Bob Katter is a notorious figure in Australian politics, with his latest reaction to Australia’s ‘yes’ vote to marriage equality going viral.
The north Queensland-based Katter was speaking a press conference when asked for his thoughts on the issue.
‘I mean, y’know, people are entitled to their sexual proclivities. Let there be a thousand blossoms bloom, as far as I’m concerned,’ he responded in a light hearted way.
Then suddenly his face changed into one of disgust and he urged Australians to think of bigger issues at hand.
‘But I ain’t spendin’ any time on it, because in the mean time, every three months, a person is torn to pieces by a crocodile in North Queensland,’ he angrily declared.
Watch Katter’s response here:
— Insiders ABC (@InsidersABC) November 18, 2017
Won’t someone think of the crocodiles
Katter did not believe there were any gay people in Australia, even famously saying once he would walk ‘backwards from Bourke to Brisbane’ (1000kms) if there were any gays in his electorate.
During the country’s postal survey on marriage equality, he wanted to reclaim the word ‘gay’ which he said had been appropriated by the LGBTI community.
‘I have a very clear idea of what is going on here: the homosexuals in Australia, they took the word gay,’ he said at the time.
‘It was the most beautiful word in the English language, and (homosexuals) said, “oh God we will take that word and we will have it as ours”.’
Following its airing on Sunday morning political chat show, Insiders, the clip has take on a life on its own. It’s gone viral on social media and trended on Australian Twitter.
Bob Katter redefines ‘segue’ https://t.co/gk6jYeOvOI
— Ann Arnold (@ann_arnold) November 19, 2017
RT if you’re into your 12th hour of watching the Bob Katter video
— Chris Currie (@furioushorses) November 19, 2017
anyway here’s a new monologue I’ll be performing at parties pic.twitter.com/3spphgh5xy
— mat whitehead (@matwhi) November 19, 2017