Triple M apologises for Danny Lakey’s sex doll segment

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Danny Lakey, Triple M

Triple M has apologised for a segment in which Danny Lakey invited listeners to phone in to help create “the people’s sex doll”.

The segment, part of which can be heard below, involved callers and Lakey discussing the physical appearance of women, their preferences as well as a reference to slamming “her against the wall”.

In a letter responding to a complaint, Triple M Brisbane’s content director, Scott Menz, said Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) takes complaints of this nature “very seriously”.

“The comments made by Danny and the callers across these segments fell below the standards that we expect of our shows. We have removed these segments from our website and have spoken to Danny to reinforce our expectations and the high standards we demand from everyone who represents our brand,” he said.

He said Triple M did not wish to create content which was inappropriate, offensive or endorsed behaviour that encourages violence against women.

Lakey apologised on air on February 15 and “takes full responsibility for the comments that he put to air”.

“We too apologise that we have let you down in this instance and for the concern caused,” Menz added.

Lakey has also undergone additional training, as has the off-air team.

Mike Fitzpatrick, the head of the Triple M Network, also issued a statement.

“As a commercial broadcaster, SCA is always mindful of community standards. Any content that is inappropriate or offensive or that makes light of, or endorses, or appears to endorse, behaviour that is disrespectful towards any individual or encouraging violence against women, will not be tolerated.

“SCA takes any complaints of this nature very seriously. The comments made on the show fell below the standards that we expect of our shows.

“At the time these comments were made, SCA took decisive action to remove all offending content from the website and radio podcast. Additional training and education of the on- and off-air team was undertaken immediately and SCA has reinforced its own and the community’s expectations and the high standards we demand from everyone who represents our brands.

“Danny made an on-air apology the following day on 15 February 2021 and has unreservedly apologised.”

The Commercial Radio Code of Practice requires broadcasters to respond to complaints within 30 days. The complaint was written on February 12, the day after the segment went to air. SCA responded on March 11.

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22 Mar 2021 - 2:01 pm

Mike Fitzpatrick says he is concerned about content that is violent towards women, then he happily taps his foot to Brown Sugar by the Rolling Stones – a song about prostitute slaves being whipped?

22 Mar 2021 - 4:05 pm

The other day I tuned into 2Day Fm and I heard the song California Girls (by Katy Perry) and Snoop Dogg was rapping and salivating about all the women’s bootys in bikinis

2Day should remove half the songs on their playlist

Fred Cicconi
22 Mar 2021 - 5:54 pm

Hi everyone,I don’t know what Danny said,and I really don’t want to upset anyone.I find myself up late with the radio on and I won’t say too much,but there is a segment after midnight with talk back which has me reaching for the cd’s.Sorry. I love the music, keep it up. Cheers. Fred Cicconi. P.s can you play some “Alice in Chains” please.

22 Mar 2021 - 6:25 pm

What does Mike Fitzpatrick think of the AC/DC album Back In Black with songs like “What Do You Do For Money Honey” and “Giving The Dog A Bone”?

@Lisa @Claudine
22 Mar 2021 - 7:37 pm

Write a complaint to the station then. Take action. Don’t complain in an annoymos comment section on RT.

22 Mar 2021 - 10:05 pm

Guessing Fitzy is actually ok with this kind of behaviour? What a disgrace!

Tim Williams
23 Mar 2021 - 1:14 am

And Danny Lakey still works for Triple M?
Clearly, “the (supposed) high standards that SCA demands from everyone who represents their brands” can be readily overlooked when it suits them.
And reference to “the community’s expectations” is surely just paying lip service.
Is the Australian radio industry so devoid of upcoming creative talent with standards of decency that the likes of Danny Lakey continue to hold prime on air positions?

23 Mar 2021 - 1:50 am

This is fairly typical of SCA blokesy culture so I’m not surprised. Demeaning to woman, Moonman has form also.

Peter Johnson
23 Mar 2021 - 9:45 am

Does Mike Fitzpatrick also tap his foot to “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC?

“She was a fast machine,

She kept her motor clean,

She was the best damn woman that I ever seen”

Triple M is full of songs that are disrespectful towards women.

23 Mar 2021 - 11:23 am

Cancel culture – maybe we should cancel SCA because the majority of songs on Triple M are offensive

Can you believe they stil play Little China Girl by David Bowie?

23 Mar 2021 - 1:15 pm

Triple M has been anti women for a long time. Male cock rock, lots of innuendo and CD’s that like it that way.

23 Mar 2021 - 1:53 pm

Does Fitzy still tap his foot to Fat Bottom Girls by Queen?

23 Mar 2021 - 2:32 pm

Guessing “Come on Eileen” has a whole new meaning.

“ Come on Eileen, oh I swear what he means
At this moment, you mean everything
You in that dress, my thoughts I confess
Verge on dirty, ah, come on Eileen.”

What a disgrace this is

P Diddy
23 Mar 2021 - 4:00 pm

Fitzy has 99 problems but the bitch ain’t one

WAP Queen
23 Mar 2021 - 6:16 pm

Meanwhile kids these days know what WAP means, and enjoy its context… What’s good for the goose.

24 Mar 2021 - 2:07 pm

This guy is so bad for the MMM brand. Just reinforcing the bogan perceptions the brand has been trying to move on from for years. And I’m not even talking about this one ill thought out segment. If this is the best Triple M can do, it’s pretty sad for such an iconic radio brand.

Julie Martyn
31 Mar 2021 - 2:08 pm

Is it just enough to make an “unreserved apology” Seriously? This guy should be taken down, he does not deserve to be on the airwaves. Sack him now!


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