Gareth Cliff reported for sexist remark

2011-09-12 11:40
Johannesburg - 5FM DJ Gareth Cliff is in trouble with the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA), reports The Mercury.

eThekwini DA councillor Tex Collins reportedly laid the complaint with the BCCSA after being "appalled" by Cliff's remarks during an interview on his show with Angela Larkan of, an organisation which helps children left vulnerable due to HIV/Aids.

The shock jock reportedly said "girls of 22 usually do nothing but lie on their backs with their legs open", after hearing that Larkan started her humanitarian work at that age.

In response to the statement, Collins said: "He sends out the message that every young girl is nothing but a prostitute and a whore."

The registrar for the BCCSA has said that the complaint would be investigated.

However, according to Cliff's manager, his statement was misunderstood and he actually said most 22-year-olds were "looking to have fun".

Larkan has confirmed that Cliff did indeed make the original comment, although she paid no attention to it during the interview.

The complaint against Cliff comes just days after Jacaranda 94.2 DJ Darren Scott quit his job following a racist slur he made towards a colleague. 



  • Antionette - 2011-09-12 12:00

    This Jock is actually speaking the truth!!!! At least he has got the guts to name it

      RoyalDutch - 2011-09-12 12:31

      I think that Gareth Cliff is an idiot who speaks before he thinks. On par with Malema.

      betweenu&me - 2011-09-12 12:40

      @Antionette: Really? Now we know what you did at the age of 22!

      Jason - 2011-09-12 12:55

      Antionette that is exactly what Malema's supporters say ..

      ET - 2011-09-12 13:00

      I heard the interview and wasn't offended. Most young people just want "a good time" at that age... We were all young... the ppl that are complaining clearly forgot what they got up to!

      kenroid - 2011-09-12 14:32

      While I don't know about it being quite the truth. The way that he expresses himself does tend to create controversy and thus more publicity to the matter at hand. There is that saying - no publicity is bad publicity...

  • Kiran08 - 2011-09-12 12:10

    People should grow up!!!

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-12 12:27

      True, wasn't Gareth that lightie from Two & a Half Men ?..

      dappies - 2011-09-12 12:53

      Including Gareth Cliff

  • Robbie - 2011-09-12 12:14

    The DA should focus on more important matters...

      ronheidtmann - 2011-09-12 14:05

      Could not agree with you more!

  • Jimmy636 - 2011-09-12 12:21

    oh god. next we're going to have the 'thought police' chasing private citizens.

      sahiphopmixtapes - 2011-09-12 14:05

      on point

      horsehair - 2011-09-12 15:10

      no it's a public announcement you idiot. You sound like a Cliff listener

  • thabatao - 2011-09-12 12:22

    Well girls of between 12 and 22 do it htese days without thinking of the consquences. A large amount do it for the child grant they get. Then they don't need to work. They get AIDS meds for free and they get the fun out of it. Gareth is not far wrong, is he.

      Mark Singh - 2011-09-12 12:56

      but he is generalising and this is not fair to women who are not what he thinks they are

      O-Kay - 2011-09-12 13:31

      I'm not too sure which girls you are refering to. I'd like to point out that in my experience of decent girls who are raised with Morals, between 12???? and 22 they are actually still quite proud of their self control. I'm sure there is a certain 'class' of girl who doesn't think highly enough of herself to maintain some sort of decorum.

      Point Blank - 2011-09-12 14:34

      @Mark, you clearly didn't hear the interview.

  • Lesley Lilley - 2011-09-12 12:23

    Pathetic! People need to lighten up and not take everything that others say, so seriouly or literally.

  • Thor - 2011-09-12 12:25

    The statement is not factually correct that is why he is being written up. I know a lot of guys spending endless weekens looking for 22 years olds doing what gareth said. No luck.

      O-Kay - 2011-09-12 13:31


  • Jeeva - 2011-09-12 12:26

    He is clearly in the wrong. It's 14-16 YO not 22.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-09-12 12:27

    So where are these girls and does anyone have their numbers?

  • Trevor - 2011-09-12 12:30

    Well...the man is not far off as the majority of pregnant females in SA are not EVEN 22..most still in school humping for the State Welfare payout.

  • Agro69 - 2011-09-12 12:31

    Didn't hear the interview, but does no-one have a sense of humour anymore????

  • JJ - 2011-09-12 12:34

    Goodness - who doesn't know what Gareth Cliff is like by now !!!!!! He jokes about everyone - even his own family...even himself... Maybe some of us should lighten up a bit , at least he tries to brighten up the day for his thousands of listeners...... He is also funny on the Idols auditions - especially the provincial auditions ( Where he will poke fun at anyone given a chance)

      Eva Bogiages - 2011-09-12 12:47

      How on earth do you find HUMOUR in Cliff's disgusting generalisation about all 22 year old women? And this comment "brightens up your day"? You need help!

      JJ - 2011-09-12 13:54

      Eva, this might be a seperate incident - what I meant was, take it with a bit of salt , if you know he always jokes around don't crucify him on one joke made in bad taste.....he is actually a funny guy...

      Point Blank - 2011-09-12 14:36

      @Andy, like you doing on an Internet forum??? Hahahaha.... you the useless little twerp!

      Eva Bogiages - 2011-09-12 20:18

      JJ, Gareth Cliff has made too many jokes in bad taste. He is a public figure who should know better. If he decides to invite a guest onto his show to talk about how children are left vulnerable to AIDS, surely it makes sense to show some kind of sensitivity and INSIGHT to her cause. His comment was (once again) in poor taste and showed his lack of understanding and emotional intelligence. Cliff is like a rebellious teenager who will do or say anything to get some kind of attention, even if the attention is negative. Clever wit is always welcome, but ignorant, base and distasteful comments have no place in the public arena.

  • AdamE - 2011-09-12 12:34

    just cause something maybe true it is not necessary to state it in such a lewd statement.

      Oldbuck - 2011-09-12 13:20

      sometimes its the only wey to get the point across

      Daemos1 - 2011-09-12 16:06

      Sometimes radio DJ's are hired because they are contraversial and lewd it's the way opf the world maybe emigrate to Narnia, no radios there

  • Gavin - 2011-09-12 12:39

    It is his civic duty to lodge a complaint, if he sees fit to do so. Allow the process to roll itself out. Gareth is innocent until the outcome.

  • Eva Bogiages - 2011-09-12 12:44

    The Ignoramus is at it again! Shame, was he "misunderstood" again? Poor Gareth Cliff - he must be the most "misunderstood" twit in the universe! Just for ONCE I'd like to see Cliff take responsibility for his insults towards others. Just ONCE! History will be made. But alas, there just is no cure or remedy for a low IQ. Shame.

      Lauren - 2011-09-13 16:00

      Eva banging on about Cliff insulting others...all the while doing the same thing. You are flinging around alot of mud there, girl. Watch out, the kettle might just turn around and having a go at you!

  • Chenee Kumm - 2011-09-12 12:46

    wat did he actually say on the radio that everyone is going on bout???

      O-Kay - 2011-09-12 13:33

      Try reading the article.

  • Fredster69 - 2011-09-12 12:47

    This guy is a chop and needs to get off the radio

      Adrian - 2011-09-12 14:28

      Change the station if you don't like.

      Daemos1 - 2011-09-12 16:05

      Yeah, listen to other DJ's who yuse words odf 1 syllable so people can keep up. why does the word 'syllable' have so many syllables

  • Sandy - 2011-09-12 12:57

    Mountain......molehill ?

      dot - 2011-09-12 13:10

      yes i agree. a lot of time will now be spent on a useless, general remark. if the shoe fits wear it - otherwise just let it go! why all the fuss? we hear general remarks like this one everyday. every number published about anything is a generalization anyway, an average - so is his remark.

      fullmoon - 2011-09-12 13:12

      exactly, and who really cares what cliff says anyway?

  • Nathan - 2011-09-12 13:01

    You are all a bunch of cry babies..................get a what if Gareth said !!!!!!!!!....and Darren Scott said !!!!!!!!!!!!, who cares.........say what you want to GENTS.

      pop101 - 2011-09-12 14:03

      Like Malema?

      Point Blank - 2011-09-12 14:37

      @pop101, no comparison.

  • Big mack - 2011-09-12 13:04

    If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck then in most is a duck!!

      Daemos1 - 2011-09-12 16:05

      What about the other cases where it isn't bloody trans-species geese

  • Thabz - 2011-09-12 13:05

    arg man..Tex must get a life...

  • N - 2011-09-12 13:05

    I guess one of these days just reporting for work will be reason for instant dismissal.

  • Ashlea - 2011-09-12 13:06

    what a load of crap! I heard that conversation and Gareth was messing around like he always does! Besides, after he made the comment - he said he was joking! People are so pathetic and really dont have anything better do to! Get a life Tex - it's free!!!

  • nukemdukum - 2011-09-12 13:08

    Pity we take so much offence to everything......grow up - move on

  • Justin - 2011-09-12 13:08

    Cliff is a twit, stopped listening to 5fm because of him. Idiot

      Kurt Roman - 2011-09-12 13:40

      I don't even watch IDOLs because of him

  • onthefence - 2011-09-12 13:08

    Gareth is not sexy....retract that statement!!

  • Espanyol - 2011-09-12 13:13

    Gareth Cliff and Julius Malema!! (one thing)

      Oldbuck - 2011-09-12 13:23

      i dont agree- with one of them when you look up his enlarged nostrils you can see light

  • Kurt Roman - 2011-09-12 13:37

    reading the comment, I suppose it is not sexist to say that or generalize about "22 year old women"

  • x - 2011-09-12 13:41

    Tex Collins get a life.

  • mabsie - 2011-09-12 13:42

    Oops come on Gareth. Wash mouth out with Lifebuoy soap. Not nice.

  • Southern - 2011-09-12 13:56

    Nothing better to do? Gareth Cliff at least has some guts to say things not many people say anymore. Not sure about this comment, but if the interview partner was not even offended or did not reprimand him during the interview, then really it is a bit of a waste of time. Like I am actually commenting on this...

  • Greegs - 2011-09-12 14:08

    Gareth is an idiot! If he was double jointed he'd kiss his own ass!

      Point Blank - 2011-09-12 14:39

      Why do haters have a fascination about asses? They either want to stick things up there or watch people kissing them... freaks.

  • Mike - 2011-09-12 14:28

    By the end of today 50 people would have died violently in this country and we are spending time on a comment about the promiscuity of the youth? Get some perspective SA, if he had of said 'I believe that 22 year olds are promiscuous' then people would be focusing on what the interview was actually about. But because he got a little more graphic we want to burn him at the stake? Really?

  • Bruce Banner - 2011-09-12 14:38

    in my days in school we got into trouble for smoking behind the gym...nowadays you hear stories everyday of girls as young as 12-13 having orgies at school while being filmed on correct me if I'm wrong...but why is everybody so upset with what Gareth said? ...ever heard the saying...if the shoe fits? People are often VERY quick to say something when a generalisation is made about women...yet nobody gives a damn when it's the other way around...I say don't worry so much about what Gareth goes on about in his intervies...he's known to stir things up.

  • Cliff - 2011-09-12 14:46

    Tex, get a bloody life!

  • @ - 2011-09-12 15:18

    if darren scott has been criticised for making racist remarks... gareth cliff should be for making sexist remarks... they are both unconstitutional and both demeaning and insulting the dignity of those insulted... scott's comment was about one person... but felt by a hole race... cliff's was made about a whole generation of women... does anyone wonder why women abuse and rape is such an appalling problem in south africa? it starts here with people like cliff making comments for shock value... and it's continued by people here on this blog defending his offensive comments... in the race case against malema the judge said this morning... "words undermined the dignity of people and were discriminatory and harmful." how were cliffs words any different...? you people are sycophants or bigots... most probably sycophantic bigots... wake up people... women abuse and rape in south africa are serious problems... joking about them is perverse and offensive... when it happens to you as a woman or to a wife, daughter mother of yours... don't expect any sympathy... you have contributed to the problem.

      Kealeboga Bogatsu - 2011-09-27 16:37

      U right there...something must be done!

  • Optimistic81 - 2011-09-12 15:37

    I listened to that interview, and really now!! i listen to Gareth purely because he says things as he sees it. I'm not saying that all 22 year olds are promiscious or sleep around, but i'm sure that he sees things while out at nightclubs behind the dj booth. i prefer that someone calls a spade a spade and not a pretty object that i use in the garden.

      Eva Bogiages - 2011-09-13 22:11

      That's the problem: Gareth Cliff says things as HE sees it! He has limited vision and absolutely no insight.

  • koeln - 2011-09-12 15:38

    it is an embarrassment that the only alternative to the ruling anc is a party which is ultra-conservative and has no sense of humour. cliff certainly is no sexist. am slowly but surely fed up with this country and it s hypocrites.

  • gatvol - 2011-09-12 16:08

    What applied to Darren Scott should apply to Gareth Cliff - it is appalling the way he uses his public stand to slur and call people, who does not agree with his viewpoint, names

  • Al - 2011-09-13 09:32

    As usual, when things are taken out of context they tend to be misunderstood. I heard the interview and it was not said maliciously or meant to be sexist of that I am positive!

  • Penny - 2011-09-13 11:20

    Yeh heard it, Thought it was funny at the time , but can see how it can offend some. Take a breathe now and then Cliff before you speak, hope they don't axe you though! Your humour brings light o my life every now and then when 702 gets to serious - a 60 + citizen female.

  • IhateYou - 2011-09-20 10:01

    It is rather sad for all those finding Gareth's comment offensive. He meant 22 yr old are lazy, they want everything served. "lying on their back and openning legs' simply means they are too relaxed and you all jumping to say he meant whores?? Grow up, it just goes to show how many of you are idiots and cannot recognised humour when its not in black n white

  • Andre - 2011-09-27 15:41

    Look I don't like Gareth Cliff any more than I like cancer, but this is stupid, people are to sensitive about stupid things and way to slack on pressing matters, but it easier to take on a Radio Presenter than it is to sort out corruption or crime isn't it, and got to make a name somehow!

  • Kealeboga Bogatsu - 2011-09-27 16:34

    This dude always makes comments and gets away with it...he must be taken off the airways...I am tired of him am done with him....always have to say he ment no harm...well he harmed someone I tell u

  • Kealeboga Bogatsu - 2011-09-27 16:35

    Somebody do something about this people who say anything they want and want us to understand when they offend us....this Cliff dude must jst jump off a cliff and tired of him....think before u utter dude

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