02.19.10

Australian’s Olympic Broadcasters Have A Problem With Men In Tights

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ABC News’ Jason Tin reports the Channel 9 commentary team of Eddie McGuire and Mick Molloy have offended polite society…without saying anything about how shitty Ang Lee’s “Incredible Hulk” was.

While discussing the men’s figure skating costumes as part of last night’s Winter Olympics wrap, Molloy said: “They don’t leave anything in the locker room, these blokes, do they?”

McGuire replied: “They don’t leave anything in the closet either, do they?”

The long-time Channel Nine personality then described one competitor’s costume as “a bit of a brokeback”, referencing Ang Lee’s film about gay cowboys.

“A bit of Brokeback Mountain exercises – you can’t wear that,” Molloy responded.

Gay rights activist Gary Burns says the comments have shocked members of the gay community.

“They’re harmful to, particularly, gay youth who are living in isolated areas across the nation,” he said.

“These young kids look up to [McGuire] and when they hear these kinds of comments and [they're] having issues with their own coming-out process, or low self-esteem or depression… they feel worthless.”

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