Ross Cameron, an Australian TV presenter and avowed supporter of United States President Donald Trump, has officially had his contract from Sky News terminated following his racist comment targeting Chinese people by describing them as “slanty-eyed” and “yellow skin.”
Part of me doesn’t want to give this any attention, but this is nasty even by the low standards of Sky News and Outsiders. Ross Cameron and Rowan Dean: don’t complain if you’re called racist and bigoted. That describes your program accurately https://t.co/tozHGAjsUx
— Tim Soutphommasane (@timsout) November 1, 2018
Cameron, a co-host of the show “Outsiders,” was recently sacked by the network for his offensive remark against Chinese people right after he defended China against allegations that the country is attempting to infiltrate Australia’s intelligence system during the October 30 broadcast, according to The Guardian.
“And I am just saying to you the Chinese civilisation is the oldest continuing civilisation in the world, OK, it is not going anywhere,” Cameron said, “1.4 billion people – it has got about a sixth of the world’s population. All of them are studying English.”
“If you go to the Disneyland in Shanghai, on any typical morning of the week, you’ll see 20,000 black-haired, slanty-eyed, yellow-skinned Chinese desperate to get into Disneyland because they like and enjoy and embrace many aspects of western culture.”
Following the controversial comment, Cameron, while speaking to 2GB on Friday, November 2, stated that he was “happy to apologize” for what he said during the broadcast.
“I think it was clumsy and it could have been done better and it was a failure on my part, definitely,” the host said. “If you read the comments in their totality, they represent the single strongest defence of the Chinese made by any public figure in Australia for the last several months. There was absolutely no intention to offend, but I am happy to apologise for it, for anyone who has taken offence.”
Sky News then released a statement regarding Cameron’s termination days after his racist remark gets noticed online.
Statement from Sky News Chief Executive Paul Whittaker regarding Ross Cameron. pic.twitter.com/wepBbYd5dT
— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) November 2, 2018
“Sky News is committed to robust discussion and debate, however, this language is totally unacceptable and has no place on any of our platforms, nor in modern Austrailian society,” the statement, signed by Sky News Chief Executive Paul Whittaker, reads.
“We apologize for any hurt or offense caused by the remarks made by Ross Cameron on the program.”