Radio shock jock Kyle Sandilands has made headlines once again following comments he made on-air about non-binary pronouns.
Sandilands was speaking with co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson and newsreader Brooklyn Ross ahead of an interview with pop star Sam Smith, who last year came out as non-binary.
“I’m sick of this. Why should I have to do this?” he said.
“I’ll now be allowed to use the N-word then, because I identify as a Black woman. Is that right? Is that how it works?”
Jackie O told her co-host”That’s the way it is these days, hun.”
“I’m not buying into the ‘their’. I can’t. It’s too much,” continued Sandilands.
“‘Their an absolute sweetie,’ like there’s two of them,” he said.
Sandilands’s comments have drawn some criticism online.
This guy is as obsolete as Australian Idol. He hasnt been relevant for years. I thought we all collectively agreed as a nation to forget this stupid asshole, and to leave him in the early 2000s where he and his out dated, sexist & racist opinions belong. @KISSFMAustralia
— Maddness (@Maddsturbation) April 21, 2020
Maybe him dressing and living as a black woman would cure his racism!
I'd give him 5 minutes before he caved under the racism they receive.
— Leather Citizen X (@xma1e) April 21, 2020
Misgendering Sam Smith might not cause them physical pain, but this rhetoric is disrespectful and deliberately minimizes their identity. It really doesn’t take much effort to refer to them by their preferred pronouns!
— Jillian Buckley (@JillianBuckley_) April 21, 2020
Despite the conjecture, the interview with Smith did eventually get underway, albeit with no mention of pronouns.
You can see it here.
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