An Ian Roberts Anthony Mundine feud is brewing over comments that Australian boxer Mundine made during an interview with the Daily Telegraph. Mundine compared gay people to pedophiles and said that governments should kill both by hanging. (Ugh.) In response, openly gay former professional rugby player Ian Roberts has basically called Mundine a “fuckwit” and said that comments like his drive LGBTQ people to commit suicide.
Mundine’s comments appeared in an interview with the Daily Telegraph after he left the reality TV competition I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! (sort of like a mix of Survivor and Fear Factor starring D-list celebs). In his full comment, the half-Aborigine and-half British Australian boxer said:
If we were to live in a society, just like in Aboriginal culture, that homosexuality is forbidden and you do it and the consequences are capital punishment or death, you think you are going to do it? Or think twice about doing it?
Because they are pushing these gay rights so much in the Western world, the pedophiles out there want their rights. Now they are going to claim to have rights. They want their rights just like the gay people want their rights.
Mundine also said that the presence of gay characters on TV turns younger viewers gay. “[Gays] are not going to be happy until they have primary school kids being gay,” he said.
Sick of Mundine’s homophobia, Roberts said that LGBTQ media consumers who their own insecurities about being queer will be negatively affected by Mundine’s hateful words, “sitting in silence and not telling anyone else.”
“There are kids in the suburbs killing themselves because of shit like that, because of fuckwits like that,” Roberts said.
Mundine may not realize it, but he’s repeating decades-old lies about the LGBTQ community, lies which inspire others to reject, harm and kill queer people in the name of “protecting children.” Psychologists agree that such anti-LGBTQ stigma and societal rejection drives up rates of mental illness and suicide among LGBTQ youth.