Anthony Mundine: God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve
Champion boxer Anthony Mundine has come under fire after slamming ABC TV series Redfern Now for promoting homosexuality in Aboriginal culture.
Mundine posted comments on Facebook last night after tuning in to the premiere of the show’s second season, saying the series was wrong for promoting homosexuality within Aboriginal culture.
Last night’s episode featured an Indigenous gay man (Kirk Page) fighting for the custody of his child with his deceased partner’s mother (Noni Hazlehurst).
Mundine suggested Indigenous ancestors would have someone’s head for suggesting such a thing.
"Watching redfern now & they promoting homosexuality! (Like it's ok in our culture) that ain't in our culture & our ancestors would have there head for it! Like my dad told me GOD made ADAM & EVE not Adam & Steve,” posted Mundine.
The post promoted a heated response, including one from Redfern Now season one star Luke Carroll, who challenged Mundine’s comments, saying “God or Christianity isn't apart [sic] of our Culture either... our Ancestors had dreamtime beliefs!"
Mundine went on to say he wasnt against homosexuaity as he had friends and family who are gay, but he didnt believe the show should be promoting LGBTI lifestyles.
Indigenous writer, director and producer Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Day, Radiance), whose production company Blackfella Films produced the series, told the ABC Mundine's comments were both upsetting and offensive.
"I've known Aboriginal activists throughout the '60s and '70s and '80s and '90s who fought for the cause of Aboriginal people and they are gay," she said.
"[Mundine] saying gay people and Aboriginality don't go together denies all of the identity of those people. It's insulting to them - it's inappropriate that he says that."
Perkins says last night's episode was not promoting homosexuality but dealing with the issue of same-sex couples who want the right to have children.
"It's about love, it's about parenting. You know we're not pushing some 'you know everyone has to be gay' to young people - that's just totally misreading the program," she said.