Simon Blackburn won’t be getting married after all. The FIFO miner,  who was scheduled to appear on the upcoming season of Channel  Nine’s Married At First Sight has been axed from the program after a  number of disturbing videos he posted to his social media accounts  were discovered. The videos are filled with explicitly homophobic, and misogynistic language. 

Warning: This story has details of homophobic conduct and language and might be distressing to some readers. For 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For Australia-wide LGBTQI peer support call QLife on 1800 184 527 or webchat.

Blackburn, who is a divorced father-of-two, streamed a video on Instagram Live in which he calls gay people “filth,” and goes on to say,  “you might as well just jump in a box, you’re gonna get AIDS.” 

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“If you are gay, you are gonna get AIDS. It’s just disgusting. It’s like filth,  it’s actually filth. That sexual orientation is fucking filth,” Blackburn says. 

MAFS Groom Faces Backlash

Simon Blackburn’s message on social media, before making his account private.

In response to the swift backlash, Blackburn took to Instagram saying,  “To clarify, I haven’t posted on TikTok in six months and all videos of me  are reposts or screenshots of lives from last year! Not my current  thoughts or mindset! Leave the past in the past. No further comment  will be given! I’ve got COVID, let me rest!” 

Blackburn’s Instagram account has now been switched to a private  setting. 

It was Blackburn’s on-screen wife Jessica Seracino who first alerted  Married At First Sight producers to the videos, which her friends  discovered after she asked them to do a Google search of her partner  on the show. Blackburn was dismissed from the show soon after.  Seracino has since been paired with another groom. 

A Channel Nine spokesperson, in a statement, said, “When  unacceptable social media content was discovered in relation to Simon Blackburn we immediately took steps to remove him from the program.  We won’t be making further comment.” 

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Blackburn had also posted several other expletive filled videos in which  he makes numerous demeaning comments about women. 

‘He Came For Me!’

Simon Blackburn

Former Bachelorette Angie Kent, posting to her Instagram stories, said,  “I’ve had many people send me this since yesterday! And YES This is the same man I was posting about not long ago who petrified me on  TikTok and Instagram with his content.”

“He also came for me when I called him out. I had many women reach  out with stories about him.” 

“I am truly mortified. This man is incredibly toxic and dangerous. He has an odd cult following of young men who think his behaviour is something to laugh about and look up to. BOYCOTT! IMMEDIATELY! He does not need a platform to keep  spreading his venom!” Kent said. 

Out MAFS Stars Slam Homophobia

 

MAFS Stars Samuel Levi and Liam Cooper.

Speaking with the Star Observer, out Married At First Sight star Samuel Levi said, “Having someone like this on the show, made me feel like everything I went through was seen as a joke, and not taken  seriously. I don’t understand how producers let this slide, and allowed someone with these disgusting views to be allowed on national television, and possibly be a ROLE MODEL for the younger generation  out there in 2022!!!!!!!” 

“It’s actually heartbreaking, and all I want those who identify within the  LGBTI community, to understand is this behaviour is not acceptable, not everyone is like that – and I stand with them as a complete ALLY!!!!!  I will not allow someone disgusting, and disturbing like this to dictate  how others think of us. Feral behaviour,” Levi said. 

Levi’s partner Liam Cooper who also appeared on Married At First Sight, told So Dramatic!, “I’ve had had many people tag me and inbox  me in regards to those videos and to be honest, I am lost for words and  taken aback. To think that producers hid my video and edited out the  fact that the video made about me was homophobic, biphobic and fat  shaming and then to see that the show has now casted someone who is homophobic really makes me question a lot. What’s really  heartbreaking is that there are members from the LGBTQIA Community, and those who are still trying to find their self and they have to see  this!” 

“What I want to remind all the young people out there that might have  seen this, PLEASE do not listen! It’s ok to be gay, bi, transgender,  lesbian, queer WHOEVER you want to be.“Just know there is support  and people out in the world that love you and accept you,” Cooper  said. 

Homophobic, Transphobic, Ableist, Racist & Misogynist

Feminist author Clementine Ford took to Instagram saying Blackburn  “used to have a fairly popular platform on TikTok, but his audience has  decreased significantly – maybe because he speaks so horribly about his children that even other misogynist men have decided he’s too much to take.” 

“All you need to know is that he is homophobic, transphobic, ableist, racist, and deeply hateful towards women. The way he speaks about  mothers, in particular, is absolutely grotesque, calling them ‘some other  c*nt’s fuckin’ mess.”@channel9 have since released a statement saying  he was removed from the program when they “discovered” his social  media posts, but come on besties – you want us to believe you didn’t  know EXACTLY who this guy is? That you didn’t do the most basic of  internet searches on his fkn name?” 

“Of course, #MAFS knew who he was, because the plan was clearly to  remove him from the show a week or so in and then release some cockamamie statement about how they had taken swift action. Why  would they do this? Simple. So they could: a) generate interest and  discussion in the new season and b) try to mitigate all the criticisms  they’ve received for the last two years about platforming abusive men.  ‘Look! We had one and we benched him! We’re good now!’”

If you feel distressed reading the story, you can reach out to support services.

For 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention call Lifeline on 13 11 14

For Australia-wide LGBTQI peer support call QLife on 1800 184 527 or webchat.

 

 

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