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.
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: