By now you've probably seen it: Australian politician and social conservative Bob Katter discussing his views on same-sex marriage, all before abruptly changing course to angrily decry the existence of man-eating crocodiles in his electorate. It's a hell of a video.
The short clip went viral last weekend, amassing thousands of retweets on Twitter, endless shares on Facebook, and huge international attention. I get it. He's funny! The dude fuckin' hates crocodiles. Overnight, Katter was even covered by Stephen Colbert on his late night show.
But all of this international attention focused on Katter has largely ignored the multiple controversies that have followed his long political career. It's important that, should you want to laugh with someone, you at least know how they really feel about things. So sit down, relax, and pay attention. Here are just a few doozies:
Last year, Katter caused controversy for a campaign ad he released the day after the Orlando mass-shooting in the US. In the ad, Katter shoots dead two of his political rivals. Katter's defence was that he had not heard about the Orlando massacre, despite it being the deadliest mass-shooting in US history at the time.
Katter also has multiple issues with the LGBT community. He was angry a few months ago because the word "gay" had been "taken", which meant he could no longer appreciate the word's original, poetic meaning.
Recently, after the nation voted "yes" to same-sex marriage becoming legal, Katter said he would still be voting "no" when legislation came up in the Senate.
The north Queensland MP has claimed there was no gay community in his electorate and that he would "walk backwards to Bourke" (a 130km walk) if there was.
And he also made enemies with Macklemore (Macklemore!!!) after it was announced the American rapper would be performing Same Love at the 2017 rugby league grand final. "Mate, it’s tantamount to seeping sewage into the debutante ball," he said.
Oh, also in 2015, Katter was filmed saying he "didn't want Muslims" in the country. "It is imperative that people from the Middle East and North Africa are barred from entering Australia," he said.
So, ah, yeah. The clip is certainly funny. But just so you know – Katter is a big old milkshake duck and you cannot deny it.
Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.
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