Footy Show implied gay people are faulty, tribunal told

Updated Wed May 19, 2010 12:14pm AEST

A gay activist has told a Sydney tribunal hearing that a skit on Channel Nine‘s Footy Show vilified homosexuals by implying they are faulty.

Gary Burns is giving evidence at the Administrative Decisions Tribunal which is looking at the skit that aired on Channel Nine’s Footy Show in May last year.

At the time, Matthew Johns was the star of the show.

The skit was a mock documentary where the Johns brothers joked about having a third brother, Elton Johns, who was gay.

It featured a scene where their father took his gay son back to hospital saying, “I want to return this, it’s faulty.”

Gay activist Gary Burns says the skit incites violence against homosexuals.

He argues the joke revolves around a father rejecting his son because he is gay.

But Mr Burns says it is no laughing matter, referring to statistics that show gay teenagers are six times more likely to commit self-harm than their heterosexual counterparts

The hearing continues.

Tags: arts-and-entertainment, television, community-and-society, gays-and-lesbians, law-crime-and-justice, courts-and-trials, australia, nsw, sydney-2000

First posted Wed May 19, 2010 12:03pm AEST – ABC

Author: Garry Burns

Gary Burns is an Australian anti-discrimination campaigner. He successfully tested the homosexual vilification provisions of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 with a complaint of personal homosexual vilification against broadcaster John Laws and Sydney radio station 2UE that concluded in his favour in 2002.[1] Burns went on to front public interest cases against high profile figures and media establishments for unlawful homosexual vilification.

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