Australian politician Bob Katter told the media recently that being gay is merely ‘a fashion trend' in an effort to blame marriage equality for suddenly creating new wave of gay people, reports Newsweek.
Campaigning in the northwestern state of Queensland, the eccentric member of Parliament from northern Australia said, “In my whole life up to 50, I have never seen or heard of a homosexual person.”
A strange statement since the politician’s very own brother came out to him when he was 18-years-old.
Saying he “didn’t want to waste any time on it,” Katter declared, “Now, it’s fashionable, it’s just like a fashion trend.”
“Tomorrow there’ll be another fashion,” he added.
He also criticized anti-bullying campaigns calling them 'pro-homosexual.'
The 73-year-old has a history of mocking the gay community.
In 2014, he denied the existence of LGBTQ people in his electorate.
During the public campaign for same-sex marriage in 2017, he accused LGBTQ folks of ‘taking’ the word gay from the straight world.
He also made a strange ‘Jekyll/Hyde’ comment to the press saying “People are entitled to their sexual proclivities. Let there be a thousand blossoms bloom as far as I’m concerned.”
Then, in an odd twist of tone, added, “But I ain’t spending any time on it because in the mean time, every three months, a person is torn to pieces by a crocodile in North Queensland.”
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It probably won’t surprise you to learn that after years of being a member of Australia’s National Party, he separated himself from his colleagues and began his own, self-titled political party, Katter’s Australian Party.