In the midst of sexual harassment claims in the entertainment industry, INXS member Kirk Pengilly has said he misses how it was 45 years ago when giving a woman a "bum slap" was taken as a "compliment".
The former INXS guitarist vocalised his comments while at a charity event in Melbourne on Thursday.
He had been asked about the claims levelled against Burke's Backyard presenter, Don Burke and disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
"I really loved the 60s and 70s when life was so simple and you could slap a woman on the butt and it was taken as a compliment, not as sexual harassment," he told AAP.
His nonchalant comments about sexual harassment have not been taken lightly by many with some expressing their distaste at the 59-year-old's comments on social media.
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Kirk Pengilly gets nostalgic about the days when he could get away with being a filthy sleaze. pic.twitter.com/UjI6V17YYE— Joe Furphy (@JosephFurphy) November 30, 2017
Kirk Pengilly tone deaf in trivialising allegations made against Don Burke & Harvey Weinstein by missing the days when you could slap "a woman on the butt" pic.twitter.com/9fVBcTX82A— Luke Herring (@lhjh70) November 30, 2017
@KirkPengilly wants to go back to the 70-80's where unsolicited, unwanted and non-consensual touching of normally "off-limits" and socially acceptable areas of female anatomy was "acceptable" for men. It's never been acceptable - thankfully society has evolved. Time you did too!— Toni McCann (@toni_mccann) November 30, 2017
People like Kirk Pengilly aren't worthy of my ear time. Respect women as the people they are. @INXS is dead to me.— Lincoln Donaldson (@coffeeforkicks) November 30, 2017
On Monday morning, a scathing report was released by Fairfax Media, describing Burke as a "sexual predator" and "psychotic bully" who allegedly harassed female employees during his time on his popular gardening show.
It is believed more than 50 women have been interviewed as a part of the investigation claiming he sexually harassed, indecently assaulted and bullied a number of female employees in the late 1980s and 1990s.
However, the host has strongly denied the allegations and has hired a top defamation lawyer, Patrick George of Kennedys Australia, to defend him.
Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Matt Lauer have also been accused of sexual harassment in recent months.
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