A campaign of abuse on social media has erupted following a decision to honour a 78-year-old woman from Dalby on Queensland’s Darling Downs.
The Country Women’s Association announced it would be honouring Margaret Drudge (main picture) with a special award for her prize-winning baking efforts over many years.
A CWA spokesperson said Mrs Drudge was viewed by the association as a worthy recipient of a special honour.
“Margaret has been entering and winning CWA baking contests at local, regional, and statewide agricultural shows for decades,” the spokesperson said.
“She even took out the ‘grand slam’ of winning in the best lamington category at Australia’s top four metropolitan ag shows in 1970.
“The CWA was going to give Margaret a special award to honour her baking achievements but that’s now been the subject of a barrage of criticism and abuse on Twitter and other social media.
“There are people tweeting that she doesn’t deserve the special award because of her past comments about same-sex marriage which we think is a bit unfair because it has nothing to do with her baking skills.”
When contacted by The Bug Mrs Drudge said she was honoured that the CWA would consider giving her the special award, but at the same time she was puzzled and concerned at the strength of the social media backlash the decision had sparked.
“Perhaps I should not have made my original comments supporting same-sex marriage,” she said.