Kyle and Jackie O have slammed Mark Latham as a ‘homophobe’ after he sent a foul tweet to a gay MP – as the NSW One Nation leader goes into hiding.
Latham posted a vile message on Thursday morning in response to independent MP Alex Greenwich branding him an ‘extremely hateful and dangerous … (and) a disgusting human being’.
Greenwich lashed out at Latham after LGBTQI protesters were targeted by Christian Lives Matters protesters outside a Sydney church where Latham was giving a speech about religious freedom and parental rights last week.
Latham fired back on Thursday morning with a tweet saying: ‘Disgusting? How does that compare with sticking your d*** up a bloke’s a*** and covering it with s***?’
On Friday, KIIS FM radio hosts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O Henderson called out Latham for his homophobic comments, and issued a message of support for Greenwich.
‘He’s very handsome, well-dressed,’ Sandilands said of Greenwich.
Sandilands then made a crude comment about sexual hygiene to the show’s gay newsreader Brooklyn Ross.
The radio host then hit out at Latham saying: ‘Some of these old people, they have set in their way opinions.’
Gay newsreader Brooklyn Ross argued that Latham ‘wasn’t even that old’.
‘Every gay person, he’s calling what we do disgusting. I mean this guy is a homophobe.
Ross added: ‘When Pauline Hanson is telling you you’ve gone too far…’
‘You’re in trouble now!’ Jackie O agreed.
Latham wrote: ‘Disgusting? How does that compare with sticking your d*** up a bloke’s a*** and covering it with s***?’
State One Nation leader Mark Latham (pictured) has written a homophobic tweet after independent MP Alex Greenwich called him a ‘disgusting human being’
Meanwhile, Latham has gone into hiding amid the widespread public outrage.
Greenwich said on Friday that he didn’t want to waste his time engaging the One Nation MP’s now-deleted Twitter post, but admitted it had affected him.
‘It is extremely hurtful when there is a vile homophobic attack directed at you,’ the member for Sydney said.
‘It’s not the first time this has happened to me … that hurt, though, quickly turned into motivation to make sure we stamp out laws which allow my community to be discriminated against.
‘Just as horrific as Mr Latham’s comments are, the impact of current legislation in NSW is more horrific.’
Greenwich said he didn’t expect an apology from Mr Latham and didn’t expect any recourse in the NSW Parliament.
Ms Hanson posted a damning video on Facebook on Thursday night where she made it clear her party did not ‘condone’ her colleague’s comments
Joining the wave of criticism of Latham, One Nation’s federal leader Senator Hanson said she’d tried calling the firebrand MP a few times to ask him to issue a public apology but he had not responded.
‘I’ve actually tried to ring Mark a couple of times, to no avail. And I have clearly sent a text message to him, telling him my views,’ she said.
‘I’ve asked him to give the people an apology. I will leave it at that. It is now over to Mark to answer to the people.’
Even one of Latham’s biggest supporters, conservative Sky News TV host Andrew Bolt called him out.
‘It was so disgusting, so homophobic and so vile in a pornographic way that I can’t even hint at what he said about a gay politician, Alex Greenwich,’ Mr Bolt said.
‘But it was the kind of thing a scumbag would write. I don’t think he’ll ever live it down. He will be a pariah, and not just here at Sky.
Bolt said this is a ‘real problem’ for One Nation founder and federal leader Pauline Hanson.
‘Latham taints her. She has tried to reign him in, but now this,’ he said.
‘Does Latham know that Hanson’s closest advisor for years, a top bloke, is himself gay?’
Many political commentators are also calling for Latham to resign following the homophobic comments.
‘Mark Latham is unfit to serve as a member of parliament and should resign. That is not a partisan view, it is the only acceptable consequence of his consciously chosen actions,’ a spokesperson for Marque Lawyers said.
‘There is no place in public service for a person who expresses destructive bigotry as he has today.’
‘Latham should resign from whatever vestige of public office he holds,’ said Craig Wallace, head of policy at Advocacy for Inclusion.
Latham (pictured at a One Nation event earlier this month) has bunkered down in lieu of the public outrage despite receiving dozens of calls to make a public apology
The saga kicked off last week after up to 500 ‘Christian Lives Matter’ protesters clashed with a small group of LGBTQIA protestors outside St Michaels Church in Belfield, in Sydney’s south-west, as Latham gave a speech.
The activists claimed the ‘Christian Lives Matter’ followers threw rocks and bottles at them. Police said the large crowd also hurled glass bottles at officers, with one constable taken to the Canterbury Hospital with cuts to his hand.
The terrifying clash was captured on film and showed the Christian group shouting abuse at the activists.
At one stage, a man was seen throwing a punch into the crowd, only for it to connect with the back of a woman’s head.
She was then heard screaming and crying as a friend wraps his arm around her.
Latham later revealed police had warned him not to speak that night.
Independent MP Alex Greenwich took the high road on Thursday evening (pictured with husband Victor Hoeld attend the official opening night of Capella Sydney on March 30, 2023 in Sydney)
Ms Hanson (pictured with Mr Latham in 2018) said she could not get a hold of her colleague in lieu of his ‘disgusting’ tweets and demanded he apologise
‘To not give my speech, to go straight home would have allowed the transgender protesters to cancel my free speech and democratic rights as an election candidate, things that are sacred to me and have been for 35 years in running for elections, local, Federal and State,’ he said at the time.
‘I didn’t see what happened on the front street, but I sincerely convey my best wishes to those injured and thank the police officers involved for their work. No one should take the law into their own hands. Violence at political events is wrong.’
The war of words between the two politicians were sparked by a violent clash between ‘Christian’ Lives Matter’ and LGBTQI protesters outside a church where Latham was speaking
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