Deb Knight slams Kyle & Jackie O segment for normalising aggression towards women
Deb Knight has used a portion of her 2GB program to hit out at KIIS Sydney for allowing an aggressive segment to go to air.
The subject of her concern was Kyle & Jackie O’s ‘Only Lying’ segment which featured a woman, ‘Jess’, pretending she had damaged her partner’s motorbikes and cars accidentally.
The partner, ‘Jake’, responded aggressively, including swearing, threatening to kick her out and dismissing his partner as merely an object.
Knight said she was appalled the segment was allowed to go to air in light of the domestic violence crisis the country is facing.
“Given the current situation that we’re in, the current climate, where respect for women is something that we need to look closely at, I think they need to look very closely at what they let go to air,” she said.
She said the segment normalised aggressive language and destructive behaviour between men and women, and the way women are treated is at the heart of the domestic violence crisis.
Neither Kyle nor Jackie endorsed the comments, however the producers should have dumped the segment, she argued.
“The thing is, every radio station, including this one, we’ve all got a delay built in, so that if someone says something that we think’s inappropriate or appalling or they swear, we can bring in that dump button. And the team of producers could have done that on the Kyle and Jackie O Show, but they didn’t. I mean Jackie was appalled by what she heard, but it went to air,” she said.
Radio Today reached out to KIIS to get their reaction to Knight’s criticism.
“ARN takes the issue of respect for women and women’s safety seriously. This has started an important conversation at ARN about how every one of us are part of this discussion on this important social issue,” a spokesperson said.