Australian boxer Anthony Mundine said the death penalty would deter people from homosexuality.
The former rugby champion – who’s just walked out of the Australian version of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here – is notorious for his controversial comments, having previously said gay people are ‘confusing to society’.
After his exit from the jungle, Mundine appeared to endorse the death penalty for gay people in a vile, homophobic rant.
During an interview with News Corp, he said: “If we were to live in a society, just like in Aboriginal culture, that 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?”
Mundine also believes that gay people shouldn’t be featured on television, in case they influence younger children to become gay.
“They are not going to be happy until they have primary school kids being gay,” he said.
“I talk the truth. It is the system. 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 claimed the rise of equality for gay people would lead to more rights for pedophiles, effectively saying they’re one and the same: “Because they are pushing these gay rights so much in the Western world, the pedophiles out there want their rights.”
Despite his homophobic remarks, Mundine believes that having a gay friend renders him immune to criticism.
He once said: “That’s their prerogative, all I can do is warn them. I always tell my gay friend, ‘You’ve got to find a lady… god will judge you, not me’.
“For me, the creator, Allah, who created us, who knows us better than we know ourselves, made it forbidden. That is what the creator has set, these are his perimeters, not mine, and I follow them.”
Back in 2013, Mundine lashed out at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for “promoting” being gay to young people after a same-sex couple was featured on Redfern Now, a drama about Indigenous Australians.
“Watching redfern now & they promoting homosexuality! (Like it’s ok in our culture). That ain’t in our culture & our ancestors would have there [sic] head for it,” he wrote on Facebook at the time.
“Like my dad told me GOD made ADAM & EVE not Adam & Steve.”