A quote that I can never forget is “All that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing” by Edmund Burke.
Hence, I cannot help but to comment.
I am horrified by what I have heard from Today FM announcer Kyle Sandilands. It’s easy to sit by, do nothing and be part of the silent majority. It takes a lot more courage and only a little more effort to speak up and be heard.
We have seen Sandilands expose a rape victim through a lie detector on Today FM – outing the 14 year old girl who had been sexually assaulted at 12 years of age. He has now gone to the lengths of suggesting that comedian and Jenny Craig ambassador, Magda Szubanski should go to a “concentration camp”. Not only has he shown no regard for the millions systematically murdered in concentration camps but a total disregard for those struggling with obesity.
Rape. Hardly a funny subject.
It’s easy to be a “shock jock” but with the role comes responsibility – Sandilands and Today FM have shown no responsibility and he continues to prey on the weak – all of this to fill his pockets with money. Surely our country will not sit by and allow this to continue. Surely we will no longer laugh.
Entrance to Auschwitz. Hardly a funny subject.
It’s easy to laugh off comments as jokes, mistakes, or light hearted comedy. It’s easy to allow Today FM to fill the minds of young people with comments that act as precursors for hate. The result of this is too frightening to contemplate. Does it stop with discrimination against victims of rape, the holocaust or those fighting with obesity?
Every day we hear comments which should terrify every one of us. We laugh at comments made about sexuality, race, gender, physical appearance and through our silence we make it ok. If only we said that is was wrong, didn’t laugh and pointed out that these people are human beings what difference would that make?
We see people die from hate crimes almost every day. A young person bashed to death for being gay or a marginalized person hitting back and shooting or stabbing people after years of torment. Could our intervention have stopped this? Of course it could have and our continued silence will allow these things to fester and grow – perpetuating the horrendous cycle.
Obsesity. Hardly a funny subject.
I have been asked why Marquette Turner is concerned about this? After all aren’t we a real estate agency that should focus on selling property? We see that we have a social responsibility to voice our concerns and make our stance as a company known to the World. We are not a faceless corporation which is too scared to stand up for what we believe in.
If a bigot chooses not to do business with us then the world is surely a better place. For every person that refuses to applaud those that take a stand there are 20 others that do. Companies that are unprepared to take a stand and continue to support Today FM and Sandilands with advertising revenue should be boycotted – money speaks loudly to any company executive.
Marquette Turner, as of today, are beginning a national campaign to ensure that 2 Day FM and all of their sponsors are boycotted by people with a conscience. This has nothing to do with real estate, our company or anything else. Free speech should be promoted, but so must tolerance.
This is about doing the right thing. So long as 2 Day FM and their sponsors endorse rape, mass murder and obesity, they should have no place in Australian society.