Complaint made about "kick in the testicles" comment on RTÉ 2FM upheld by the BAI
Eoghan McDermott asked RTE Director General Dee Forbes who she'd most like to kick in the testicles.
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has upheld a complaint regarding a question asked by Eoghan McDermott on RTÉ 2FM in March of this year.
During an interview with Dee Forbes, RTÉ's Director General, McDermott asked her who she would most like to kick in the testicles.
The complainant found the comment offensive and discriminatory towards men and was of the view that it promoted violence against men.
The complainant also felt that the comment was insensitive and was unjustified, and that Forbes, in her role of Director General, should have corrected the comment.
The BAI found that the comment was not necessarily discriminatory towards men, and did not agree that it could be considered as supporting discrimination against any person or group in society.
However, they did find that despite the segment being a light-hearted, recurring joke, the reference to kicking a man in the testicles was not justified.
As a result, the Committee decided to uphold this element of the complaint.
This was one of two complaints to be upheld by the BAI, as five of the complaints were rejected.
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