Renowned singer Kamahl has weighed into the Hey Hey debate -and doesn’t like what he sees.
The Malaysian-born Australian has long been lampooned on the show, seemingly with affection, but his statements today paint a different picture.
Kamahl told The Daily Telegraph he had endured years of racist remarks, despite numerous appearances on the show. He admits he used to laugh along, but after his likeness was sketched into the notorious Jackson Jive sketch, he is critical of the Channel Nine show.
“They are just trying to push the envelope. Like The Chaser. The Chaser may take it to another level but at least it’s witty,” he said.
In a scathing attack on the show, he says, “Hey, Hey is devoid of any real wit.
“It’s desperate. It’s toilet humour and it should be flushed.
“If Harry Connick Jr had not been there it would have just slipped through to the keeper,” Kamahl said.
“It’s not an advantage to be born black in this current society, neither is it to be a woman. Both have to work twice as hard.”
Kamahl was even said to be considering legal action, according to the newspaper.
Meanwhile the sketch continues to gather outrage internationally, now being reported by the BBC, The Times, The Sun, The Mirror, CNN, CBS and E!
Both Nine and Daryl Somers have apologised for any offence caused.
Source: The Daily Telegraph