YFM DJ FIRED OVER ANTI-GAY BROADCAST
The Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) has fined radio station YFM R15,000 for a homophobic broadcast by Macgyver Mukwevho, known as DJ MacG.
It has also been confirmed that YFM fired Mukwevho as a result of his anti-gay segment last month.
On Wednesday, the BCCSA finally issued its ruling following a complaint by a member of the public about the incident.
According to a transcript of the afternoon broadcast of the MacG Unleashed show, Mukwevho began by stating: “Almost time to check out what’s happening in the world of news, but before we do that, now I thought that I hate gay people, But, hey, this guy is on another level hey…”
While mocking a gay colleague, producer Junior Dikwa, in studio, Mukwevho proceeded to play audio clips of what has been described as the chairman of the National Task Force against Homosexuality in Uganda, Pastor Martin Ssempa, talking about the “evils” of homosexuality.
In the clips, Ssempa talked explicitly about “gay sexual practises” including “anal licking”, “eating the poopoo” and “fisting”.
Amid much laughter, Mukwevho then asked Dikwa: “So do you eat poopoo?” To which an upset Dikwa replied: “No we don’t!”
Mukwevho was suspended pending an investigation. While initially defending the broadcast to the BCCSA YFM later reversed its position and admitted that it was indeed in the wrong and had breached the broadcasting code.
It also apologised to the complainant and audience and confirmed to the BCCSA that Mukwevho had been fired from the station.
After the incident, Mukwevho personally apologised on Facebook: “I’d like to profusely apologise to everyone I offended during my show last month when I made reference to homosexuality. Sincere apologies,” said the DJ.
In a statement to the BCCSA, YFM said: “We expect our presenters to take a leadership role in ensuring that our listeners are constantly positively reinforced in the values of our constitution, including respect for sexual orientation, and will not tolerate any transgression in this regard.”
In its ruling, the BCCSA did not find that the broadcast contravened the code when it came to hate speech because while the insert and comments were “derisory as regards the presenter’s descriptions of certain alleged forms of gay sex” they did “not promote or glamorize violence based on sexual orientation”.
Instead, the BCCSA’s Chairperson, Professor Kobus Van Rooyen, found YFM guilty of broadcasting “violent sexual conduct” and fined the station R15,000.
Van Rooyen said that he had not fined YFM the maximum amount (R50,000) because the station apologised and took action to remedy the station.
Make that f@#$%^cker eat “POOPOO” dumb heterosexual bastard
good. i am glad he was fired. homophobia should never be tolerated. i doubt if he is really sorry…
Good Job. I am glad to see justice in action
yay. Justice does occassionally happen.
I doubt very much if the apology is sincere, but it might make our broadcasters think twice before spreading their stupidity
Shocking. To me, the most shocking thing about this whole saga is how clearly uninformed this bloke is. If someone like him, with an education knows that little about gay life and people and actually think stuff like this, it just shows how very far we are from true acceptance and liberty. The only way to do that is to educate people. Each and every one of us should teach and show people that we actually are not the perverts they were taught that we were. Knowledge is power and that breeds acceptance.
indeed. it serves him right to be fired even from the job that he was doing, Thanks Lord he is jobless, the moron, fcuking bastard of retard
…”reference to homosexuality”. It sounds like he’s apologising to the fact that he mentioned homosexuality in general, as if that in itself were the offending part of it. Not a genuine apology at all __ he’s just sorry that he started with his anti-gay rant in the first place. And most of all, he’s sorry that somebody complained.
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