Host Ron Wilson and Mardi Gras Co-Chair Pete Urmson were discussing the Australian mega-event akin to an American National Gay Pride celebration on Australia’s Ten Network, and all was fine and dandy. That is, until Wilson broke out the haterade and poured himself a nice, big glass while on the air.
“Given that you’re really looking for an acceptance for an alternative lifestyle, if I can use that expression in the circumstance here [Editor: Um, no you can’t.] to get the rest of the community to accept it yet on the night there at Mardi Gras some of the spectacles you’re seeing, I’m assuming would even make you cringe. It becomes an exploitation almost of a sexual image rather than trying to explore the diversity of lifestyle.”
Eh. So far, Wilson comes across as slightly jerky, but maybe he’s just exercising antiquated journalism school techniques. We’re still willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
But when Urmson counters that the gay community is colorful, and is rudely interrupted, the shit hits the fan.
Wilson interjects, “With respect, there’s a difference between colorful and disgusting.” The beef goes down at the 2:25 mark.
Hold up! Oh no you didn’t! Australian human rights activist Gary Burns immediately filed a formal anti-, discrimination complaint against the television talking head, citing “Ron Wilson referring to homosexual people as ‘disgusting’ via a public act (in this case, television) breaches the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act. The Mardi Gras may not be everyone’s cup of tea but surely diversity on a night like this is acceptable.”
Amen. Get off the air if you can’t keep your bigoted prejudices to yourself. Jerk.
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