Not happy Jan. Councillor Jan Farell was on ABC radio this morning talking about our flamboyant mayor's latest costume change. Throwing aside the mayoral robes he revealed a bogan T-shirt, and says later that he didn't know what the slogan was. Oh yeah - coming from a person who loves publicity - good or bad - and pics in the papers and controversy - and spends half his life going through a massive wardrobe to pick something new!
Cr Lyons is coming under fire for his T-shirt. Picture: Mario Gregorio/Facebook
MAYOR Darryn Lyons has apologised for a sexist slogan on his naked Madonna T-shirt as Geelong Trades Hall leads the charge for action against him.
The Trades Hall will tomorrow write to Premier Dan Andrews expressing their concern “and seeking state intervention to end this behaviour”.
Cr Lyons sparked a social media backlash after he wore the T-shirt to his new Oktoberfest event featuring a naked hitchhiker holding a sign which reads “gas, grass or ass, no one rides for free”.
“I’m appalled that a city leader could be so insensitive in his understanding of such an important issue in society affecting so many people.,’ Geelong Trades Hall secretary Tim Gooden said.
Trades Hall is also convening an urgent meeting of the Geelong women’s unionist network to develop a response.
Public backlash has included protest signs being posted at City Hall, saying ``Love Geelong #No sexism”.
Cr Lyons, who had also appeared at the inaugural event in his mayoral robes, said he had no idea what was written on his T-shirt which featured a picture of the singer Madonna.
“I’ve got to apologise, I had no idea, it was just a famous photograph. I’ve now realised, someone told me what it said on it,” Cr Lyons said. “I understand that saying is inappropriate.”
Cr Lyons said he was not apologising for wearing the T-shirt or its full frontal nudity but he had “made a mistake in I didn’t realise what was written on the T-shirt”.
Cr Lyons posted this tweet in response to his critics.