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Magda Szubanski appears downcast during a solo walk on her 60th birthday

A glum-looking Magda Szubanski celebrated her 60th birthday on Monday by taking a solo stroll in Melbourne, after being criticised by female politicians for comparing Prime Minister Scott Morrison‘s wife, Jenny, to a character from The Handmaid’s Tale.

The left-leaning comedian had retweeted a photo of Mrs Morrison in a high-neck black dress as she watched her husband sign a condolence book for the late Prince Philip.

Szubanski captioned the image: ‘I genuinely thought this was a photoshopped Handmaid’s Tale meme. But no. It’s 21st century Aussie life.’

Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, HBO series The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a totalitarian society in which women are treated as property of the state.

Stepping out: A glum-looking Magda Szubanski celebrated her 60th birthday on Monday by taking a solo stroll in Melbourne, after being criticised by female politicians for comparing Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s wife, Jenny, to a character from The Handmaid’s Tale

Szubanski had retweeted the photo with a message from a left-wing Twitter account, which read: ‘Good morning to everyone else to whom this feels creepy, chilling, terrifying, ominous, enraging, despairing and utterly, completely f**king depressing.’

After facing widespread backlash for her commentary – which suggested Ms Morrison was subservient to her husband and part of the machinery of a misogynist society – Szubanski failed to raise a smile on Monday while going for an afternoon birthday walk. 

She wrapped up against the chilly weather in a winter coat, red sweater and patterned leggings, and listened to music via headphones. 

'Appalling': The left-leaning comedian had retweeted a photo of Mrs Morrison watching her husband sign a condolence book for the late Prince Philip, captioning the image: 'I genuinely thought this was a photoshopped Handmaid’s Tale meme. But no. It’s 21st century Aussie life'

‘Appalling’: The left-leaning comedian had retweeted a photo of Mrs Morrison watching her husband sign a condolence book for the late Prince Philip, captioning the image: ‘I genuinely thought this was a photoshopped Handmaid’s Tale meme. But no. It’s 21st century Aussie life’

Dystopian: Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, HBO series The Handmaid's Tale is set in a totalitarian society in which women are treated as property of the state. Pictured: actors Yvonne Strahovski and Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid's Tale

Dystopian: Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, HBO series The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a totalitarian society in which women are treated as property of the state. Pictured: actors Yvonne Strahovski and Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid’s Tale

Solemn: The Australian actress didn't extend a smile as she took herself for a solo walk to mark the milestone event

Solemn: The Australian actress didn’t extend a smile as she took herself for a solo walk to mark the milestone event

Wrapping up: Szubanski wrapped up warm for the brisk outing, with her headphones on and her hair tied back as she enjoyed the brisk Autumn weather

Wrapping up: Szubanski wrapped up warm for the brisk outing, with her headphones on and her hair tied back as she enjoyed the brisk Autumn weather

Backlash: On Sunday, Szubanski retweeted a photo of Jenny Morrison dressed in a high-necked black dress as she watched her husband sign a condolence book for the late Prince Philip, who passed away aged 99 on Friday

Backlash: On Sunday, Szubanski retweeted a photo of Jenny Morrison dressed in a high-necked black dress as she watched her husband sign a condolence book for the late Prince Philip, who passed away aged 99 on Friday

Backlash: On Sunday, Szubanski retweeted a photo of Jenny Morrison dressed in a high-necked black dress as she watched her husband sign a condolence book for the late Prince Philip, who passed away aged 99 on Friday 

Controversial: Alongside the Tweet, Szubanski had written: 'I genuinely thought this was a photoshopped Handmaid’s Tale meme. But no. It’s 21st century Aussie life'

Controversial: Alongside the Tweet, Szubanski had written: ‘I genuinely thought this was a photoshopped Handmaid’s Tale meme. But no. It’s 21st century Aussie life’

Shamed: Szubanski has since been publicly slammed by a number of conservative female politicians over her controversial Tweet

Shamed: Szubanski has since been publicly slammed by a number of conservative female politicians over her controversial Tweet

She climbed into her car and picked up lunch. Meanwhile, bouquets of flowers were seen at her front door to mark her milestone birthday. 

It will be a bittersweet celebration for the actress – who played loveable misfit Sharon Strzelecki in ABC sitcom  Kath & Kim – as she faces backlash from a growing number of conservative female politicians over her controversial tweet which compared Mrs Morrison to a character from The Handmaid’s Tale.

NSW Liberal Senator Hollie Hughes told The Daily Telegraph: ‘Ms Szubanski has herself been the target of obscene trolls, yet the hypocritical nature of the Left is here on display.’

Blasted: 'The sisterhood need to stop picking and choosing which sisters to protect; all women deserve to be treated with respect,' Liberal MP Nicolle Flint said in light of the posts

Blasted: ‘The sisterhood need to stop picking and choosing which sisters to protect; all women deserve to be treated with respect,’ Liberal MP Nicolle Flint said in light of the posts

Celebration: Masses of flowers were seen being delivered to her home, no doubt to celebrate her 60th

Celebration: Masses of flowers were seen being delivered to her home, no doubt to celebrate her 60th

Celebration: Masses of flowers were seen being delivered to her home, no doubt to celebrate her 60th

Liberal MP Nicolle Flint also launched a scathing attack on Magda, saying her tweet represents a ‘double standard’ in the way female politicians are perceived.

‘I cannot believe the appalling personal attacks on Mrs Morrison, especially by Ms Szubanski, a woman who has received one of our nation’s highest honours,’ she said.

‘Ms Szubanski’s completely disrespectful comments are yet another example of the double standards demonstrated towards women on the centre-right of politics.

‘The sisterhood need to stop picking and choosing which sisters to protect; all women deserve to be treated with respect.’

More backlash: Szubanski had also re-tweeted to an image of the Morrison family posing with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, zooming in on Mrs Morrison's hand which showed her forefinger and thumb joined

More backlash: Szubanski had also re-tweeted to an image of the Morrison family posing with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, zooming in on Mrs Morrison’s hand which showed her forefinger and thumb joined

Response: 'Let me be clear...' Szubanski wrote to her followers after the backlash. 'I’m not actually making a disparaging comment about Jenny. I just genuinely thought it was a meme!'

Response: ‘Let me be clear…’ Szubanski wrote to her followers after the backlash. ‘I’m not actually making a disparaging comment about Jenny. I just genuinely thought it was a meme!’ 

Power walk: Szubanski wore blue running trainers and leggings for the outing

Power walk: Szubanski wore blue running trainers and leggings for the outing

Brief stop: She also took a quick walk to a local convenience store

Brief stop: She also took a quick walk to a local convenience store

Off: After eating her meal, Szubanski is believed to have travelled back to her home

Off: After eating her meal, Szubanski is believed to have travelled back to her home

Szubanski had also re-tweeted an image of the Morrison family posing with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, zooming in on Mrs Morrison’s hand which showed her forefinger and thumb joined.

While many understand the symbol to be a benign sign for ‘OK’, darker corners of the Internet allege it’s been appropriated as a way to signify ‘white supremacy’. 

‘What’s this little hand signal thingy??’ Szubanski tweeted.

While her question may have been innocent, it prompted a string of replies questioning if the hand gesture was somehow sinister – which it wasn’t.

Daily Mail Australia is not suggesting Jenny Morrison’s hand gesture was in any way signifying ‘white supremacy’.

On Tuesday afternoon, Szubanski took to her social media platform again to speak out on the backlash against her controversial Handmaid’s Tale post.

‘Let me be clear…’ she wrote, ‘I’m not actually making a disparaging comment about Jenny. I just genuinely thought it was a meme!’

After one follower called her ‘bitter and twisted’, she replied: ‘I know, right?! I’m terrible Muriel. A bitter twisted wreck of a once talented (debatable) funny gal.

‘Sigh. So do yourself a favor and spare yourself the awful spectacle and don’t follow me or read my tweets. Actually, I’ll save you the effort and just block you.’

Response: On Tuesday afternoon, Szubanski took to her social media platform again to speak out on the backlash against her controversial Handmaid’s Tale Tweet

Response: On Tuesday afternoon, Szubanski took to her social media platform again to speak out on the backlash against her controversial Handmaid’s Tale Tweet


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