- The SABC has unscheduled Radio 2000's breakfast show host, Phat Joe, indefinitely
- The decision follows the backlash of over Phat Joe's comments regarding the LGBTIQ+ community
- SABC released a statement saying the matter was between employer and employee
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has confirmed that Radio 2000 breakfast show host, Phat Joe, has been “unscheduled until further notice”, due to the backlash over his comments about the LGBTIQ+ community on Wednesday.
Phat Joe asked listeners to share their thoughts regarding Zodwa Wabantu comments about gay people on her reality TV show this past weekend.
In the episode, Zodwa made comments about gay people being too dramatic and “forgetting that they don’t have vaginas”.
But Phat Joe added his own views on the debate and allegedly asked why gay men would not accept how difficult it is “for most people to accept their lifestyle”.
The breakfast show host’s comments drew a backlash from the LGBTIQ+ community and others on social media. Some even took it a step further by calling on the station to suspend the presenter.
Phat Joe was absent from the station’s breakfast show this morning (Thursday, 11 July). David Mashabela stood in for him.
According to TshisaLive, SABC spokesman, Vuyo Mthembu, confirmed that Phat Joe had been unscheduled indefinitely in a statement released to the publication. He also said the matter was between Joe and the SABC.
“The SABC can confirm that Phat Joe has been unscheduled until further notice. This is a matter between the employer and the employee, and we cannot comment further at this stage.”
Phat Joe was previously taken off air by his previous station, East Coast Radio, in February 2017 after he made comments about Downs syndrome. He was also reported to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) and the station was fined R30 000 for the comments made.
Meanwhile, this decision also comes a few days after the SABC confirmed that it had terminated its contract with Metro FM’s Breakfast show host, DJ Fresh. Fresh was unscheduled for nearly 5 weeks after a BCCSA complaint was filed against him for making offensive comments and his foul language on air.
Yesterday, Briefly.co.za reported that DJ Fresh has been trending for more than 24 hours, following his contract with the SABC and Metro FM being terminated.
By the looks of it, the people of Mzansi do not agree with the decision. A complaint was lodged against DJ Fresh after he used "foul language" on air. Fresh was suspended with immediate effect and his contract was later terminated.
After the big news broke, Fresh released his final statement on social media in which he expressed just how okay he is with the termination. Everyone from Bonang Matheba to Trevor Noah took to social media show Fresh their support.
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