Karl Stefanovic slammed as his “big mouth” oddly lands him award nomination

Recently, Karl Stefanovic copped major backlash when he used the word “tranny” to describe “a group of transvestites” who allegedly tried

Recently, Karl Stefanovic copped major backlash when he used the word “tranny” to describe “a group of transvestites” who allegedly tried to grab a camera from a Today reporter in Rio.

While reporter Christine Ahern described her would-be-thieves as “a group of transvestites”, Stefanovic quickly dug himself a hole when he said, “He has fought off tougher. Tougher trannies.”

Viewers were outraged and took to social media to berate the television host for his use of an outdated term and soon after that, Karl acknowledged he offended viewers and said he was ignorant to how damaging the word he used was.

“As we all know, I can be a complete tool, right? Well, yesterday I was worse — I was an ignorant tool,” Karl says.

“I pride myself, in my own weird way, of being across things. Yesterday I wasn’t. Yesterday, I got it wrong. I used a word, which I will now say for the last time ever. By using the word ‘tranny’, I offended an awful lot of beautiful and sensitive people. I honestly didn’t know the negative and deeply hurtful impact that word has, not only on member of the LGBTQI community, but on their family and friends,” he continues.

Now, it appears that the apology for his gaffe has earned Stefanovic a nomination for an award few people saw him ever earning – the Honour LGBTI Community Awards.

Stefanovic was one of six journalists announced in the media section for the Honour LGBTI Community Awards and several people have taken to social media to criticise the nomination.

The apology was highlighted as a reason for Stefanovic’s nomination on the award website, which called his comments “unfortunate”, and the apology as “groundbreaking” and “earnest”.

Stefanovic’s 60 Minutes story on young transgender people was also mentioned in the nomination.

What do you think of the turn of events?

  1. Di  

    Karl admitted his mistake in not knowing how his comments could & would hurt others. I too was not aware that the word he used would offend people. Life is full of learning experiences. I have learnt from his mistake. Karl is human, he is worthy of the nomination.

  2. Carole Morrison  

    Oh for heaven’s sake that is a load of rubbish. People need to get a life for heaven’s sake and a bloody sense of humour as well. Where has our Aussie sense of humour gone? Away with the whingers and moaners because they have nothing else to complain about! For crying out loud! If we lose our sense of Aussie humour then what do we have left? Stop whingeing people over nothing for heavens sake and enjoy life. Wake Up!

    • Maureen  

      Totally agree with you, Aussies are always shortening words thats what we do why is it different in this case. .l just can’t see the problem.

      • Christina  

        Me either. We are all becoming sooooooo precious. Let’s get real.

  3. Carole, how true. Get a life. Don’t apologise Karl. Folk can’t say anything these days without being vilified for it. It’s becoming BLOODY tedious. Everyone wants rights, everyone complains. Be a man Karl don’t bend. If folk are offended well men getting dressed as women is pathetic. There you go. I’m not afraid to say it as it is. Tranny. Transvetite. Who wants to know about men dressed as women. I bloody don’t. Get a life and stand your ground. I’m offended men dressed in women’s clothes that is far worse. Yuk, yuk and more yuk. There is NO excuse. Imagine what rants I’m gonna get. Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn. Be a man. Or you afraid to lose your job?

    • Yvonne  

      You are right Carole. Men dressed as women are pathetic. And if you don’t want to be called a tranny ,don’t dress as a woman and put yourself out in public view and get offended when you are called a tranny. Political correctness has become ridiculous!

  4. Warren  

    Karl is a jerk, not funny and a very ordinary journalist. I really believe he is jealous of his brother Pete, who has been all over the world covering real stories. Why does 9 fly Karl to places like Paris when there is s drama when they have very capable people on the ground – just polishing his ego.

    • Sharyn  

      It amazes me that people like you back stab a amazing talented man like karl I’m sure from your childish comments bringing up that karl would be jealous of his brother Pete. That you are the jealous fool. & need to get a grip karl makes my day & thousands of. Others. He is the best for a reason. HELLO.

  5. Jane Marstrand  

    I too was unaware of the negative implications “tranny” has, and I think Karl has been very gracious in his apology. Let’s move on folks, and, as another “commenter” said, let’s get our Australian sense of humour back – remember Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”? And if the LGBT has seen fit to nominate him for an award, good on them for their gracious acceptance of his sincere apology

  6. Who is this guy?… I’ve never heard of him

    • Sharyn  

      You’ve never heard of karl. Yeah right. What planet are you on

      • No, don’t know him….live in Perth, perhaps that is another planet! ….

        • Just googled him….some sort of TV presenter…that explains it, only watch ABC and SBS…and fox sport…

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