songs – Backdoor Man and I Don’t Like It – parodying Ms Hanson and the One Nation Party.

While Hunt is open to the idea of reviving Pauline Pantsdown, he is waiting for the post-election dust to settle.

“I’ve had about 75 messages saying ‘we’re assuming Pauline Pantsdown will be back’,” he told the ABC.

“I’m not sure yet, but it’s what people want. I don’t know whether it’s useful or not.”

The Pauline Pantsdown character was phased out when Ms Hanson’s political influence waned in the early 2000s.

“Last time when I had my 15 minutes of fame, it was Aboriginal people and Asian people who came up to me and said ‘thank you for giving me a conduit to help me through the pain I felt’,” he said.

Hunt, who in recent years has worked on social media campaigns against homophobia, said he would think carefully before creating a new song to parody the right-wing politician, saying there was a risk he would be helping her cause.

“That’s part of the reason why I’m not coming out and saying that I’ll definitely do a song,” he told Fairfax Media.

“I have to survey the situation, what her power is and what’s the best way to undermine that power and get rid of that (anti-)Islamic rhetoric that she’s going to bring to government.

“I felt like I did do something useful back in the 90s but it’s a different world. She’s not the only one saying these things out loud any more so there can’t necessarily be the same response.”

Watch Pauline Pantsdown’s “I Don’t Like It” below:

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