Radio presenter Kyle Sandilands apologized to listeners on Monday after making a juvenile joke about the Virgin Mary.
And on Monday, the 48-year-old KIIS FM star found an unlikely ally Studio 10 host Joe Hildebrand, who passionately defended his right to freedom of expression.
A visibly furious Joe, 43, said Kyle had the right to joke about religion because blasphemy is not a crime, before more generally canceling the & # 39; culture & # 39; attacks.
& # 39; People need to be harder! & # 39; Joe Hildebrand (photo) launched in a passionate & # 39; free speech & # 39; defense of Kyle Sandilands on Monday episode of Studio 10
Joe made his comments during a panel discussion on Kyle & # 39; s apology with co-hosts Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Denise Scott and Merrick Russo.
Although Joe acknowledged that Kyle regretted the offense he had caused, he argued that widespread criticism was not needed.
& # 39; I think many people indignant by Kyle say these are the same people who say you should be able to criticize the prophet Mohammed, & # 39; said Joe.
& # 39; And the same kind of people who thought it would have been disgraceful for Charlie Hebdo to be shot because they depicted images of the prophet. & # 39;
& # 39; If you believe in freedom of speech, you believe in it for everyone & # 39 ;: although Joe acknowledged that Kyle regretted the offense he had caused, he argued that the criticism was unnecessary
Joe then defended the concept of free speech and told viewers that they must accept that they will be offended from time to time.
& # 39; I say that if you believe in freedom of expression, you believe in it for everyone and if you get insulted, bad luck, & # 39; he said before adding that he is a Catholic.
Joe was supported by his fellow panel members, especially comedian Merrick Russo.
Panel: Joe made his comments during a panel discussion on Kyle & # 39; s apology with co-hosts (from left to right) Denise Scott, Merrick Russo and Kerri-Anne Kennerley
What was Kyle's joke?
On September 18, Kyle insulted thousands of listeners – and attracted 150 formal complaints to media watchdog ACMA – by saying that the Virgin Mary was not a virgin at all.
& # 39; I thought Mary was his girlfriend (Jesus Christ), but apparently it was the mother, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; And the mother clearly lied and said to everyone, "No, I got pregnant through a magical spirit." Bulls ** t.
& # 39; Someone was blocking her behind the camel shed … You could believe that everything written down 2,000 years ago is absolutely accurate and good for you, you're stupid. Stupid like a dog. & # 39;
The segment went unnoticed at that time, but went viral days later when it was shared through the KIIS FM social media channels.
The two men then criticized & # 39; cancel the culture & # 39 ;, which refers to boycotting controversial figures because of their & # 39; problematic & # 39; statements or promotions.
Joe rejected & # 39; cancel culture & # 39; if & # 39; when someone says something that I don't like and that's why they should be fired and we should never hear from them again. & # 39;
He added that similar boycotts are directed to Sydney broadcaster Alan Jones, as well as American comedians Sarah Silverman and Dave Chappelle.
& # 39; People need the & # 39; make eff & # 39; louder, if you don't like it, don't listen to it, & # 39; said Joe.
Merrick then lashed out at Muslims and Christians protesting outside of KIIS FM headquarters on Monday after it was revealed that death threats had been committed against Kyle and his staff.
& # 39; You erode any credibility you have as soon as you pose a physical threat to someone, & # 39; he said.
The discussion comes after Kyle and his radio presenter Jackie & # 39; O & # 39; Henderson resumed the broadcast on Monday, after a scheduled one-week break.
& # 39; You erode any credibility as soon as you pose a physical threat & # 39 ;: fellow panel member Merrick Russo also lashed out at Muslims and Christians who protested Monday outside KIIS FM headquarters after it was revealed that death threats had been made against Kyle and his staff
Kyle offered sincere apologies and said he was not going to hurt anyone with his joke that the Virgin Mary was promiscuous.
& # 39; I didn't realize its severity. I have upset many people, & he said. & # 39; Even friends of mine had something like: & # 39; Bro, how can you say something so stupid? & # 39;
He continued: & # 39; & # 39; Am I going to stop? No. Am I getting fired? No. Sorry. I am absolutely sorry, because like I said, I never intended to upset anyone. & # 39;
Saying sorry: the discussion comes after Kyle (photo) and his co-host Jackie & # 39; O & # 39; Henderson resumed the broadcast on Monday, after a one-week break. Shortly after 6 o'clock in the morning, Kyle issued a heartfelt apology in which he acknowledged the pain he had inflicted on religious people
Together forms: dozens of religious protesters flocked to KIIS FM's headquarters in Sydney last Monday and demanded his immediate resignation (photo). More protesters were outside the building this Monday
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