Gold Logie winner Ray Meagher’s image has been used in a Facebook page that parodies his Home and Away character in an “Alf Stewart Rape Dungeon.”
Over 9,600 other members have joined the Facebook site, joining in parody discussions mimicking Alf Stewart’s character. Most are too explicit to republish.
The site also contains clips and links to YouTube parodies which have revoiced Meagher’s image with strong language. Several have been removed from YouTube by the Seven Network citing copyright infringement.
The content is likely to breach the laws of Defamation in using Stewart’s image as well as Seven’s intellectual property.
News Limited newspapers have reported the story in several publications today, but without comment from Seven.
NSW Rape Crisis Manager Karen Williams said, “To have rape made light of or justified or promoted as an OK thing to do is just a horrendous insult to injury for sexual assault victims.”
In his Logie Awards acceptance speech, Meagher thanked campaign supporters who used Facebook and Twitter.
“I promise to find out what these two things are before the end of this millenium. And all the people who organised whatever they organised on those two things, please keep doing it. It seems to be working,” he said.
Source: The Australian