Content warning: This post discusses sexual assault and violence against women and may be triggering for some readers.
Hump Day With Scotty And Swanny is one of Australia’s top 20 podcasts.
But yesterday, in the middle of a storm of controversy, the hosts announced they wouldn’t be making any more episodes.
“22 weeks of laughs among ourselves and ppl who chose to listen and be part of it,” the podcast’s Twitter account declared. “Thanks very much everyone. It was fun while it lasted.”
22 weeks of laughs among ourselves and ppl who chose to listen and be part of it. Thanks very much everyone. It was fun while it lasted ???? #humpday #scottyandswanny #thanksandgoodnight https://t.co/m1mBf7LXyC
— @scottyandswanny (@scottyandswanny) July 2, 2019
So what happened?
Who are Scotty and Swanny?
Scotty is Scott Cummings, who played for Essendon, Port Adelaide, West Coast Eagles and Collingwood in the AFL, winning the Coleman Medal in 1999 for being the AFL’s top goalscorer. Since retiring from football he’s worked in radio and for the Fox Footy Channel.
Swanny is former AFL player Dane Swan, who helped Collingwood to a premiership in 2010 and won the Brownlow Medal in 2011. He went on I’m A Celebrity in 2017 and finished runner-up to Casey Donovan.
The third person who was part of the Hump Day podcast was Ralph Horowitz, a former producer of The Footy Show, now working as a horse-racing analyst.
What did they say in the podcast that was so controversial?
In the June 18 podcast, the trio take up a suggestion by one of their listeners to search “dirty” and then their names on the website Urban Dictionary.
“A dirty Ralph… occurs when you try and sneak up behind a girl who is on all fours throwing up,” Cummings says.
“That’s not too bad,” Swan replies.
Cummings goes on to describe a “dirty Dane”, reading the definition from the website: “After a frustrating evening involving a lack of sexual activity a man is forced to pleasure himself through masturbation while the woman sleeps. He retaliates at the unwilling woman by spreading his love on her face, thereby causing her to wake up and mumble like a Danish person.”