Kyle Sandilands is ‘investigated by the human rights commissioner’ after complaints about his Virgin Mary joke
- A ‘joke’ by Kyle Sandilands about the Virgin Mary caused uproar in September
- Dozens of protesters gathered at KIIS FM Sydney headquarters
- The ACT Human Rights Commission is reportedly investigating after complaint
Kyle Sandilands is reportedly being investigated by the ACT Human Rights Commission over his controversial Virgin Mary joke.
The DJ shocked listeners last month when he said Mary was not really a virgin but that ‘someone chock-a-blocked her behind the camel shed’.
Now a complaint has been made against him from a man in the ACT, which has religious vilification laws.
Radio shock jock Kyle Sandilands is being investigated by the ACT Human Rights Commission after complaints his ‘vile’ comments about the Virgin Mary equate to religious vilification
Khalil Farah, a member of the Australian Maronite Catholic community, claims Sandilands was guilty of ‘reprehensible conduct’.
He wants the DJ to be forced to make a donation to a religious charity as punishment, reported the Daily Telegraph.
Sandilands told the publication he has not been contacted by the commission and declined to comment further.
In his complaint, Mr Farah said he was traumatised by the ‘vile, offensive, woefully ignorant and religiously charged’ comments.
He said he had suffered stress, trauma, and loss of sleep.
Dozens of furious protesters gathered at KIIS FM’s Sydney office in September to demonstrate against the radio star over his ‘ghastly’ religious joke
Mr Farah said: ‘I was sickened to hear what he said and I know that many members of my community were and remain traumatised’.
He said after some time processing the comments he decided he must take action and lodged the complaint.
In September dozens of furious protesters gathered at KIIS FM’s Sydney office to demonstrate against Sandilands star over his ‘ghastly’ religious joke.
The radio presenter, 48, fled Sydney to a mansion in Los Angeles shortly afterwards.
From there he broadcast a public apology from his private studio.
What was Kyle’s joke?
On September 18, Kyle offended thousands of listeners – and attracted 150 formal complaints to media watchdog ACMA – by saying the Virgin Mary wasn’t actually a virgin at all.
‘I thought Mary was his [Jesus Christ’s] 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’. Bulls**t.
‘Someone chock-a-blocked her behind the camel shed… You might believe everything that’s written down 2,000 years ago to be absolutely accurate and good on you, you’re dumb. Dumb as dog s**t.’
The segment went unnoticed at the time, but went viral days later when it was shared to KIIS FM’s social media channels.