Anthony Mundine, a famous retired Australian boxer has recently left the reality show ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here” while holding back tears and speaking of missing his children. Mundine spoke of how he was unable to block out his emotions and could not spend any more time away from his family.
However, Mundine has attracted harsh criticism for his outspoken views against homosexuality. Before leaving for the reality show he said in an interview that the though homosexuality was wrong and that gay people “confuse society”.
He has now become the second contestant to leave the show with Bernard Tomic, a tennis player, departing last week. Mundine told Kerry Armstrong, another contestant, that he had been “struggling” and was missing his family over the almost two weeks he was in the jungle.
After leaving the camp, Mundine posted on social media claiming that while he thought it was an “incredible experience” he was missing his family and had “accomplished everything” he wanted to.
While many people sympathised with his reasons for leaving the show, his renewed anti-gay rhetoric has caused a public outcry against him. Mundine took the chance to reveal even more of his views on homosexuality to reporters who were there to cover his exit from the show.
Mundine told reporters that the believed capital punishment would work to deter homosexual behaviour and keep it “behind closed doors”. Mundine spoke fondly of past decades where gay people were afraid to reveal their nature and had secret relationships outside of the public eye.
He said that if society was structured to severely punish homosexual behaviour then gay people would stop altogether for fear of persecution. He said that gay people would likely “think twice” before pursuing what he considers to be an immoral lifestyle.
Mundine also said that he was strongly against open representation of LGBTI culture and social justice. He claimed that as gay or transgender people got more rights it would encourage paedophiles to demand that their sexuality be legitimised.
He said that LGBTI people won’t be satisfied “until they have primary school kids being gay”. He was reported saying that he thinks he is speaking the truth and that he did not care about what gay people do because “the creator” would judge them after death.
It is speculated that Mundine was paid large sums of money to appear on the reality show. It was believed he would draw a wider audience because of his history as football player and boxer.
Many commentators on social media have decried Mundine as a sporting legend, saying the he is a national disgrace and should not have been given a platform from which to spread his controversial opinions.