Promoting violence for White Ribbon day
This week radio host Karl Sandilands called a female journalist who had written a piece about his poorly rating TV show a ‘fat slag’, ‘piece of shit’, with ‘not enough titty’ who should ‘watch her mouth’ or he would ‘hunt her down’. The words are distressing enough to read. But hearing him speak his vilifications and threats live to air is even more chilling (Jackie O provides the laugh track):
Sandiland’s on-air attack, in which he spewed forth his intimidation and threats against the News Limited journalist, were perfectly timed for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against women and White Ribbon Day. Sandilands probably hadn’t heard of either. Not that it would have made any difference to his behavior.
How is it that Austereo continues to employ a man who has made a direct threat to a woman (after a long history of disgusting behaviour, recall the 14-year-old rape survivor and the lie detector test). What more does Sandilands have to do to lose his positions with 2DayFM and Fox, which provide him platforms of significant influence?
Here’s what I said on Melbourne’s 3AW yesterday afternoon. (click on image)
Yesterday Holden announced it would no longer sponsor the program. Vodaphone pulled some ads. Then the Good Guys recognised Sandilands wasn’t one and dropped its sponsorship. This morning Blackmores also decided threats against women weren’t consistent with its corporate values and pulled the plug on the show as well. Mazda and Telstra also pulled advertising today.
But other sponsors appear to be holding out. Fantastic Furniture appears to think Kyle is fantastic. Adrenaline gets a rush whenever it hears his voice. And has there ever been a greater mismatch in the history of corporate sponsorship than the Aeroplane Jelly and Kylie Sandilands love in?
Our fellow activists over at Change.org have launched a petition to pressure the remaining sponsors to think again. In the meantime we at Collective Shout will be boycotting them. Please sign and circulate the petition here.
See also: Don’t blame Sandilands – blame those who fill his pockets as posted on The Age/National Times.