– With AAP
1. Erin Molan apologises over Channel Nine footy show’s fat-shaming segment.
Taylor, who now plays for Central Queensland Capras in the state’s next tier league, was featured during the “Gutsy Player of the Week” segment. The accompanying vision was him walking around, with the cruel implication clear.
Panel members, including Erin Molan, Brad Fittler, Joel Caine laughed and commented on the player’s appearance.
"He was a gun player in his day, wasn’t he?" Molan said, while Fittler disingenuously added: "What an athlete."
Caine took it one step further, saying: "Well Dave, look, it’s a three-letter word, fit... but it’s very easy to turn the ‘i’ into an ‘a’, that’s all I’m saying — get that ‘a’ back to an ‘i’."
On social media, viewers shared their disgust at the segment, labelling it "really pathetic", "absolutely disgusting", a "disgrace" and calling for the hosts to apologise to Taylor.
@Erin_Molan @JoelCaine absolutely disgusting fat shaming Dave Taylor goes to show the double standards in the media industry. No wonder Australia man have the highest suicide rates in the world should be sacked by @Channel9 but we know that won't happen
— Mitchell Rose (@MitchyRosey97) August 13, 2018