Josh Thomas slams Bob Katter about gay comments
AUSTRALIA'S gay comedian, Josh Thomas, has blasted Bob Katter, the Federal Member for Kennedy, about his views on gay people.
The mental health of lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people was raised on the mental health-themed episode of ABC's Q&A when an audience member asked Katter if it was appropriate for him to talk about mental health without acknowledging gay people.
"I'm quite happy to address that issue anytime someone brings it to me," he said.
"I have an electorate where someone is committing suicide between Longreach and the Gulf of Carpentaria every two weeks in the cattle section. I have large First Australia communities where it is absolutely endemic… If you say, 'What's your priorities?' The priority that I've got is what's confronting me - and quite rightly confronting me… "
Josh Thomas challenged Katter saying that he said 'awful things' about homosexuals in North Queensland.
"You say that it's not a priority, but you talk about it quite a bit. And when you do talk about it, you say awful things," he said.
"If you're going to go out there as an elected member of Parliament and deny the existence of homosexuals in your electorate, which is kooky - adorable, but kooky - of course people are going to get upset.
"I spent the day Googling you and you're adorable.
"You say a lot of really important powerful things… Then when you go out and deny the existence of homosexuals in north Queensland - they exist, there's an app called Grindr, I'll put it on your phone - you disenfranchise the community."
"All you need to do is say, 'You know what, I've said some stuff in the past, it was a mistake. I understand now it's hurting people's mental health, it's part of the problem, not part of the solution, I'm sorry. Hooray for gay people. Here's some glitter.'"
Katter replied saying that's what he did say with audience erupting into laughter.
"If you'd listened to my answer to the question, I thought that was exactly what I said," he said.
In 2012, Katter expressed public regret for the anti-gay marriage campaign ads describing them as the "crowning glory of all mistakes".
Viewers were quick to react to the exchange on Twitter.
You can watch the full video here.