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The Sandilands Exodus Continues

Posted: November 25th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Cult of Celebrity, Culture, Indeep Media, That Human Condition, They Said What? | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Sandilands Exodus Continues

It seems even an exodus of money won’t quiet Kyle Sandilands? The enormous mouth of the kiwi radio personality has churned out some rubbish in it’s time. Sandilands was pulled from the air more than once in 2009 after one bad taste stunt turned into several absolutely shameful acts:  “Magda Szubanski would lose more weight in a concentration camp” and then of course there was the moral high Sandilands reached when a 14 year old girl who he’d had hooked up to a lie detector revealed she was raped when she was 12. Sandilands’ latest on-air rant against journalist Alison Stephenson will not likely get him permanently removed from any form of lens or microphone? It will cost Austero a pretty penny though!

On-air, Sandilands branded Ms Stephenson “a fat bitter thing”, a “fat slag” and a “little troll” after she wrote an article critical of his Seven Network TV show A Night With The Stars. Sandilands threatened to “hunt down” the news.com.au journalist.

While it’s little surprise that more high-profile companies are pulling advertising dollars from the Austereo network’s Kyle and Jackie O Show, it will however be a major surprise if Austereo’s lackluster management does much more than it’s usual 2 week suspension of the tiresome Sandilands. Having someone with moral fortitude or talent  has never been a focus for Austereo, a shock jock without a thought, seems to be the future of inane radio.

Even as the dollars exodus continues, it’s unlikely we’ll ever be rid of the ranting Sandilands, the math is pretty simple, his shock sells!

So what exactly did Ms Stephenson pen?

“Video killed the radio star and shock jocks Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O may be the latest airwave talent to fall victim to the small screen,” Stephenson wrote, reporting that many Twitter users had not liked the show.

The day after Ms Stephenson posted her article, Sandilands launched into the now noteworthy rant, venting all of his displeasure at what looked like a pretty realistic review?

“Some fat slag on the Telegraph website, sorry, news.com.au, has already branded it a disaster,” he opined. “You can tell by reading the article she just hates us. What a fat bitter thing you are. You’ve got a nothing job anyway. You’re a piece of shit.”

“You’re supposed to be impartial, you little troll,” he said moments later. “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.”

American Express, Ford Australia and Lexus have withdrawn their sponsorship from the show. Mobile device maker RIM – BlackBerry – has removed ALL advertising from the network. In a statement posted on RIM’s Facebook page, the company said:

“Research in Motion and BlackBerry in no way support the comments made by Kyle Sandilands and have thus made the decision to pull all current support from Austereo until further notice” 

Supermarket behemoth Coles has announced via Twitter that it is withdrawing advertising from Austereo’s Take40 Australia program, which is also hosted by Sandilands.

“Coles wld like to advise we have withdrawn all advertising scheduled 4 Take 40 Show” 

So far, some 16 companies have now joined the exodus, including Target, Holiday Inn, Volkswagen, Telstra, Harvey Norman, Fantastic Furniture, Blackmores and Crazy John’s. An online petition demanding that sponsors pull out of the show has almost 20,000 signatures. Just to repeat the unthinkable: Sandilands branded Stephenson “a fat bitter thing”, a “fat slag” and a “little troll” Remember, Stephenson simply wrote an article critical of his Seven Network TV show ‘A Night With The Stars

Your hair’s very 90s. And your blouse … Change your image girl and watch your mouth, or I’ll hunt you down” said Sandilands

Sandilands has since apologised to Ms Stephenson but in usual sidestep fashion,  used the free speech defence to justify his rant.

“We live in a country of free speech. You’re allowed to say what you want and so am I,” he told listeners of The Kyle and Jackie O Show yesterday.

Clearly Broadcasting’s Governing Body ACMA has guidelines on gaffs like this . . . 

  • Avoid expressions that infer that a person is inferior because she is a woman, or that men have exclusivity.
  • Avoid the use of overt sexual references in relation to a woman’s physical characteristics which have no relevance to the issue under discussion.
  • Do not broadcast material which condones or incites violence against women.

The guidelines are pretty watery, however, the broadcasting watchdog does have specific guidelines on the portrayal of women by broadcasters. The Australian Communication and Media Authority’s guidelines say that broadcasters should “ensure that reporting and ‘on-air’ discussions respect the dignity of women and are non-exploitative”. The ACMA also says that broadcasters should “Avoid the use of overt sexual references in relation to a woman’s physical characteristics which have no relevance to the issue under discussion”. Sandilands has said he will continue to attack anyone who criticises him.

related articles:

kyle sandilands returns: news.com
concentration camp: smh.com.au
sandilands on 12 year old girls  rape: abc.net.au
sandilands returns to tv:  smh.com.au
ben eltham on sandilands: abc.net.au 


boycott:  news.com 

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