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Adam Hills Apologises After Saying Pauline Hanson Should Be "Hung" From The Sydney Harbour Bridge

The comedian said it was a joke gone wrong, but did not back away from the sentiment.

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Hills made the comment after Hanson appeared on morning television in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, saying that "not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslim”, and calling on the government to close Australia's borders.

On Monday morning Hills issued a lengthy apology on Facebook, claiming it was simply a joke gone wrong and saying he had committed a "mortal sin" on Twitter, "sending a tweet and not being clear about what you mean."

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In the post, Hills said he was surprised by the reaction his tweets had received.

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"In time I have come to realise that the word "hung", although technically not the same as the word "hanged", still puts the same image in people's heads. For that I apologise. I was in no way suggesting Pauline Hanson should be executed," he wrote.

"I do not think Pauline Hanson, or anyone, should be executed, and hanged from any Australian icon, let alone the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I do not condone violence against women. I do not support the shitheads that call themselves ISIS."

But the comedian did not back away from his belief that people who have used the Paris attacks to score political points should be publicly shamed.

"I also do not really think that Pauline Hanson, Andrew Bolt and Donald Trump should be painted blue, white and red respectively, and dangled together from the Bridge while we gather below and sing 'Ca Plane Pour Moi'."

"Here's what I do think: Statements like "Not every Muslim is a terrorist but every terrorist is a Muslim" are divisive, ill-advised, and simply not true. I think that giving air-time to someone of those views is a cynical way to grab attention and ratings. I think the arsewipes that call themselves ISIS are, well, arsewipes, and not representatives of the rest of the Muslim world."

Rob Stott is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

Contact Rob Stott at rob.stott@buzzfeed.com.

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