Kyle Sandilands rants about Sam Smith’s non-binary pronouns


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KIIS FM shock jock Kyle Sandilands has struggled to get his head around Sam Smith’s non-binary pronouns in an on-air rant.

Sam came out as non-binary last year, and asks that people use the pronouns “they/them”, not “he/him”.

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But on the Kyle and Jackie O Show on Tuesday, Kyle queried that if he had to use the gender-neutral language he should also be allowed to use racial slurs.

“I’m sick of this. Why should I have to do this?” Sandilands fumed.

“I’ll now be allowed to use the N-word because I identify as a black woman. Is that right? Is that how it works?”

No, Kyle. Co-host Jackie O replied, “That’s the way it is these days, hun.”

But Kyle continued, “I’m not buying into the ‘their’. I can’t. It’s too much.

“‘They’re an absolute sweetie,’ like there’s two of them.”

Jackie then shared the simple rule she uses to remember to address Sam correctly.

“When you’re talking to [them], imagine you’re talking to The Veronicas. That’s how I do it,” she said.

Sam Smith explains their non-binary identity

Explaining their non-binary identity last year, Sam Smith said they made the announcement after “a lifetime of being at war” with their gender.

“Non-binary or genderqueer is that you do not identify in a gender,” Sam said in March last year.

“You are a mixture of all different things. You are your own special creation. That’s how I take it, I am not male or female.

“I think I float somewhere in between. It’s all on the spectrum.”

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But Sam told The Project in February they’re not offended when people “trip up” over their pronouns, as long as they make an effort.

“I trip up too! Of course I do, I’m a human being,” they told interviewer Carrie Bickmore.

“I have been called ‘he and him’ since the day I was born, you know, 27 years of my life. So I can understand.

“My mum, all the time, she’ll call me ‘he/him’ and then she gets angry with herself. It’s okay. But it is important, you know?

“All I can say is that when people use my pronouns correctly, it’s a wonderful feeling. I feel safe, I feel happy, and I feel completely seen.”

Sam continued, “I was actually in Australia, I was in Brisbane on tour, with my second tour The Thrill of it All.

“I had a massive night out at the end of the tour and I was drunk at 3am with my bandmates and friends in my room.

“I just started hearing about the term non-binary. I’d never heard it before.

“The pronoun thing for me just felt like a flag in the ground, like this is how I want to be treated by everyone.”

Last week, the singer revealed they believe they had an unconfirmed case of coronavirus, but they had since recovered.

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