ABC youth broadcaster triple j has responded to claims from former host Gen Fricker, which detailed a “problematic” culture and racial misconduct in the office.
In a six-minute video posted to Instagram, Fricker gave multiple examples of colleagues failing to call out racist behaviour.
“The difference between being not racist and anti-racist is calling out that shit. And I say it all the time,” she said.
“But I don’t think you realise how lonely it was to be one of two brown people in those rooms, having to explain why maybe a white woman singing a language with no black people was a bit fucking problematic.”
Fricker also urged the broadcaster to “stop trading off as a progressive brand because it’s not real”.
triple j has since responded to the claims.
“Our team values are equality and diversity, and we have ABC-wide workplace guidelines and policies and we regularly discuss, at every level, our approach to making our workplace as inclusive as possible,” a spokesperson told Radio Today.
“Triple j’s proud of its culture and the ways we amplify diverse voices, music and issues on our airwaves, but like a lot of organisations, we can always do better.”
Following triple j’s response, Fricker has again hit out at the broadcaster.
“Yeah. No shit. How about culling the racists from your management team? Or literally doing anything at all?” she said on an Instagram story.
“Now watch as a bunch of old white dudes who want to keep their jobs investigate own racism and come to the conclusion that it’s fine, nothing to worry about, all good, just a bit of fun.”
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