Boxer Anthony Mundine calls for capital punishment for gays

Boxer Anthony Mundine has quit the reality TV show I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and upon leaving the jungle unleashed a tirade against LGBTI people suggesting capital punishment should be introduced.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph’s Jonathon Moran, Mundine appeared to endorse the death penalty saying it was the only way to deter homosexuality in society.

“If we lived in a society, just like in the aboriginal culture – same thing, that homosexuality is forbidden, and you do it, and the consequences are capital punishment – death. You think you’re going to do it, or think twice about doing it, hell no- even if I was born like that. That’s the only way to deter the problem.” Mundine said.

In the heavily edited video interview Mundine said it was a choice for people to be gay, and he didn’t personally care if  people were gay, saying “The creator will judge you later.”

In his accompanying report Moran said Mundine has expressed the view that gay rights had gone too far in Western society and it would lead to the legalisation of paedophillia.

“Because they are pushing these gay rights so much in the Western world, the paedophiles out there want their rights,” he said. “Now they are going to claim to have rights. They want their rights just like the gay people want their rights.” Mundine reportedly said.

The boxer said paedophiles should also face the death penalty saying ‘Hang the suckers.”

Mundine went on to say that gay people should not be allowed to appear on television, and gay characters should not be included in television shows as it would encourage children to become gay.

“They are not going to be happy until they have primary school kids being gay,” he said when asked to clarify his views. “If you are going to be gay, do it behind closed doors, that is how it used to be.” Mundine said.

Channel Ten has been criticised for giving the boxer as platform to promote his anti-LGBTI views by including him in the popular TV show.

Former rugby player Casey Conway, who is also aboriginal, reacted to Mundine’s comments describing him as a “vile human”.

“Anthony Mundine is vile human and his comments should be condemned. Using our culture as a basis for his harmful opinions is disgraceful. Women and LGBTI people are your equal Anthony, you’re not better than anyone. Educate yourself.” Conway posted to Twitter.

Dameyon Bonson, founder of Black Rainbow, an initiative that aims to address suicide of indigenous LGBTI Australians said Mundine’s statements were homophobic and not representative of aboriginal culture.

“Anthony Mundine has yet to provide any basis for his homophobic remarks that, in Aboriginal culture homosexuality results in ‘capital punishment or death’. It is well documented that homophobia leads to suicide. So well done Anthony and his apologists too. Well fucking done.” Bonson posted in response to Mundine’s comments.

Bonson criticised Channel Ten’s program I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here saying it was treating homophobia as entertainment.

Mundine is the second celebrity to quit the TV show following tennis player Bernard Tomic. Mundine was joined in the South African jungle by his boxing rival Danny Green.

OIP Staff

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