Nine’s Sam Newman has apologised following comments about Caitlyn Jenner he made last night during The Footy Show.
The comments came after his likeness was morphed into a Jenner-lookalike. When asked by Billy Brownless if he knew who Caitlyn Jenner was, Newman replied:
“I know who he … it is.
“Oh well what is she? Is it a he or a she. Is it transgender, is it?”
Today his remarks were slammed, at a time when the AFL has been working towards inclusion for LGBTI fans.
St. Kilda Football Club also said comedy at the expense of transgender people was “no joke” and conveyed their disappointment to Nine.
Sally Goldner, the executive director of Transgender Victoria told The Guardian, “Given the number of times he’s made comments about women and now trans people, how many chances does he get?” Goldner said.
“If he can’t take responsibility for himself, he has to face the consequences.”
Today Newman apologised for his comments.
“I regret the comments I made about Caitlyn Jenner. What I said was not appropriate and I’m sorry to anyone offended,” he said briefly.
His comments are the latest in a string of misdemeanours, notably against journalist Caroline Wilson, some of which have attracted ACMA attention and sponsor criticism.
But producers also need to lift their game.
Putting a mock image of Newman in female clothing is as good as baiting their talent when they know his form, and undermines any inclusion Rebecca Maddern has brought to the show.
— Angie Greene (@Ange_Greene) June 21, 2017