Everyone is talking about controversial radio host Kyle Sandilands again, and this time it’s about some cooked comments about monkeypox.
In July, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly, declared the influx of Monkeypox cases a Communicable Disease Incident of National Significance. As of August 25, there are 106 cases in Australia.
At the time, the show’s breakfast newsreader Brooklyn Ross asked: “What about me? Do I need the Monkeypox vaccine?”
Then, Kyle joked that he “wasn’t letting any gays” near his son before urging Brooklyn to call his partner, Damien, to discuss whether he feared contracting the infection due to his sexuality.
“The Monkeypox, the big gay disease floating around, it’s only the gays getting it,” Kyle said to Damien. “Are you worried about getting it?”
The long-time host questioned if Damien had seen “the big dirty scabs that everyone [who contracts Monkeypox] gets?”
Kyle Sandilands Further Adds to Monkeypox Stigma During Chat with Medical Expert
The Kyle and Jackie O Show‘s medical expert, illusively dubbed Dr KIIS, was also brought in on the discussion.
“I’m putting my life in the gays’ hands as well,” Kyle said after asking the doctor about his risk of contracting Monkeypox should his openly gay colleague come in contact with the virus.
“Comments such as this are not just hurtful, they are also deeply unhelpful,” a spokesperson for the Federation told the publication.
While controversy isn’t unfamiliar for Kyle, his comments are particularly gross considering he positions himself as an ally of the LGBTQIA+ community — particularly gay men, who are said to be most at risk of contracting Monkeypox.
“Right now, thousands of gay and bisexual men are doing the right thing by monitoring for monkeypox symptoms, to look after their health and that of their partners,” the spokesperson continued.
They added that “segments such as [Kyle’s]” moves to “inflame stigma and deters people” from seeking appropriate treatment.
“We would be very happy to provide a private briefing for Mr Sandilands so that he can play a constructive role in the national monkeypox response.”
Kyle Sandilands Speaks Out Against Backlash
The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations’ response to the KIIS FM segment was included as part of Andrew Hornery‘s weekend column.
In a rightfully harsh criticism, he penned: “Sandilands left listeners gobsmacked after making a series of sexist, homophobic, crude and lewd comments, ranging from group sex acts and ‘hairy armed old lesos’ to catching thrush from ‘dirty girls’ and ‘not letting any gays near’ his newborn son for fear of catching monkeypox.
“[He] seemingly achieved the impossible this week by reaching a new low in breakfast FM radio.”
However, taking to the airwaves on August 29, Kyle disregarded the openly gay commentator’s column due to a past write-up about Rebel Wilson.
“All the gays hate [Andrew Hornery], remember, because of the Rebel Wilson Outing,” he said.
“He’s trying to throw the blame onto me because I dared let all the gays know [to] watch out for the Monkeypox.”
Australian Radio Network (ARN) — the broadcasting company behind KIIS FM — also addressed the segment after Kyle’s initial comments.
“Kyle is renowned for his colourful vernacular,” a representative told the Daily Mail Australia.
“We appreciate that those unaccustomed to his expressions may consider the content opinionated, and the range of topics discussed on the show are not to everyone’s taste.”
Not sure about you, but that sounds similar to someone sweeping sh*t under the rug…
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