Hardline feminist Clementine Ford's Lifeline speech is CANCELLED after thousands demanded the charity remove her as keynote speaker for tweeting 'all men must die'
- Feminist Clementine Ford was to address a Lifeline event on domestic violence
- A petition had circulated arguing her anti-male tweets made her unsuitable
- Change.org petition author Adam Smith said her 'hateful comments' a concern
- Lifeline spokesman Alan Woodward said the organisers felt event was 'divisive'
Suicide prevention group Lifeline has cancelled a domestic violence forum featuring hardline feminist Clementine Ford after a petition against her appearance attracted almost 14,000 signatures.
A change.org petition, set up last month, argued her previous tweets saying 'kill all men' and 'all men must die' made her unsuitable to address the 'Recognise, Respond, Refer' event in Melbourne on May 29.
A Lifeline spokesman Alan Woodward said the event, which was to be moderated by former Ten newsreader and Australian #MeToo campaigner Tracey Spicer, was cancelled because they regarded it as 'divisive'.
'The decision was made following feedback we had received and our assessment the event had drawn strong views,' he told Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday morning.
Suicide prevention group Lifeline has cancelled an event featuring hardline feminist Clementine Ford after a petition against her appearance attracted almost 14,000 signatures
A change.org petition, set up last month, argued her previous tweets saying 'kill all men' made her unsuitable to address the 'Recognise, Respond, Refer' event in Melbourne on May 29
'We felt we couldn't proceed in the spirit of open discussion as intended.'
Mr Woodward said the 'nature of the views expressed' in the petition had made the forum untenable, but he stressed the cancellation was not related to Ms Ford's previous tweets.'Lifeline does not want to do anything that could create division in the community,' he said.
'It was more the response within the wider community that led us to cancel the event, not any views expressed by the speaker.'
Lifeline spokesman Alan Woodward said the event, which was to be moderated by Australian #MeToo campaigner Tracey Spicer, was cancelled because they regarded it as 'divisive'
Adam Smith's campaign against Ms Ford's appearance at the Lifeline event had amassed 13,917 signatures by Tuesday morning, three weeks after his petition went live.
'It is extremely important that they remain distant from the hateful comments previously made very loudly and consistently by Ms Ford,' it said.
'She MUST be removed from the speaking lineup for the protection of the very people you are funded to support.'
Petition author Adam Smith had included screen shots of the Fairfax Media columnist's inflammatory tweets and argued she was synonymous with the hashtag, '#killallmen'.
'Lifeline is a service that is crucial to people experiencing high levels of emotional distress, many of them suicidal over bullying experiences,' he said.
Adam Smith's campaign against Clementine Ford's appearance at the Lifeline event had amassed 13,917 signatures by Tuesday morning, three weeks after his petition went live.
Petition author Adam Smith included screen shots of Clementine Ford's inflammatory tweets and argued she was synonymous with the hashtag, '#killallmen'
In October 2015, Clementine Ford tweeted 'kill all men' after a woman suggested on Twitter her 'blind hatred of males' made it hypocritical of her to be an advocate of equal rights.
One woman questioned how Lifeline could give her a platform, considering many men with mental health problems relied on the service.
'It's hard enough for men to call a helpline to talk about how they are feeling,' she said on the Facebook page of former Labor leader Mark Latham.
'Now I feel men may not utilise this important lifeline for them.'
Petition author Adam Smith had included screen shots of the Fairfax Media columnist's inflammatory tweets and argued she was synonymous with the hashtag, '#killallmen'
Last month, Lifeline said it did not necessarily agree with Clementine Ford's views on men.
'It is common place for a range of views and perspectives to occur in a discussion panel,' it told Daily Mail Australia.
'Lifeline does not necessarily agree with any particular panel member or commentator's views.'
Clementine Ford said in April she had 'addressed the intention behind these statements numerous times'.
'If we lived in a world where women were murdering men en masse and men genuinely had reason to fear they might be murdered in their beds by a gang of marauding feminists, I would agree with your concern,' she told Daily Mail Australia on Monday.
'As it is is, we live in a world where it's women who are being murdered by men at a minimum rate of one a week in this country, not to mention the countless circumstances of sexual violence, physical harassment and ongoing domestic violence perpetrated against women.'
The author of 'Fight Like A Girl' has also previously tweeted 'I bathe in male tears' and last year wrote 'Have you killed any men today? And if not, why not?' in a book signed for a fan.
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