Andrew Bolt blasts SBS for banning anti same-sex ad
CONSERVATIVE commentator Andrew Bolt has blasted the SBS for running ads promoting a dating service for married people wanting affairs while banning one opposed to same-sex marriage.
Mr Bolt said in his latest blog that the commercial for the Ashley Madison website showed a 'zombie' husband, who was 'dead in bed'.
He is so repulsive that his wife is shown holding a baseball bat, apparently tempted to bash out his brains.
"But help arrives! The wife sees an Ashley Madison website promoting adultery and - kazaam - she's instantly transformed into a vamp in hot underwear, ready for sex with some stranger as her husband sleeps," Mr Bolt writes.
"You may think this is the ad too off for a broadcaster using your money to make us better citizens - to "educate ... all Australians", as its charter says.
The previous Ashley Maddison, which sees a chorus of men singing they are looking for someone other than their wife, made a list of the top 10 most offensive ads in Australia.
The second commercial, the one banned by SBS ahead of its broadcast of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, is not selling adultery, but traditional marriage.
"We hear a lot about marriage equality, but what about equality for kids?" the woman says in the ad.
Then Toowoomba medico Dr David van Gend, president of the Australian Marriage Forum, warns about the impact of same-sex marriage.
"So-called marriage equality forces a child to miss out on a mother or a father," van Gend says.
"That's not equality for the kids who miss out. That's not marriage."
Dr van Gend, with the help of $21,000 raised by parishioners of the Holy Name Catholic Church, made and ran the ad.
The ad copped a social media backlash even in conservative Toowoomba.
Toowoomba bi-sexual single mother Sam Biffin said the ad was further proof of the "conservative" town she grew up in.
Ms Biffin has looked after her six-year-old daughter on her own since she was 10-weeks-old and said her daughter had all the love she needed.
Mr Bolt says SBS still has not given the Australian Marriage Forum any reason for having banned its ad, which ran without fuss on Channels 7 and 9.
"I'd hate to think its right-on programmers were simply trying to curry favour with their openly gay managing director, Michael Ebeid,'' he speculated.