Eddie McGuire has found himself in more trouble after an on-air rant in which he appeared to suggest that everyone on the planet who does not support Collingwood should kill themselves.
The incident caps a terrible week for the radio broadcaster and Collingwood president, who had earlier had to apologise for remarks that racially vilified AFL footballer Adam Goodes.
McGuire’s fresh outburst followed a fumbled attempt to convey a new, more understanding persona on his Triple M Breakfast program. Announcing to listeners that he was about to play a song from the latest Tegan and Sara album, McGuire said, “These ladies are lesbians and if they want to marry each other, that’s fine by me.”
As the Canadian duo’s I Couldn’t Be Your Friend reached its poppy conclusion, a clearly distressed McGuire could be heard saying over an open microphone, “Why doesn’t anyone want to be my friend any more? Even the songs hate me.”
Shortly afterwards, McGuire was challenged by a caller to clarify his position on marriage. In particular, was he in favour of marriage between women or just marriage between sisters?
McGuire responded as follows:
Mate, I’m not trying to look for excuses. I had a slip of the tongue. What I meant to say was that if lady lovers want to get married, I will not stand in the way. Heck, I married a lady myself. (Uncomfortable laugh) But sisters marrying each other? That seems wrong to me but I don’t know how that fits in with the same sex marriage thing. To be honest, I haven’t a clue what the general population thinks is right or wrong any more. It was so much simpler back in the good old days when everything was black and white and men chased a Sherrin, not each other. I’m sorry if that’s offensive. Actually, I’m not sorry. I’ve had a gutful of you guys. Not you in particular, mate. You’re just trying to get a thin glimmer of light into your life by trying to steal a bit of mine. I mean I’m sick of the human race in general. Collingwood supporters excepted of course. Sometimes I wish you would all just go and kill yourselves and leave me alone.
After a long silence, McGuire cut to Billy Joel’s You’re Only Human. He did not return to air after the song had finished.
Station management have advised that the incident and McGuire’s well-being are currently being investigated.
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