Morons On Radio
Posted by caitlinate on July 29, 2009
I’m not really sure where to start with this one. There’s so little analysis need, it’s just fucked.
The rather odious team of Kyle Sandilands and Jackie Henderson host the 2DayFM radio breakfast show “The Kyle and Jackie O Show” out of Sydney. One on their segments on the show is a lie detector test, publicised on their website as:
“Cheating, drinking, lesbian marriage – we’ve revealed it all as we strap Sydney into the dreaded Lie Detector.”
A brief survey of the website also brings up other segments of, uh, interest. I won’t link to them but there is a photo gallery featuring shots of Sandliands’ wife – Tamara – from a recent Ralph magazine shoot, a segment where they scare their boss with a snake and he “screams like a girl” and a competition for ‘Sydneys smallest man’ where if you show the on-air duo your penis and it’s small they will give you money.
This morning for the well hyped lie detector segment a woman brought her daughter in to interrogate her about her experiences with sex and drugs. Before the interview even started the young woman said to Sandilands:
“I’m scared … it’s not fair.”
The interview should have stopped here. It didn’t.
After some initial questions about skipping school the conversation between the woman and her fourteen year old daughter went something like this:
Woman: Have you had sex?
Child: I’ve already told you the story of this… and don’t smile about this because it’s not funny… I was raped when I was twelve years old.
After a prolonged silence, Sandilands interjected to say:
“Right … And is that the only experience you have had?”
The woman then mentioned she only became aware of the rape “a few months ago”, despite stating earlier she wasn’t completely sure if her daughter engaged in intercourse. Her daughter replied:
“And yet you still asked me the question.”
According to ABC News the New South Wales Rape Crisis Centre manager Karen Willis stated the incident was managed appallingly by radio host Sandilands:
“Firstly he’s ignoring that there’s been a crime, but then calling it a sexual experience and then going ‘oh have you had any others?'”
I want to know why on earth the radio show at any point thought it appropriate to strap a fourteen year old into a polygraph and ask her about sex? It is totally inappropriate for anyone, let alone this ignorant and dimwitted duo, to ask a young woman about her sexual experiences in a situation where she is being forced to answer. It’s indescribably wrong and a fairly enormous invasion of privacy to then broadcast it to however many listeners they have. It’s completely abhorrent to then even try continuing to interview the girl after she’s revealed that she has been sexually assaulted.
The defense seems to be that the mother had requested the questioning. I don’t care. The young woman was clearly uncomfortable and clearly didn’t want to be there. Once this was clear, the interview shouldn’t have gone ahead, regardless of what the mother wished. Strangely enough, I don’t really think that the welfare of the young woman was high on 2DayFM’s list of priorities.
Karen Willis commented further, remarking on the mothers actions:
“I have serious concerns about [the] mum and her behaviour and I’m hoping there has been some sort of report. It sounds like she’s tried to tell [her] mum and she hasn’t taken it seriously. [Rape is] a serious crime that a little girl should not have to experience and, at 12, she is a little girl.”
On the topic of the mother, the Department of Child Services is apparently now getting involved. From The Daily Telegraph:
NSW Community Services spokeswoman Linda Burney said DOCS was seeking to speak with the girl’s mother. She said caseworkers wanted to provide urgent help to the girl to ensure she receives counselling. If police were not alerted at the time of the rape, the spokeswoman said DOCS would inform them now. The Minister’s office today also questioned the appropriateness of the segment for radio.
Further quotes from The Sydney Morning Herald have Burney criticising the segment as:
‘‘…in very poor taste and highly irresponsible… I have listened to the segment and I am appalled at what I’ve heard… it was apparent that the announcers were only interested in shock value and entertainment and weren’t at all concerned about the welfare and wellbeing of a 14 year old.’’
Why, if her daughter had told her she had been raped, did this woman allow her to go on a radio quiz show in which she would be asked about sex? The woman either doesn’t believe or doesn’t care about what her daughter has told her. Talk about neglectful. Who in their right mind forces their kid onto live commercial radio as a responsible parenting method?
You can lodge a complaint here.