AUSTRALIA: Tennis Legend Margaret Court Launches Qantas Boycott Over Same-Sex Marriage Advocacy reports:

Former tennis great and now Christian pastor Margaret Court says she will stop using Qantas “where possible” in protest over the Australian airline’s promotion of same-sex marriage. “I am disappointed that Qantas has become an active promoter for same-sex marriage,” Perth resident Court said in the letter published in The West Australian newspaper.

“I believe in marriage as a union between a man and a woman as stated in the Bible. Your statement leaves me no option but to use other airlines where possible for my extensive traveling.”

Serena Williams’ 23 Grand Slam singles titles are a record for the Open era, which began in 1968 β€” she broke a tie with Steffi Graf at this year’s Australian Open. Only one player has won more: Court, who claimed part of her 24 during the amateur era.

Earlier this month the openly gay CEO of Qantas had a pie thrown in his face by an anti-gay Christian activist.

  • matrem

    What a closet case.

    • FAEN

      Yep-she’s always pinged to me.

  • watchthewingnuts

    And i’m sure that Qantas really gives a rat’s ass about one shriveled up has-been tennis star not flying with them any more.

  • bkmn
  • David Walker

    I’m sure your business will be missed.

  • Jonathan Smith
  • Tom G

    Here’s a battle she should know she can’t win. Now GFY (“where possible”).

  • another_steve

    Hey… I’m impressed that she’s calling it “same-sex marriage.”

    Most theofascists call it “gay marriage.”

  • Sam_Handwich
  • TheManicMechanic

    Shut up, Jesuscunt.

  • bobbyjoe

    There’ve been multiple documentaries about Billie Jean King. The last one I remember about Margaret Court was… oh, that’s right… never.

    • Reality.Bites

      Well she lost to Bobby Riggs

      • FAEN

        Yep-she fucking curtsied and then proceeded to get thrashed. The Mothers Day Masacre as it’s known.

    • Zollergasse

      Margaret Court record was skewed because 11 of those 24 Grand Slam titles came at the Australian Open during the years when most of the main competition could not be bothered to fly all the way Down Under. In contrast EVERYONE played Wimbledon and the Jesus-loving Court could only manage to win that title 3 times (compared to the record 9 wins by that evil lesbian Navratilova).

      • FAEN

        Thank you.

  • Leo

    Well aware of this given my grandma who’s obsessed with tennis. Whatever – Court’s not looked at with reverence in Australia anymore anyways. Hope Serena beats the record.

    • FAEN

      Still pisses me off that GLBT players have to play on Margret Court Arena at the Aussie Open.

    • Christopher Smith

      No. Kunt has been a laughingstock in Oz for years–they don’t tolerate raving homophobes the way amurriKKKa does.

  • skyweaver

    It’s over, haters

  • netxtown

    Who knew Anita had an Aussie hussie cousin?

  • Blake Mason

    I am sure it stings that Serena will eventually tie of move past her record.

  • JWC

    We all know what a crusaders boycott acheives check our Ford Target and what ever else

    • Silver Badger

      Don’t forget Disney!

      • JWC

        quite sure the list of failed boycotts goes on and on back to orange juice

        • Silver Badger

          You bet! Disney was and is their biggest boycott flop.

  • FAEN

    As a tennis fanatic I have been disgusted by Court for years. In 1990 a day after Martina Navratilova,the GOAT IMHO,won her record breaking 9th Wimbledon singles title Court called her a bad role model because she’s a lesbian. I was done with her then and I wish the tennis establishment would make it clear they don’t condone this behavior.

    I love the game but I have to acknowledge that it isn’t as open as I would like it to be. There isn’t ONE openly gay male player. I know they’re there but clearly they don’t feel comfortable enough to be out. Is it a sponsor issue? Could be. Is it a player issue? Could be. Is it a combination? Probably. Whatever the issue this has to change.

  • WitlessProtection

    You know what? It is right to believe whatever the hell you want. What is NOT your right is to try and force that belief onto everyone else. Case fucking closed.

  • Gustav2

    Really dear, if your gawd had wanted you to fly, he would have given you a broomstick.

  • 2patricius2

    Margaret, like Caitlyn, was a great athlete. But both are a bit clueless.

    • Christopher Smith

      Actually, KUNT was not. She won all those Aussie Opens with TOKEN opposition at best because in those days NO ONE BOTHERED WITH OZ.

  • Pollos Hermanos
  • Ben in Oakland

    She’ll not use quantas “wherever possible.” That is a loophole you could drive a very large cathedral through. Like if we’re talking about money or convenience.

  • Sam_Handwich

    look what else your fucking bible says:

    “I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.”

    • Moderate Liberal

      My personal favorite passage of that little book

      • kaydenpat

        But why though?

      • ted-

        The holy babble?

    • kaydenpat

      They pick and choose, don’t they?

      • bambinoitaliano

        She committed too much sins in her lifetime, now she is trying to bump up her credits for the entrance fees to heaven before her time runs out.

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  • Luther Kreiger

    Oh no, don’t let word of this get to the christopaths on this side of the pond, their fantasy narrative of sweet, innocent christians being trampled under the unrelenting power and money of “big gay” might not survive!

    Hah, who am I kidding? Cognitive dissonance never stopped them before.

  • zhera

    Aww. Snowflake.

  • Christopher Street

    Slow news day?

    • Not even. Joe throws us these ones because they’re not-Trump and because it’s LGBT related.

    • barrixines

      It’s a relief to laugh at some cardboard baddies for five minutes.

  • Marriage as stated in the Bible:
    1. It was a transaction between a man and a woman or girl’s father or other male relative
    2. Women were literally property; the Ten Commandments makes that clear, lumping wives in along with slaves, farm animals, and other property
    3. Although it has been more recently interpreted as promoting monogamy, the Bible itself really gives every appearance of permitting polygamy; only priests were specifically enjoined from having more than one wife, and again, that only came later
    4. Why is she speaking in public? The Bible makes it clear that’s her owner’s husband’s job.

    • another_steve

      The institution of marriage was established largely as a method for subduing and controling women. Women being legally tied to men is a way of making sure those men have 24/7 sex partners. In theory.

      The only reason my man and I pursued a marriage certificate was to protect each other legally and to avail ourselves of the financial goodies that come with marriage.

      Aside from that, the institution of “marriage” can go fuck itself.

    • Jeffrey

      More cafeteria Christianity. Woman mouths off about Bible without realizing her bible tells her to STFU.

    • Steverino

      Funny how the christers bible-troll only LGBT people when it comes to marriage.

    • Amanda B. Rekendwith
      …and a pack of raped whores!!
      …try getting a Hallmark card for that!!
      Betty is brilliant.

  • Lars Littlefield

    How embarrassing. My first tennis racket was a Margaret Court racket. It was the only brand that came in sizes appropriate for 8 year-olds of both sexes. I currently use it as a spaghetti strainer. But now I’m going to burn it. I’ll start some dry sage on fire, say some spooky stuff no one can understand, and burn the fucking thing!

  • I’m sure Qantas is really, really, scared about this development.


  • Sam_Handwich

    not sure about the particulars yet, but..

    • Sam_Handwich

      looks like the bulk of the injunction was upheld:

      • reading that made me all tingly down there.
        not really, but it does make me really freaking excited!
        45 is gonna be pissed!

        • PickyPecker

          Hope it ruins his amazing, terrific, bigly trip.

          • Tawreos

            I thought he already ruined it by being on the trip?

      • The_Wretched

        It’s amazing how readable legal opinions are when the writer is making reality based arguments. They go to hell and torture language when what they want to justify is batshit (looking at you Hobby Lobby & Citizens United).

  • barrixines

    Anti gay lady tennis player? What next – homophobic air stewards?

  • Moderate Liberal

    aka Target boycott V2.0, good luck….. πŸ˜‰

  • MikeBx2

    Qantas response should be that they appreciate her giving up her seats in advance on their always full flights.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    American singer Ryan Adams, who is playing at the arena on Friday, tweeted: “Hey Margaret Court, a PAGAN who STRONGLY SUPPORTS marriage equality (get a prenup tho) will play the arena named for you tomorrow.”

  • Lazycrockett


  • Rex

    How miserable must you be to want to make other’s seeking happiness miserable too?

  • PickyPecker
    • m_lp_ql_m

      And Allah knows they really need to go on a diet.

    • Jonathan Smith

      oh, i see you’ve never met my husband. totally validates that argument…..


    • Steverino

      Malignant narcissism is like that.

  • Guest

    Hey Margaret go blow it out yer ass.

  • m_lp_ql_m

    What is it with these xians? “Former , now xian loud mouth…” Like their religion precludes anything else?

  • RJ Tremor

    More reason to support Serena than there already is.

  • JCF

    BREAKING: the FOURTH (nevermind the 9th) US Court of Appeals UPHOLDS BLOCK on Drumpf’s Travel Ban!

    • JCF

      And this means it will be months, IF EVER, that SCOTUS could review (and overturn) it!

      • Lazycrockett

        Looks like the fall at the earliest.

      • Nic Peterson

        Could coincide with the impeachment trial. Fingers crossed.

        • bkmn

          Impeachment will take Roberts away so the Court business may have to wait. The CJ presides over the impeachment trial in the Senate.

    • Rebecca Gardner

      This is wonderful news. So far 1 of our 3 branches of Government is still working and will hopefully keep us safe.

      • FAEN

        It isn’t keeping immigrants safe unfortunately.

    • I’m so freaking tired…all this winning is EXHAUSTING!!!

    • kaydenpat

      Good. Now Trump can throw another fit.

    • TJay229

      Love the gif

      • JCF

        Thanks, it’s one of my faves [I call it “1920’s Applause”: I think it’s from a movie?]

    • Mark


  • AtticusP

    β€œI believe in marriage as a union between a man and a woman as stated in the Bible.”

    Then don’t marry another woman.

    And I thought you were already dead.

    Pity I was wrong.

    • Ross


      “I believe in marriage as a union between a man and a woman as stated in the Bible.”

      And why should your personal beliefs stop me from marrying a man I love?

      And why should your personal beliefs have anything to do with my life?

      And why should your personal beliefs, based on a fairy tale book, have any relation to anything?

      Oh, and Margaret, dear, the Bible does NOT say that marriage is between a man and woman.

      • Silver Badger

        Many bibles have several blank pages. This is so you can write in the sections god missed or simply forgot about.

        • castaway

          Or to roll a big fat one, or so my roommate used to do when he ran out of rolling papers.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Treant

      That show looks hysterical…like what Friends should have been and would have been if American television weren’t huge on cruelty and snark.

      • Lazycrockett

        Not only is it the best queer show Ive ever seen, its one of the best comedy’s show I have ever seen. Its beautiful from start to finish.

        • Oh’behr in Minnesota

          I’m hooked. Now I’ll see where I can watch it. Or get the DVDs.

  • seant426

    Fuck you, you old bag. So glad your generation is doing one thing: dying.

  • RichW

    She’s going to have quite a bit of trouble flying in her homeland. The other major carrier, Virgin Australia, is a big supporter of same-sex marriage, as well. See: Too bad for her, eh?

    • well, if she can’t fly…
      that’s just too fucking bad.

      • Paula

        She can always ride her brooom.

    • Steverino

      If God had meant for humans to fly, he would have given us wings!!!!1!!1!

    • prixator

      Did you not notice how she couched the travel boycott by saying she will do it “where possible”? No one *has* to fly anywhere, so her “boycott” is just lip service to her fake religious “values”.

  • Jeffrey

    Does this dumb twat realize that the CEO of Qantas is gay?

  • PickyPecker
  • kaydenpat

    Sad that this is what she feels is important enough to come out of retirement for.

  • Ninja0980

    Doesn’t her Bible say women are supposed to shut the fuck up?
    If so, now would be the time to do it.

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • Ross

      Amen. Amen, baby.

    • The_Wretched

      Noone has a right to have everyone else follow their religion.

    • Steverino


  • Nic Peterson

    Who is this woman?

    • Jeffrey

      She is the Norma Desmond of tennis and she’s ready for her close up.

    • TimCA

      Who was this woman?

      The 1970s called. They want their tennis stars back.

    • worstcultever

      She’s always been an asshole. Also got beat by old hustler Bobby Riggs in her heyday (who knows if she threw the match), which required Billie Jean King to then step in and kick his ass in the famous Battle of the Sexes match (’73 I believe).

      Anyway, Court’s always been an asshole. How unsurprising she ended up a Jesus grifter.

      • Christopher Smith

        Are you kidding? KUNT couldn’t have beat Riggs with him hogtied. She only beat women because she was a hulk.

  • PickyPecker
  • Natty Enquirer

    There is no fool like an old fool.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • AJD

    The Australian Anita Bryant.

    • agcons

      Needs more cherry pie.

  • MBear

    Someone go take a poop on her lawn!

    • grada3784

      This is a job for Triumph, the Insult Dog.

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    The world must be so awful for Court and her ilk. Judging by the appearance of things, she won’t have to worry about it much longer. Also: If the option is this silly cow or these hotties is there really any question?

  • Rebecca Gardner

    So this is interesting. I wanted to check out her Victoria Life Centere and received this message.

  • Piernudo15

    I hope Serena returns to the tour after she has her baby and breaks Court’s record. As a longtime tennis fan and former player, i believe that serena, graf and navratilova are/were better players than court.

    • FAEN

      Navratilova won her last Grand Slam title at 49 years 11 months!! I doubt that will ever be broken.

  • Paula

    Damnit, those people are living their lives how they want and not how I think they should live their lives. How dare they enjoy themselves!
    Same shit, different day.

    • Steverino

      Group narcissism is like that. Also, see: tribalism, nationalism, racism, xenophobia, etc. etc.

  • Ninja0980

    My mom is a HUGE tennis junkie and rarely swears but when it comes to Margaret Court, hoo boy.
    Let me just say if all moms were like her the bigots wouldn’t even think of passing anti LGBT laws.

    • Christopher Smith

      Tennis junkie here, and I refer to her exclusively as Margaret KUNT. Sorry, Joe, but that’s her name.

  • Blake J Butler
  • j.martindale

    Is she still miffed that the girls in the locker room never gave her a second glance?

    • Christopher Smith

      Too ugly, too horsey, too stoopit. You got it.

  • TimCA

    Instead of flying perhaps she can now travel in horse and buggy. It’s a mode of transport that would comport more with her antiquated social views.

    • billbear1961

      Hello, Tim!

      • TimCA

        Hugs! πŸ™‚

        • billbear1961



    • Steverino

      If riding dinosaurs was good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for her.

      • grada3784

        Dino Jesus came to town,
        riding on a raptor.

  • KnownDonorDad

    But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
    -1 Timothy 2:12

    Be quiet, Margaret.

    • grada3784

      So what you’re saying is that she cherry picks the Bible.

      • KnownDonorDad

        *points to nose, nods*

  • FAEN
  • Tempus Fuggit

    Oh, noez! I’m sure Qantas are quaking in fear of the great big dent the loss of some of this bleating harridan’s “extensive” travel dollars will make in their revenues.

  • JaniceInToronto

    NEWSFLASH! Bigoted old woman hates on LGBT people.

    Vows to walk all the way to Europe to protest.

  • billbear1961

    “I believe–I believe! And therefore I have the RIGHT to rule other people’s LIVES with MY beliefs!!”

    Tell me, “pastor”–should parents be allowed to put unruly children to DEATH? Do slaves owe their masters obedience?! Because that horrendous SHIT is in your “holy” book, too! And the horrors don’t stop there, you goddamned, sanctimonious, two-faced BARBARIAN.

    The High Court of little Taiwan–in an ELEVEN to 2 ruling–has STOOD UP for EQUAL protection, which is more than the goddamned COWARDLY courts of Australia have done!!

  • infmom

    Psssst, Margaret, tennis isn’t mentioned in the Bible.

    • prixator

      Neither are airplanes.

  • Michael

    These people are so full of shit with their “Biblical morality” seeing most of them are on their 2nd or later marriage and thus are breaking one of the Top Ten rules.

  • TJay229

    Another Failed boycott. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • worstcultever

    Women’s tennis in the 70s was about so much more than tennis – it was Billie Jean busting down the money barriers, Martina defecting and coming out and turning into a powerhouse (and having some of the most epic court battles ever with her friend Chris Evert), Billie Jean being forced out of the closet, other great & interesting champs like Evonne Goolagong – the whole women’s tennis scene was a thrilling nutshell of women’s and gay rights.

    Amidst all that excitement, Margaret Court, though a damn good player, was a bore. Still is.

  • Will Parkinson

    I believe a woman’s place is in the home. Get thee hence.

    • Stev84

      The Bible agrees with you.

  • Palto

    When this old prune dies hopefully soon, can someone shove an old tennis ball in her mouth like a stuffed pig?

  • Tread

    Buh-bye. Qantas would like to thank you for taking your business somewhere else.

  • Sorry, Margaret, but the Bible – starting at Genesis is:
    -one man and many wives
    -one man, many wives and concubines.

  • edrex

    just curious: do aussies use the word “slag?”

  • David in Palm Springs

    How many times do we have to keep telling these theocratic assholes that CIVIL marriage has nothing to do with religion or the Bible. Which part of “non-religious couples get married at city hall EVERY… SINGLE… DAY… and you clearly couldn’t care less” do you not understand! Stop using religion to justify your bigotry.

    • Ninja0980

      My one friend and her husband just had their wedding at the beach.
      No church, no pastor, no nothing.
      Just a friend that read poems they wrote.
      Religion has nothing to do with marriage, period.

    • The Milkman

      You can’t reason someone out of a position they didn’t reason themselves into.

  • Taylor

    “where possible”

    Nothing like showing the courage of your convictions.

    It’s a bit like saying, “I’m on a diet and I won’t eat that cookie…. unless I happen to be hungry.”

  • bambinoitaliano

    Good luck taking the regional airlines.

  • Al Kaseltzer

    Bitch needs to pull the stick out of her didgeridoo.

  • Robert Adams

    You say, “I believe in marriage as a union between a man and a woman as stated in the Bible.”

    I say, “I know that is a stupid idea”.

    One of us is correct, because one of us somehow missed the fact that King Solomon’s marriage was a union between a man and 700 women.

  • Jacob

    So glad she lived long enough to see the world change and feel the humiliation and loss of staus caused by her bigotry.

  • Margaret Court’s one of the greatest tennis players of all-time, male or female.

    But just because she’s an all-time great doesn’t make her political opinions on LGBT+ and same-sex rights any less backwards.

    • Christopher Smith

      Nope. Not even top five. KUNT was and is vastly overrated. Evert, Navratilova, King, Williams (probably both), Hingis, Graf, Seles all INFINITELY greater, to name only the first and most obvious.

  • PR

    Good it will be nice to travel with less bigots on the plane.

  • JT

    It’s too bad you’re debasing your reputation with this nonsense. After battling oppression yourself, you might have enough experience and sense not to cherrypick from a book that could be used against you in the same way.

  • JCF

    Court is out of order.

  • Ernest Endevor

    Yes, well I will no longer watch tennis. Unless it’s the men’s singles.

  • Mike

    The bible also endorses slavery. It’s a shitty, nasty collection of horror stories. Only hypocrites pretend to run their lives according to the bible. For example, I assume that this wombat hasn’t stoned anyone to death for wearing a blended fabric. I hope not, anyway.

  • Canadian Observer

    Here’s hoping that she decides to boycott the infernal combustion engine as well and voluntarily confines herself to Perth till she shuffles off this mortal coil (BTW is there anyplace as far away “from anywhere else” as Perth?). Of course I can’t say this without extending my condolences to the rest of the population of Perth… from chatting with some of them on the interwebs they tend to be a very humourous lot…

  • mikeinftl

    Use your broom you witch.

  • And Qantas frequent flyers all breathe a sigh of relief knowing they won’t be sitting next to a bigot that would rather fly on a second-rate air carrier instead.

  • zeroagent

    Simple solution…if she doesn’t want anything to do with LGBTQ….Rename the Margaret Court Arena to something more apropos…

    May I suggest PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Arena?πŸ˜‰πŸ‘ πŸ‘’πŸ’„πŸŽΎ? It pays homage to Australia, it’s cheeky, balls are still involved, and they can play ABBA between changeovers! Win-win!

    • FAEN

      There are rumblings being heard that they want to change it to Evonne Goolagong Arena. Hope that happens. It’s appalling that players, specially LGBT players, have to set foot on that court much less play a match.

  • Mickey Bitsko

    As a tennis fan I can attest that Court has been a prissy Xtian arse for a very long time.

    • Christopher Smith

      KUNT was always an Xtofascist bitch. Very unpopular with fellow players.

  • No More GOP.

    I think I might like her… as compost.

  • popebuck1

    Even Bobby Riggs beat you, lady. BOBBY RIGGS.

  • leastyebejudged
  • Mark

    Why do JMG readers have such a hard time staying on topic in the comments section? Am I the only person who finds it annoying?

    Joe: “Tennis Legend Margaret Court Launches Qantas Boycott…”
    JMG Reader: “Here’s a picture of my dog!”

  • RLK2

    Idiotic old woman. Spam her!

  • 1amgroot

    If she boycotts Qantas she will be severely limiting her travels out of Australia. There aren’t too many choices.

    • The New Paige Turnerβ„’

      It’s more of a hit for her domestically. There are really only 2 airlines and the other (Virgin Aus) is also pro marriage equality.

      She will be able to leave the country but will have zero way of getting around internally.

      Maybe she can take a United flight? SYD-SFO is daily. She should go.

  • fuzzybits

    “Where possible.” Which means she’s full of crap.

  • Christopher Smith

    Ah, Margaret KUNT. (Sorry, Joe, it’s her real name in every way.)
    Ugly old Christofascist horse who has been overrated her entire life, won most of her Aus Opens against token and nothing opposition which artificially inflated her ‘win’ statistics, and of course took up grifting for JAHAYZUSS as soon as she dragged her hideous ass off the tennis court for the last time. Of course, this is all to promote her rag of an ‘autobiography’–they had to get her in the ‘news’ somehow

  • argeejay

    Hey Maggie…..Bobby Riggs wants to have a “word” with you………

  • Puck

    She will not use them if there are other airlines? It is all or nothing! Typical christian, pick and choose what you want when it is convenient!!!

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