Anthony Mundine is being blasted for homophobic comments in which he appears to suggest that gay people should face the death penalty.
After his abrupt exit from I’m a Celebrity… Get me out of Here! yesterday, the former boxer grouped gay people with paedophiles, and said they would think twice about their sexuality if they faced serious penalties.
The 42-year-old told news.com.au that if you live in a society where “homosexuality is forbidden and you do it, and the consequences are capital punishment or death, you think you are going to do it? Or think twice about doing it?”
When pressed to clarify why they would deserve that punishment he said he was "mainly" referring to paedophiles.
Mundine, who has previously said he doesn’t believe in homosexuality, went on to blame the pro-equality movement for trying to indoctrinate young people.
“They are not going to be happy until they have primary school kids being gay,” he said, before adding that he doesn’t believe gay people or characters should be shown on TV.
@Anthony_Mundine I think you have been hit in the head a few too many times!— Seana Smith (@seanasmith51) February 8, 2018
“I don’t care if you are gay or not, it doesn’t worry me because the creator will judge you later. If you are going to be gay, do it behind closed doors, that is how it used to be in the olden days.”
He also appeared to say his Islamic beliefs and Aboriginal culture support his views - a comment which others have disagreed with on social media.
@Anthony_Mundine is an irrelevant knobhead. I have never heard that homosexuality in '... in Aboriginal culture, that homosexuality is forbidden...'. The Aboriginal community are the lead float at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.— Gary 'Friend' Wright (@AdmiralW238) February 8, 2018
Feeling hurt by words published from @Anthony_Mundine . We’re entitled to an opinion. Not sure I’d use mind to publicly make a minority group feel ashamed of who they are. People should think about the young and less resilient before making statements #proudtobeme #LoveWins— Luke Thompson (@79LJT) February 8, 2018
Anthony Mundine needs to understand that not everyone believes in what he does. Stop judging people on their sexual preference. It’s none of your business anyway.— Missy 🇦🇺🇦🇺 (@missy2146) February 8, 2018
Mundine quit the reality TV show filmed in the African jungle on Thursday citing that he missed his family and felt "like I have accomplished everything I wanted to do".
He was called out while on the series for making a 'sexist' comment about what women should and should not wear.
The father-of-five told fellow campmate and Real Housewives of Melbourne star Jackie Gillies, that he doesn't think women should wear skirts above the knee, insisting it was to stop "other men lusting over your women".
Speaking about his wife Danielle, he said, "She can wear a dress... not a short skirt, not a above the knees," he said. "That is just the way I am, it is the way I feel, the way I think."
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