A RADIO DJ has been suspended for suggesting that ‘librarian-type moustached’ women should not breastfeed in public.
Alex Dyke said that it was ‘unnatural’ and a throwback to the Stone Age during his show on BBC Radio Solent on Wednesday prompting complaints on social media and the petition on change.org.
During the 10am show, his comments included: ‘It is 2015. Ladies, mums, we don’t like breastfeeding in public, honestly we don’t. I experienced this yesterday. I was on a bus and there was a lady on this bus. She was quite a big girl and she had a toddler with her. She starts to breastfeed her baby on the bus. I didn’t know where to look. She’s putting me in an embarrassing situation.
‘I didn’t really realise what was going on. I just thought she was cuddling a baby and then I looked over and I realised. I wanted to look away but the bus was packed. Breastfeeding is unnatural. I know its natural but it’s kind of unnatural. It’s the kind of thing which should be done in a quiet and private nursery. We don’t want it in public.
‘It was OK in the Stone Age when we knew no better and people didn’t even have their own teeth. A public area is not the place for it. It’s not a great look.’
Mr Dyke also said: ‘Making love is the most natural thing in the world but you wouldn’t do it on the number 15. I blame the Earth-mothers, the ones who wear hessian.’
The petition, started by Maisie Jameson, has now reached more 5,500.
She wrote: ‘There is already a stigma around breastfeeding, and we don’t need ill-educated mysoginists like Alex Dyke to make it even more apparent.
‘In fact he was right. We’re not in the Stone Age anymore – we’re in the 21st century. Breastfeeding is completely natural, and people must remember that breasts are for feeding – not for men.’
Emma Kirby posted on Twitter: ‘Another moron with misogynistic views about breastfeeding on the radio. Get rid of this idiot!’
The show is currently unavailable on the BBC iplayer radio website.