Christian and Muslim protesters gather outside KIIS studios demanding Kyle Sandilands be FIRED over ‘offensive’ comments about Virgin Mary
Christian and Muslim protesters gathered outside KIIS studios in Sydney on Monday demanding radio shock jock Kyle Sandilands be fired.
Police were called to intervene as dozens met outside KIIS FM’s Ryde headquarters, to pray for the controversial radio host and to call for his firing over offensive comments he made about the Virgin Mary last week.
Kyle was forced to apologise over an Instagram video in which he called Mary a ‘liar’ who got knocked up ‘behind a camel shed’, however, religious protesters are not satisfied with his response.
Outrage: Christian and Muslim protesters (right) gathered outside KIIS studios in Sydney on Monday demanding shock jock Kyle Sandilands (left) be fired
‘We live in a country that has double standards because in the commercial code of conduct clause 214 states that a radio station cannot offend, discriminate against religion, sex, gender,’ Georgie Clark, who led the protest, told The Daily Telegraph.
‘Kyle from 106.5 KIIS FM went and discriminated against not only one religion but two.
‘What is the difference between offending a homosexual or a thief or a liar or an adulterer or a fornicator like Israel Folau did? But when it comes to religion they just want to sweep us under the carpet.’
In a statement to Daily Mail Australia on Monday, an Australian Radio Network (ARN) spokesperson apologised for Kyle’s comments.
‘As we said last week, we echo Kyle’s statement and unreservedly apologise for any offence that may have been caused,’ the statement read.
‘Last week when this content ran, we immediately recognised that it wasn’t appropriate for distribution and it was removed immediately.’
Shock: Kyle’s co-host Jackie O Henderson (pictured) was stunned by his offensive comments
In the Instagram video, the Kyle and Jackie O show co-host claimed Mary was not actually a virgin.
‘I thought Mary was his (Jesus’) girlfriend but apparently it was the mother,’ he said.
‘And the mother lied obviously and told everyone ‘Nah I got pregnant by a magical ghost’. Bullsh*t.
‘Someone chock-a-blocked her behind the camel shed… You might believe everything that’s written down 2000 years ago to be absolutely accurate and good on you, you’re dumb. Dumb as dog sh*t.’
Offensive: In the Instagram video, the Kyle and Jackie O show co-host claimed the Virgin Mary was not actually a virgin. ‘I thought Mary was his (Jesus’) girlfriend but apparently it was the mother,’ he said. ‘And the mother lied obviously and told everyone ‘Nah I got pregnant by a magical ghost’. Bullsh*t’
The video was later removed and Kyle apologised for his shocking remarks.
‘I’m sorry if I offended anyone with my comments,’ he told the Telegraph.
‘Everyone is entitled to their own religious beliefs and I’m fully supportive of that right.’
Kyle and Jackie O are currently on break and will return to air on September 30.
In May, axed Wallabies star Israel Folau was found guilty of breaching Rugby Australia’s code of conduct and his four-year NRL contract was terminated after he shared an Instagram post claiming all homosexuals are going to hell.
Sacked: In May, axed Wallabies star Israel Folau (left) was found guilty of breaching Rugby Australia’s code of conduct and his four-year NRL contract was terminated after he shared an Instagram post (right) claiming all homosexuals are going to hell