Breakfast radio is often a place of soulless selling out; of lie detectors; of gimmicks and catchphrases; of puerile sound effects and Nickelback.
Osher Gunsberg, 41, just swooshed a nice, cleansing breath of fresh air over that barren landscape with some beautiful honesty about sexuality.
Gunsberg, who’s added radio hosting on Brisbane’s hit105 to his The Bachelor/ette schedule, was being initiated into his new role this morning by co-host Abby Coleman.
In a segment called “Buzzfeed” in which Gunsberg was hooked up to an electric shock device, he was asked three questions — only one of which he was allowed to refuse to answer, or “buzz” on.
Not sure exactly how Gunsberg’s colleagues were planning to enforce this rule, but it didn’t matter — he was completely candid.
“When you went on a date with your now fiancée, the first time you went on a date she didn’t even know it was a date because she thought you were gay. Have you ever experimented with the same sex?” Coleman asked Gunsberg.
Without pause or hesitation, Gunsberg responded:
“I’m a firm believer of the fact that you’ve got to go on all the rides at Dreamworld before you find the one you want to stay on all day. I don’t think I’m out of the ordinary by saying, yeah, I’ve pashed a few blokes but, you know, it’s not for me.
“I don’t believe that anyone’s… that sexuality is a polarised thing. Sexuality happens… it’s a grey, kind of moving, fluid dynamic. Let’s just say your early 20s are there for a reason and the things that you test out are, you know… I’ve got no problems talking about that I’ve pashed a bloke or two.”
He’s not the only one talking about embracing boy-on-boy love. A few weeks ago, Rob “Millsy” Mills went on Em Rusciano’s podcast and talked openly about being “a little bit gay”.
In our Aussie, sport-heavy, beer-swilling culture, with its extremely narrow definitions of sexuality (especially for men), this is a bold new world. A bold, brilliant new world.
Gunsberg announced his engagement to make-up artist Audrey Griffin a week ago.
Nice one, Osh.
Osher sat down with Creative Director Mia Freedman for her podcast No Filter. Here’s more from him: