Presenter Marc Fennell has apologised over a joke he made last Thursday on The Project about a woman “missing a chromosome.”
The gag came after vision of a woman cooking beans on toast in a microwave (without toast).
But Australian Survivor cast member and AFLW player Moana Hope took to social media to point out that this maligned people with special needs.
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Two different people are watching this same clip. One is missing a chromosome and the other is labeled as ‘normal’. But after the clip is finished you need to watch both reactions. One of them is Bullying and discriminating against people with special needs and monosomy. The other one says ‘ yeah it’s nice, the lady is lovely’. Yet he is labeled as NORMAL and she is used in a sentence to describe what he thinks is someone who is ‘stupid, dumb and not all there’. This 💩 needs to stop. @marcfennell you don’t get to bully and discriminate against people with special needs and think it’s ok coz you got a ‘laugh’ on a national TV. And to the people on the panel that did laugh shame on you. @theprojecttv this is unacceptable behaviour that needs to be seen to. This has offended more people then you can imagine. #needstostop #notfunny #itsmean #theproject
Fennell took the criticism on board and apologised, vowing to do better in the future.
The Project is yet to issue an online apology.