“Bottom-Feeding, Redneck Scum”: Triple M Cops Backlash Over Australia Day Hottest 100 Rip-Off

“Bottom-Feeding, Redneck Scum”: Triple M Cops Backlash Over Australia Day Hottest 100 Rip-Off

Musicans, a TV channel and even one of its own breakfast hosts are among a chorus of criticism over Triple M’s decision hold its own music countdown comp in place of Triple J’s Hottest 100.

Triple M subscribers were recently notified via email that the Southern Cross Austereo-owned radio network would host its own music countdown competition on Australia Day for “all the songs that define Australian music”, dubbing it the “Ozzest 100”.

The move comes after Triple J bowed to public pressure and moved its annual Hottest 100 radio competition from being hosted on Australia Day.

There had been growing protests that holding the event on the 26th was offensive to Aboriginal people who saw Australia Day as a day of invasion.

And it seems many Aussies are pissed off that Triple M has taken advantage of the Hottest 100’s absence on Australia Day with their own version.

Among those calling out Triple M is ARIA award-winning rapper Adam Briggs, who is part Indigenous hip-hop duo AB Original, and was vocal in calling for Triple J’s Hottest 100 to be moved.

Indigenous TV station NITV also voiced its disapproval of Triple M’s Ozzest 100 via Twitter.

Meanwhile, Triple M breakfast host and comedian Will Anderson (pictured above on the left) was “shocked and disappointed” by the network’s move.

Here’s a selection of other tweets denouncing the Ozzest 100:

However, despite the backlash, Triple M is holding firm on its decision to host the music countdown on Australia Day, with the network’s head of content, Mike Fitzpatrick, issuing the following statement:

“At Triple M, we are avid supporters of Aussie music, and like we do throughout the year and every Australia Day, we will celebrate Aussie artists.”


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