Phat Joe has powers available from BCCSA that are not for other broadcasters
Phat Joe is off the hook with the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA (BCCSA) after it ruled that comments made by the guests on his 1 Magic show Cheeky Palate on October 9 didn’t advocate hatred against the LGBTIQ+ community.
The ruling comes after 16 people lodged complaints about comments they deemed homophobic on his television program.
The guests included Nobuntu Webster, Gerry Eldson, Gogo Dineo, Joshua Maponga, and Zwai Bala, who offered different views on a variety of topics, including spirituality and homosexuality.
“ … the discussion on homosexuality wasn’t such it advocated for hatred against the LGBTIQ+ community,” the BCCSA stated in its adjudication.
“What was central in what was said as far as homosexuality cares were that the Bible prohibits it — that homosexuality may be a sin.
“Gerry went further to state that despite homosexuality being prohibited by the Bible, homosexual people are still guaranteed ‘the love of God’.
“ … the guests acknowledged the supremacy of our constitution. The result, therefore, is that even where people are dedicated to their religious indoctrinations, they need no choice but to abide by the constitution, it is the law.”
Some of the complainants were further aggrieved by the very fact that Phat Joe and Maponga have allegedly been linked to homophobic remarks within the past. The BCCSA didn’t find the relevance during this matter.
“The BCCSA may only judge what was said on the printed complained of. What was said by either the host or Joshua on another occasion isn’t essential to the present adjudication,” it said.
The BCCSA also found that the episode wasn’t harmful to children.
“A child of enough intelligence to grasp the printed in contention would either have already got set biblical beliefs, unlikely to be changed by the printed or have dissenting beliefs or merely require guidance,” the BCCSA judgment reads.
The BCCSA found that the episode was also balanced.
“The issue of faith and homosexuality is indeed a problem of public importance. Several atrocities are committed against the LGBTIQ+ community by those intolerant members of society,” it stated.
“However as pertains to fairly presenting opposing views, this was achieved within the broadcast. Dineo explained that her child was a member of the LGBTIQ+ community and an open discussion ensued.
“She was clearly not in conformity with the view that homosexuality may be a sin. The opposing viewpoints intrinsically needn’t be judged by the number of guests who supported Dineo’s views, the lucidity of her views was enough to supply the balance required.”
This is not the primary time that Phat Joe has been embroiled in controversy over homophobic comments. Last year, he was achieved Radio 2000 after he made comments about the gay community on his show.
In 2017, while working for regional KwaZulu-Natal station East Coast Radio, Phat Joe was taken to the BCCSA and therefore the station was fined R30,000 for comments he made about mongolism.