As Caitlin yesterday noted, Kyle and Jackie O – and, by extension, 2Day FM – have been embroiled in a particularly distasteful “scandal” after a 14-year-old girl they cornered (at the request of her mother) and forced to take a lie-detector test live on radio yesterday revealed she’d been raped at the age of 12 – to which Sandilands’ response was “Right… and is that the only [sexual] experience you’ve had?”
On today’s show – and via the News Ltd stable – Sandilands and Jackie O have responded to the fury that rightly exploded within both the media and broadcasting industry and from rape counsellors, and child psychologists (and, and…). Prepare yourself to be enraged/appalled/mind-blown by Sandilands’ defense of his behaviour on-air (emphasis mine):
“It is just one of [those] things, unfortunately rape happens in society.”
Incredible. Not only has the poor girl had her rape revealed on live radio (and then played and replayed on various media sites) – not to mention being in the “care” of a mother who evidently knew about the rape but did nothing about it, and forced her to discuss her sexual activity and drug use on live radio – but now she has Sandilands essentially shrugging and saying “shit happens”.
No, Kyle, it’s not just “one of those things” – and I dread to think where we’ll end up as a society if people think that “rape happens”. Get this idiot off the air, NOW.
Update: tigtog from over at Hoyden About Town has set up a comprehensive site, Sack Kyle & Jackie O, which offers all the background information you need on the debacle, plus instructions as to how to lodge a complaint – the latter being particularly important, as ACMA won’t formally investigate 2Day FM over the matter unless written complaints are sent to the broadcaster first.
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.
In an interview on Bill Bennett’s radio show this morning, John McCain’s campaign manager Rick Davis made an, er, interesting point about the effect Sarah Palin is having on liberal feminists. Have a listen…
I wonder if it’s really her “good looks” and “happiness” that is driving liberal feminists crazy? I’m taking a wild stab here, but I have a feeling that the problem most feminists have with Palin has less to do with her beauty pageant charm and more to do with her complete incompetence and complete disregard for women’s rights. I know it’s a crazy theory that most of the right wing would dismiss as just another jab from the “liberal gotcha, media”, but I have a feeling I might just be on to something.
If you’ll be in Melbourne on Tuesday 26 August, how about catching a cool movie and raising funds for feminist community radio? “Yeah!” I hear you chorus.
Persepolis is an award-winning animated film based on Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel about growing up against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution. Through the eyes of precocious and outspoken nine-year-old Marjane, we see a people’s hopes dashed as fundamentalists take power — forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. Clever and fearless, she outsmarts the “social guardians” and discovers punk, ABBA and Iron Maiden. Yet when her uncle is senselessly executed and as bombs fall around Tehran in the Iran/Iraq war, the daily fear that permeates life in Iran is palpable.
The movie fundraiser supports Women On The Line, a women’s current affairs program on Melbourne community radio station 3CR. Since 1986, it has featured women’s voices, issues and commentary. The show provides a gender analysis of contemporary issues, as well as in-depth analysis by a range of women around Australia and internationally.
Cinema Nova, Lygon St, Carlton
Tuesday 26 August at 7pm
Tickets are $20.
For bookings or more info, email womenontheline [at] hotmail [dot] com. There’s also a Facebook event for this, because truly the age of over-information is upon us.
From the idiots what brung you the “Hottest Feminist” (prize: a lifetime supply of deodorant, GEDDIT) and the competition to win your girlfriend a breast augmentation comes the latest in a long line of pitiful stunts: Zoo Weekly‘s Search For Australia’s Hottest Radio Babe!
For the past few weeks, you have been letting us know which radio honey raises your aerial by nominating them in our Search for Australia’s Hottest Radio Babe competition. After counting endless nominations we’ve finally arrived at the top 30. Vote for your favourite below and remember you can vote as many times as you like too!
Great, huh?! In typical Zoo style, the “finalists” are just pretty pictures, with nary an interview, “describe yourself in five words” or hyperlink to define them.
Incidentally, it’s good to see 92.9 Perth and Nova Brisbane have already had their female presenters gettheirkits off, presumably in anticipation of this exceptional honour.