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Speaking for the first time since her public spat with Scott Morrison, Pamela Anderson admits she wasn't surprised by the PM's lewd comments.
"It's typical of politicians," Anderson said on the Sunday Project.
"It's very Trumpian actually to use a sexist remark to kind of divert from the actual issue, the actual question, so it wasn't shocking."
"I assumed he was doing it on purpose so he could shift the attack to the lewd comments instead of focusing on the issue of Julian, which is most important."
Anderson appeared on the show solo after Morrison declined an invitation to also speak.
Earlier this month, our PM made insensitive remarks about Anderson while on a commercial radio station. "I've had plenty of mates ask me if they can be my special envoy to sort the issue out... um, with Pamela Anderson," he said. The comment came after Anderson called on the prime minister to help Wikileaks founder Julian Assange come back to Australia after more than six years holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
"Defend your friend, get Julian his passport back and take him back to Australia and be proud of him, and throw him a parade when he gets home," she said during an appearance on 60 Minutes earlier in the month. When asked what her thoughts were on the possibility Morrison's comment was actually a compliment, Anderson simply laughed.
"What age are we in?" she asked. "I don't know how to respond to that."
"My career was what it was and it also got me into a lot of doors where I wouldn't have been able to get into so I guess in some regard I've used my image to have a voice and so I can't really complain too much."
In recent years, the former Baywatch star has turned her attention to activism on several fronts, including women's rights and animal welfare. After striking up a friendship with Assange -- or "romantic struggle", as Anderson referred to it-- over their shared interest in activism, and has since campaigned for Australian intervention in his case.
She told The Project she isn't currently able to see or speak with the Wikileaks founder, and called once again on the PM for action.
"It was good to see so many Australians in support of Julian and wanting to bring him home and I think it's just one of the last ways to save him" she said.
"And he's a hero. He's an Australian and people should be very proud and the prime minster has a lot of power and can make it happen."