“It’s one of the two good things he did.”
A caller has caused outrage in Australia after praising Hitler live on radio for killing gay people in concentrations camps during the second World War.
The radio show, Mornings with Jon Faine, aired on ABC Melbourne and was holding a discussion about the ongoing marriage equality debate ahead of November’s final result.
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton was a guest on the show, campaigning for people to vote yes for equal marriage in Australia.
However, caller Don criticised Hilton for not remaining neutral in the debate, saying it is “disgusting” that she is advocating equal marriage so publicly.
What Don failed to realise is that the fact Hilton has Equal Opportunity and Human Rights in her job title suggests she should be campaigning for – yep, you guessed it – equality and human rights.
However, after about a minute Don made a comment that left the radio hosts shocked.
“Hitler put all those kind of people in their own concentration camps – it’s one of the two good things he did,” Don said.
“Sorry?” Jon Faine replied.
“Hitler had concentration camps for these gay people. It’s one of the two good things he did, the other was build the autobahns [the highway system in Germany],” Don reiterated.
“There’s an old saying in public policy – when people bring up Nazism for or against the argument you pretty much know you’ve lost,” Faine said back.
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ABC Melbourne faced some backlash for even letting Don’s comments be aired on radio.
A spokesperson for the station said: “The call lasted just under three minutes and was civil until the caller made a highly offensive remark referencing Hitler.
“Once Jon had clarified what the caller had said, the call was immediately terminated.”
Australia is expected to take part in a postal vote on the issue of equal marriage later this month, and while the result won’t be binding, it will give politicians a better idea of what the public wants when they perform a vote in parliament.
A recent poll suggested that 63% of Australians intend to vote in favour of same-sex marriage, but LGBT+ activists have criticised the $122 million procedure, as it will likely give homophobes a platform to voice hate – which it already has.