Champion boxer Anthony Mundine has caused outrage after claiming same-sex couples are “confusing to society”.
As Channel Ten announced Mundine would be parachuted into the new season of reality series I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here as camp leader, Mundine spoke to Fairfax Media about his thoughts on gender, sexuality and religion.
On Sunday night’s show, Mundine proclaimed, “I should have been born in the ‘40s and ‘50s.
“I’m from their sort of era, their traits and their beliefs back then, where the men were the men and the women were the women. Not the man trying to be the woman and the woman trying to be the man.”
Mundine, who converted to Islam in 1999, told Fairfax Media: “My biggest fear is Allah and if Allah prohibits it, then it’s wrong.
“I was always taught that two genders together is natural, it’s what’s meant to be.
“Male and male, or female and female, is just confusing to society.”
He also singled out the ABC claiming the broadcaster “promotes” homosexuality to young people.
But Mundine said that one of his best friends is gay and he has no problems with gay people.
“That’s their prerogative, all I can do is warn them,” he said.
“I always tell my gay friend, ‘You’ve got to find a lady… God will judge you, not me.’”
The reality show kicked off on Sunday night, with nine contestants including tennis player Bernard Tomic, actor Kerry Armstrong, comedian Peter Rowsthorn and 1980s pop star Tiffany entering the South African campsite.
Mundine’s comments drew criticism on social media.
Oh, Anthony Mundine trying to stay relevant. What a stain. pic.twitter.com/siHBjSLzPR
— Casey Conway (@caseyconway_) January 28, 2018
and that’s it, I’m not freaking watching it til he leaves
— Sarah Kathleen (@sezziekathleen) January 28, 2018
I was really looking forward to this season of I’m A Celebrity… but I just can’t support anything that involves the consistently gross Anthony Mundine. pic.twitter.com/S0IQaWJH1R
— Shannon Molloy (@sleemol) January 28, 2018
@Anthony_Mundine Out of touch with society.
— Matt (@m_attj) January 29, 2018
“Who can we get to be a bigger douche than Tomic? Get Mundine on the phone!” #ImACelebrityAU
— cameron adams (@cameron_adams) January 28, 2018
Anthony Mundine – go educate yourself. That is all I have to say!
— Elias J Kheir (@ekheir89) January 29, 2018