Kyle Sandilands raises eyebrows with comments on his ‘trip’ of an Aboriginal singer on Australian Idol: ‘I love you Kyle, but please just stop’
- Australian artist Royston Sagigi Payra performed at the show
- It was ‘fantastic,’ said Sandilands, one of the judges.
- He said he knew his “flight” because he had Aboriginal relatives
Radio star Kyle Sandilands managed to get comments he made to Australian finalist Royston Sagigi-Bayra after his performance on the hit show.
Sandilands, who is a judge alongside Harry Connick Jr., Meghan Trainor and Amy Shark, told the 24-year-old Indigenous Australian he knows his “flight” because he has Aboriginal relatives.
Not many people know this about me, but my brother and sister are Aboriginal, and my sister also has three or four Aboriginal adopted children. And I know your journey is not always an easy one, but you shine like a bright sun on this stage every time,” Kyle said.
However, some native viewers said Kyle’s comments regarding the singer made them feel uncomfortable, after native NITV shared a video of the moment on TikTok.
The video is interspersed with “satirical reaction” clips from famous black comedians and actors.
‘just no! As a fair-skinned woman from Wiradjuri, I have no idea of the suffering my brown-skinned sister faces every day,” one claimed.
Skin color doesn’t matter, how can you tell this person’s journey when they’re a stranger to you? What else said is an insulting statement.
A third added, “Trust a narcissist to hold it back to themselves when a person of color is having their moment in the spotlight.”
A fourth added: “I’m sure there will be a real struggle in your Bentley.”
A fifth said, “I feel uncomfortable when people start doing that. What do you want a medal?
Another claimed, “He may be aware of our people’s journey, but not the actual journey or ordeals through actual experiences.”
Kyle’s comments caused an uproar on social media with many saying they were ’embarrassing’
Sandilands said Royston’s performance was “fantastic” and then said he understood his journey because his siblings and “three or four” of his sister’s adoptive children are Aboriginal
Another wrote: “I love you Kyle, but please just stop. I have black and Asian friends and I still don’t know their journey.
Sandilands has a rich history as a judge on the show – once telling Australian star Jessica Mauboy to “lose her jelly belly.”
He was dropped from the show in 2009 because producers felt his Kyle and Jackie O radio show on KIISFM was inconsistent with the show’s family theme, but was brought back in for a reboot due to its popularity.
Sandilands described Royston’s final performance, which earned him a place in the final three, as “outstanding”.
You are one in a million. People said they love you.
Royston will compete with Phoebe Stewart and Josh Hannan in the Australian Idol Grand Final.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Sandilands management for comment.
Phoebe Stewart, Josh Hannan and Roston will compete in the Australian Idol Grand Final
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