Clive Robertson, the man once considered a charmingly irascible curmudgeon on top rated TV and radio shows now battles to retain a midnight to dawn talk-back radio show, and if there’s any justice then what Media Watch revealed last night will make that even harder.
All quotes below are from 2UE, Clive Robertson Overnights, 31st January, 2008
Clive Robertson: Anyway this comes to the point that men get excited easily. Men when they’ve drunk a bit want something, and they don’t care much how they get it, which can lead to rape, right?
Message: Robbo thinks men are incapable of sexual self-control.
Clive Robertson: A lot of women say yes, for who knows why, but I’ve mentioned before…women play up so much nowadays, they might as well get an ABN and just become a prostitute.
Message: Robbo thinks all sexually active women are just whores.
Clive Robertson: Men are easily stimulated by the visual, a lot of men who are dumb think if you go around showing your bits you want something. That’s the way men think. That’s as simple as that – “She wants it”.
Message: Robbo thinks it’s acceptable for men to decide that a woman looking for someone fanciable has no right to reject men she doesn’t fancy.
Laura: Okay so who should take responsibility for the rape?
Clive Robertson: I think if you’ve got a brain you should actually…
Laura: Oh stop patronising people intellectually Clive, you do not have the resources. Could you just answer the question?…Who should take responsibility for the rape?
Clive Robertson: Both. Both
I hope Laura’s head didn’t explode.
Media Watch sent an email to 2UE management pointing out that what Robertson was saying appeared to breach their own Code of Practice which states that in cases of violence against women that care should be taken to not diminish men’s responsibility. 2UE thought that Media Watch was taking Robertson out of context, and that he didn’t seek to diminish men’s responsibility at all. Media Watch pointed out the ridiculousness of this argument by quoting Robertson’s version of Sheik Hilaly’s infamous uncovered meat comment (Robertson’s involves a red dress). Go read the transcript to be transfixed with disbelief at their idea that there is some exculpatory context which absolves those comments of “diminishing men’s responsibility” for rape.