"I went to the college and I had nothing to do with it and I was sooking, seeking attention."
Host Tony Jones: "When did this happen?"
Layik: "Last year."
Jones: "What time of the day? Was it daytime? "
Jones: "3am? So people broke into your room while you were sleeping? "
Jones went on to ask: "A lot of people will be asking why these guys – there are so many whys – but why do they throw raw meat at you?"
Layik: "They knew I was vegan, they thought that was something they could have personally attacked. But really, the reason is child or pointless. It does not really mean anything. "
Government panelist Simon Birmingham, who mostly drowned in a sea of talking points during a program of political issues and related issues, took this one vaguely head-on: "That's appalling. college rather than you … that's the wrong outcome and it's an unfair outcome. "
But it was Butler who drilled to the core: "Who cares why?" "That's a criminal act." "It's a stupid thing to bloody do."
This was a raw and enlightening edition or Q & A, with several moments like this panel – featuring Butler, Hanson-Young, Birmingham, Labor's Amanda Rishworth and people's panelist Sali Miftari – traversed the minefield of the #MeToo movement and sexism, here and abroad.
This may have been Hanson-Young's finest moment on the national stage, as she tried to explain the impact of this year by fellow senator David Leyonhjelm. She called it for what it was: slut-shaming.
Jones: "You are the term" slut-shaming. "It is a term I can not say, but you have ….
Hanson-Young: "I do Look, when I first mentioned what was going on with me as slut-shaming, I had to say it a few times in my head before it came out because it is confronting … but the reason I used it is because there is no better description of how this is used to disempower women.
It is the power of slut-shaming itself … it is because of that, there is something, just a little bit, where people go, 'maybe she is a slut. Maybe that did happen. Maybe this happened. That is the power of that type or intimidation, rumor and innuendo. It is used as a weapon. "
For Butler, the debate about sexism, masculinity, male hostility and male vulnerability drew some searing honesty. He talked about his battles with anxiety: "My wife turned on Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong – that's how we dance with each other … I turned my shoulders and I love me and we danced. started bawling my eyes out. "
He spoke of his work – in the public sphere – with people, and in the context of the distressing rate of male suicide.
And on the scalding details of stories about their treatment by men, he said to Melis Layik: "I am dumbfounded by this child of culture.
"Then when nothing is done about it … You left the school … You left the campus … They were not … culture that … I do not have anything to say about how perplexed I do not have anything to say and I hope my daughter never has to deal with it and I hope my bloody son never acts like that. "
Butler ended the program with his band and a song, but his spoken words were the most potent, on a potent edition of a program with this cultural moment in perfect time.