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Josh Thomas vs. Bob Katter

Josh Thomas vs. Bob Katter

On October 6th,
comedian Josh Thomas and Australian politician Bob Katter were panelists on
ABC’s Mental As themed “Q and A.” The “Please Like Me” star went head to head
with the controversial politician in regards to mental health and suicide rates
in the Australian LGBTQ community. The debate ensued when an audience member commented
on Katter’s denial of homosexuals having mental health issues, stating,  “I would say that your reluctance to address
homosexuals and their civil rights is detrimental to their mental health.” 

Katter immediately
responded, “I’m quite happy to address that issue anytime anyone brings that to
me” (meaning that homosexuals are not his top priority). Thomas interrupted
Katter’s jumbled rant on priorities by saying, “I think probably the issue,
right, is you say that it’s not a priority, but you talk about it quite a bit. And
when you do talk about it, you say awful things.” 

Thomas continued
to attack Katter in regards to comments he made in the past, including Katter’s
1989 comment that no homosexuals lived in North Queensland  (“But then when you go out and you deny the
existence of homosexuals in North Queensland. They exist. There’s an app called
Grindr, I’ll put it on your phone.”).

The clip below
ends with Thomas brilliantly attacking Katter’s belief that he has grown and
matured as a person. “All
you need to do…She asked the question you say, ‘You know what, I’ve said some
stuff in the past, it was a mistake, I understand now. It’s hurting people’s
mental health. It’s part of the problem, not part of the solution. I’m sorry.
Hooray for gay people. Here’s some glitter’.” 

To give context to Katter’s
views on homosexuality (and as a fun compliment to the heated debate between
Thomas and Katter), here’s an attack ad that Katter’s Australian Party (that’s
the name of the political party) released against Campbell Newman. Enjoy:



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