Late last week Kyle Sandilands, a well-known Australian breakfast radio host, made headlines all over the country.
In response to a news article by a female journalist about the unpopularity of his new television show, Sandilands launched into an on-air rant:
Some fat slag on news.com.au has already branded it a disaster. You can tell by reading the article that she just hates us and has always hated us …
… What a fat bitter thing you are. You’re deputy editor of an online thing. You’ve got a nothing job anyway. You’re a piece of shit …
… This low thing, Alison Stephenson, deputy editor of news.com.au online. You’re supposed to be impartial, you little troll …
… You’re a bullshit artist, girl. You should be fired from your job. Your hair’s very ’90s. And your blouse. You haven’t got that much titty to be having that low cut a blouse. Watch your mouth or I’ll hunt you down.
Within days 20,000 people had signed an online petition calling for sponsors of Sandilands’ radio show, and also the radio network on which it appears, to drop their support. So far at least 16 sponsors have pulled out in varying capacities.
Much has been said about this event in opinion columns throughout the weekend, so I will not add to the cacophony.
What I do wish to add however is some thoughts about the underlying misogyny reflected in Sandilands’ comments. Read the rest of this entry