Yokayi Footy co-host Bianca Hunt has highlighted Sam Newman’s departure from the Nine network in a powerful monologue on the changing media landscape.
Newman and Channel 9 parted ways last week after a 35-year partnership, the news coming after Newman labelled George Floyd “a piece of s**t” during his You Cannot Be Serious podcast, in which the 74-year-old took issue with anyone who “made a monument about” Floyd after his murder at the hands of police.
Hunt, who played footy for Sydney University and the Morten Bay Lions before becoming a co-host for AFL Media, said Newman’s departure could signal a changing of the guard in media.
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“This week, Channel 9 and Sam Newman, ahem, ‘mutually parted ways’ after Newman called the late George Floyd a crackhead, a pornstar and a piece of s**t,” Hunt said.
“Enough to lose your job right?
“But then again, so is sexualising female journalists live on air. So is calling a Malaysian man a monkey then comparing him to Serena Williams. So is demeaning little people or making transphobic slurs. So is black face and how it makes Nicky feel along with the rest of our mob.
“Surely each of these warranted a ‘mutual parting’ of Newman and network right? So, why now?
“Perhaps it’s because the tide is slowly turning.
“Maybe, thanks to films like The Final Quarter and The Australian Dream and courageous journalists like Caroline Wilson and Susie O’Brien, Australia is evolving into a more accountable place. One that doesn’t tolerate entertainment underpinned by bigotry, one that cuts through the boys club when they close rank and defend bigots.
“Maybe viewers are at last demanding entertainment that doesn’t demean diversity but celebrates it.
“If that sounds like your cup of tea, stick with us. Whilst Newman might be finished, we’re just getting started.”