I Want This To Stop

How About You Howard Sattler? Are You Gay? Do You Fuck Pigs Perhaps?

Good heavens. Why on earth does the Prime Minister of Australia have to answer questions like these?:

Howard Sattler offered the Prime Minister a chance to dispel ‘‘myths, rumours, snide jokes and innuendo’’ at the tail-end of a digressive interview on Fairfax-owned station 6PR this afternoon Perth time.

‘‘Tim’s gay,’’ was the first rumour Mr Sattler raised.

‘‘Well, that’s absurd,’’ the Prime Minister’s replied flatly.

‘‘But you hear it – he must be gay, he’s a hairdresser,’’ Mr Sattler said. ‘‘It’s not me saying it.’’

The Prime Minister dismissed the suggestion. But Mr Sattler pressed the point.

“You can confirm that he’s not?” he asked.

‘‘Oh Howard don’t be ridiculous, of course not,’’ the Prime Minister said, while remaining cool and composed. ‘‘On the internet there are lots of […] nutjobs, people who peddle and circulate vile things’’.

“Howard let me just bring you back to earth, you and I have just talked about me and Tim living at the lodge, we live there together as a couple, you know that.”

I never would’ve imagined we’d come to this. Nobody asks if Tony Abbott or Malcolm Turnbull or Joe Hockey or Warren Truss or Barnaby Joyce or Mal Brough if their spouses are gay, let alone press the point like there’s any kind of doubt about their sexuality. Nobody ever asked if Janette Howard was John Howard’s beard. Nobody is ever going to ask Tony Abbott if his wife is a lesbian or whether he can really prove if he procreated his children by having sex with his spouse. Just writing that last sentence fills me with revulsion because it is revolting – so why in the hell is it fair game to be asking these kinds of questions to our Prime Minister? Why does a prurient, venal maggot like this guy even have a job doing interviews?

If the next 90-odd days until 14 September are going to go like this, and stay as pathetic as this, I think I want to holiday somewhere far away from Australia until all this is over. As for Howard Sattler, I hope a Great White Shark takes him.

UPDATE: Howard Sattler has been sacked.

Radio 6PR General Manager Martin Boylen has confirmed presenter Howard Sattler has been sacked, following his controversial interview with Prime Minister Julia Gillard yesterday.

In a statement read on air late afternoon (AEST) the Perth radio station apologised “unreservedly” for allowing questions about the sexuality of Ms Gillard’s partner, Tim Mathieson, to be raised by Sattler on his Drive program.

“In the wake of yesterday’s interview, Radio 6PR suspended Mr Sattler from Broadcasting pending a review of the matter today,” the statement said. “The station has now decided to terminate Mr Sattler’s engagement.”

That is as it should be.

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