Calls For Kyle Sandilands To Be Sacked Over 'Abhorrent' Comments About The Paralympics
Australian radio host Kyle Sandilands is facing calls to be sacked for making 'abhorrent' comments about the athletes competing at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
The shock jock asked his co-host Jackie Henderson if she had been watching the 'horrific' competition.
He said this morning (September 2): "Have you been watching the special Olympics (sic), it is horrific some of the things.
"I saw some poor bloke who ran for the high jump and veered right because he was blind and landed on his arse, on the ground.
"Then when they were playing soccer, the blind people, I was thinking, are you joking? They're throwing themselves on the ground like sausages to block the ball."
Sandilands said he appreciated the 'spirit of the contest' however rejected the idea that Paralympians work harder than Olympians.
He continued: "You can be nice to handicapped (athletes), but you don't have to compare them to the non-handicapped. You don't have to lift them up to be better than the non-handicapped.
The Paralympic Games and the Special Olympics are two different organisations with different eligibility requirements.
The language used during the segment has come under attack by Greens Senator Jordon Steel.
He's told news.com.au that he found Sandilands' message to be 'abhorrent, ignorant and ableist'.
"He has a long history of espousing hate and these comments are hurtful to disabled people. He needs to pull his head in, and apologise to our athletes and the disability community," he said.
"There is no place for ableism in our community, and these comments are the latest example of why Kyle should be sacked from his broadcasting roles."
Australia is sitting eighth on the Paralympic medal tally with an impressive 60 medals in total. Our athletes have notched 13 gold, 23 silver and 24 bronze medals so far.
China is leading the tally with a whopping 152 meals all up, with 71 gold, 44 silver and 37 bronze.
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