ACON have welcomed Paul -˜Fatty’ Vautin’s offer to appear in their online anti-homophobia campaign This Is Oz.
Vautin, host of Channel Nine’s The Footy Show, agreed to appear on the site following an appearance on his show by the world champion Sydney Convicts gay rugby team.
Fatty publicly showing his support for GLBT rights will hopefully increase GLBT visibility and help change some attitudes among the people who watch his show, who are maybe not people who would be thinking about equality for GLBT people otherwise, ACON CEO Stevie Clayton told Sydney Star Observer.
Some people in the GLBT community have been critical of the Convicts for going on the show. Others think they did a great thing. This emphasises the divide between those on the one hand who think you punish people for behaving badly and those on the other hand who think you educate and encourage people to do the right thing.
There is no doubt that The Footy Show did the wrong thing initially with their homophobic skit, but how much more powerful is it then when they speak to the very same audience and say homophobia is not alright?
Negotiations are currently underway to arrange a photo shoot for Vautin, whose image could appear as soon as next week.
info: To upload your own images to This is Oz, or to look at the photos already uploaded, visit thisisoz.com.au