‘Fatty’ supports online gay campaign

fattyNRL Footy Show host Paul ‘Fatty’ Vautin is one of several celebrities to lend his name to a campaign encouraging more inclusion of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and the transgender community.

This Is Oz is an online campaign to demonstrate public support for GLBT acceptance and invites both identities and general public to contribute comment, images and further awareness of its message.

So far other television names on the site include Lynne McGranger, Jordan Rodrigues, Charlotte Best, Tessa James and Esther Anderson (all from Home & Away), SBS’ Anton Enus, Virginia Gay, Rhys Bobridge, Julie McCrossin, Jessica Tovey and Ruby Rose.

Vautin’s inclusion in the campaign follows a complaint to the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board by gay rights activist Gary Burns who criticised a Footy Show sketch in May in which Matthew Johns played a character named “Elton Johns”. In the sketch, “Elton” is taken to hospital for being gay, with brother Andrew saying “I’m so ashamed of him”.

Burns said he would withdraw the complaint if an apology was issued, including a segment on The Footy Show “explaining the dangers and ramifications of homosexual vilification and the reasons why it is wrong.” Within weeks  local Rugby Union team the Sydney Convicts appeared on the show explaining to Vautin why the sketch was offensive.

But Burns has, who took John Laws and Steve Price to the ASB, has since described the appearance by the Convicts as abetting Nine in its apology.

“The Convicts have impinged upon my delivering a remedy of “public interest” dimension for the gay community because the Nine Network will now say at my conciliation hearing [that] a remedy has been delivered by the appearance of the Convicts gay rugby team on the Footy Show,” he wrote in a letter to MCV newspaper.

“I question the timing and the reasons for the Convicts deciding to appear on the Footy Show while my complaint was still under investigation by the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board.”


  1. I don’t want to defend the infamous Footy Show sketch (which was clearly ill-advised), but as far as the “I’m so ashamed” line goes, I certainly accept that it was intended as a reference to his inability to play football and not his sexuality.

  2. I would like to know who gay rights activist Gary Burns actually is.
    I am gay but i dont want him campaigning on my behalf! If you cant have a laugh every now and again at things, the world becomes a very dreary place.
    Do you really have to slap a lawsuit on anyone that says anything negative. Grow some balls….. Its not like it was a News Report…. It was a Comedy Sketch.

    I know some people will disagree, but thats my opinion

  3. He might “support” it, but he isnt going to change the opinions of the boofhead bogans who watch The Footy Show that he hosts…

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