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Now Yumi Stynes calls Kerri-Anne Kennerley a ‘COCKROACH’

The Australia Day debate rages on...

The battle between Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Yumi Stynes is still raging on as the sparring women continue to disagree about their ‘Invasion Day’ debate.

On Monday TV veteran Kerri came under fire when she was accused of being racist by Yumi for her comments regarding Australia Day after the pair joined the Studio 10 panel to discuss the Invasion Day protests that took place on Saturday. 

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Kennerley started the segment by calling out the protesters, saying: “OK, the 5,000 people who went through the streets making their points known, saying how inappropriate the day is… has any single one of those people been out to the Outback, where children, babies, five-year-old’s, are being raped?”

This is when Stynes called out Kennerly’s comment and stated that the veteran presenter was coming off as ‘racist’: “That is not even faintly true, Kerri-Anne.” 

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Yumi continued: “You’re sounding quite racist right now.”

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Despite the fact both women say they have discussed the issue following their Studio 10 appearance and there was ‘no bad blood,’ choice words were exchanged on the Kyle and Jackie O show after the KIIS FM hosts called them both on Tuesday morning.

Stynes called Kennerley a ‘cockroach [who] can’t be extinguished’ and said it appeared she hadn’t changed her mind on the issue.

Kyle Sandilands responded by calling Kennerley during an ad break as she sat in her chair on the Studio 10 set.

‘I am still deeply offended with being called a racist, which is completely untrue,’ she said.

‘Debates do get a little heated and I think it crosses the line when somebody calls you a racist because obviously to be the words I stated are fact,’ she said.

‘A racist is somebody who thinks another bunch of people are inferior, which is not what I said.

‘I said there is a lot of abuse with women and children in certain indigenous communities – that is a fact. That is not fiction, it’s a fact.

However, Stynes was quick to dispute Kerri’s argument.

‘You’re saying those people shouldn’t be protesting, that they’re wasting their time when they should be out fighting rape and abuse – you can actually do both things,’ she said.

‘Another thing that you said that was racist, was that Aboriginal people should just “get over it”. 

‘It’s a really, really an insensitive thing to say, and drawing on your own past being the daughter of migrants is a really, really whack comparison, it’s a totally different experience to being disenfranchised the way indigenous people have.’

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