Radio and TV presenter Erin Molan is accused in court documents of mocking ethnic accents and using 'offensive stereotypes' in 'objectively racist' broadcasts
Erin Molan allegedly engaged in racist conduct including mocking ethnic names and putting on fake accents more than 20 times on radio.
The TV and radio host used 'offensive stereotypes' of Chinese, Japanese, Maori, and Indonesian people and made crude jokes and references, a court document alleges.
They include saying 'I wuv you wery long tiyme' in a 'Chinese' accent and 'you like raw feesh?' in a 'Japanese' accent before jokingly asking 'was that racist?'
Molan, 38, also laughed along as fellow hosts of 2GB's weekly rugby league showThe Continuous Call made similar remarks, the document claims.
Her comments are detailed in Daily Mail Australia's 61-page defence to a defamation lawsuit Molan filed over a series of three articles on June 4 and 5.
The lawsuit alleges the publication defamed her in the articles by accusing her among other things of being a racist, and being so callous that having deliberately mocked the names of Pacific Islanders on air, she then refused to apologise.
The first article accused her of mocking Islander names by uttering 'hooka looka mooka hooka fooka' in a broadcast of the same show on May 30.
第一篇文章指控她在5月30日的同一档节目中说“hooka looka mooka hooka fooka”来嘲弄岛上人的名字。
NRL players with a Polynesian heritage represent a significant proportion of athletes in the league, the defence stated.
Molan alleges Daily Mail Australia portrayed her as 'a racist' andan 'arrogant woman of white privilege' who refused to apologise for deliberately mocking Pacific Islander names.
The publication in its defence argued these imputations were substantially true, and that her conduct on air was 'objectively racist'.
The document filed with the Federal Court on Monday cited more than 20 instances of Molan engaging in racist behaviour on the show in 2017 to 2020.
One of them was an April 5 broadcast that both Nine Entertainment, owner of 2GB, and Molan herself said she was referencing with her 'hooka looka' jibe.
其中之一是4月5日的一次广播，拥有2 GB的Nine Entertainment和莫兰本人都表示，她指的是她的“妓女模样”嘲讽。
Co-host Darryl Brohman told a story about a debate between father and son commentators, Ray and Chris Warren,over how to pronounce the name of reserve Manly forward of Tongan decent, Haumole Olakau'atu.
联合主持人达里尔·布鲁曼(Darryl Brohman)讲述了一个故事，内容是父子评论员雷(Ray)和克里斯·沃伦(Chris Warren)就如何发音汤加体面球员豪莫尔·奥拉考阿图(Haumole Olakau‘atu)的预备役曼利前锋(Reserve Manly Forward)的名字进行了辩论。
'His name had about 30 letters in it and I had trouble pronouncing it so I asked Chris 'how do you pronounce this bloke's name?' Brohman said.
'He said 'well dad and I have been discussing this today... and dad thought his name was Chuka-lala-lulu.
'And I said, 'well, dad, I think it's Chuka-lala-lulu-lulu, and he says, Chris, that's incorrect - it's Chukaka-lulalulalo'.
The story continued along those with the names getting increasingly complicated until Brohman suggested 'let's just call him Sevi'.
This story was repeated on two other occasions in fashion the defence argued was 'objectively racist' for its mocking ofOlakau'atu's name.
In one of those two broadcasts, on April 12, Molan chimed in with: 'What was the name again? Pooka-pocka-pooka-pa?'
The defence claims Molan was also involved in mocking Maori names, such as in a long discussion of pronunciations on September 8, 2018.
'So what about his surname, what do you call him, Kata or Katar?' Broham asked the panel, to which Molan joked: 'Qatar is a city in the middle east'.
'It's Kwi-tar,' Ray Hadley replied, before Molan replied 'same difference'.
Earlier on August 18, 2018, Molan laughed along as Broham compared Maori playerCorey Harawira-Naera's name to slurring at the end of a night out.
Asian ethnicities were also frequently targeted for ridicule on the show, according to the examples cited in the legal defence.
On March 18, 2017, the defence claims Molan and other hosts encouraged Broham to 'do all his accents' as Molan, a new member of the team, hadn't yet heard them.
He started with Irish then American, then 'Oh herro' in caricature Chinese and Japanese accents, which Hadley said sounded the same.
'No, thank you very much,' was then said in an 'Indian' accent.
'Someone will write in now and say we're being racist. I think it's hilarious,' Molan said once Broham had finished.
The defence alleges Molan by April 1 that year was having her own go at a 'Chinese' accent, starting with 'herro, I wery goo lookin' at the urging of Hadley.
'I wuv you wery long tiyme, wery handsome man, ohhh, you like to walk with me in a cercle,' she continued.
Molan then on March 17, 2018, used a 'Japanese' accent to say 'oh yor soh goo' and 'you like raw feesh?' before jokingly asking 'was that racist?'
然后在2018年3月17日，莫兰用“日本”口音说了“哦，yor soh goo”和“你喜欢生吃吗？”然后开玩笑地问“那是种族主义吗？”
When discussing a trip she and Broham took to Bali, Molan put on an 'Indonesian' accent to describe being approached at the beach by local women offering massages.
'Ohhh loo big Aussie mahn, we charge four time amountttt,' she said.'Yore big whyte Aussie mahn. You sucka'.
The defence claims that another time, Broham said of his local petrol station cashier: 'He's Indian. But he's a really good bloke.' Molan asked how he knew the man was Indian, as he 'could be Pakistani'.
Daily Mail Australia in its defence argued these and other examples transcribed in the document showed the show 'frequently engaged in discussions containing racist content'.
'On occasions this included the mocking of ethnic, particularly Pacific Islander and Maori names,' it read.
'On other occasions it included crude accents (frequently Chinese and Indian) and references to stereotypes connected to particular races or cultures.
'[Molan] participated in this conduct directly but also signalled her approval and/or tolerance of the racist content of the program by laughing, saying nothing or sometimes asking in a humorous fashion whether the words recently spoken were in fact racist or whether they should have been said.
'The Respondent alleges [her] conduct was objectively racist. However even if that was not the case, it was objectively likely to offend persons with an ethnic or racial background common to the ethnicity or race that was being mocked or stereotyped.'
Molan alleged Daily Mail Australia defamed her by claiming she refused to apologise for deliberately mocking Pacific Islander names with her 'hooka looka' comment.
She claimed the article also portrayed her as 'so disrespectful and incompetent that she is unfit to be an NRL commentator'.
Daily Mail Australia alleged in its defence that Molan never actually apologised for mocking Pacific Islander names.
About 4.42pm on June 5, Molan made an apology to Continuous Call colleague Mark Levy while he was filling in for Ben Fordham on the 2GB drive show.
'Now Erin, we've worked together for many, many years and the Continuous Call team of a Saturday and Sunday is predicated on having some fun and sitting around with some mates and having a laugh,' Levy said.
'But there were some comments on the weekend that today have caused a bit of a stir.'
Molan replied: 'Yeah they have, haven't they Levy, which is never a good thing. Look, as you said, and you know me very well, I would never, ever intentionally offend anybody or hurt anyone's feelings and if I've done that then I am very, very sorry for it.
'You know, we love to have a laugh and we love to have fun but in the current climate things are very different. So I'll see you tomorrow, my friend, and we'll hopefully try to have some fun of a different nature.'
However,Daily Mail Australia claimed in its defence: 'Her words did not in any case amount to a true apology – she simply stated that if people 'in the current climate' had been offended or hurt by her that she was sorry.
'She did not actually apologise or express regret for anything she had actually done and instead shifted responsibility for offence taken to oversensitive listeners.'
Molan referred to this apology days later in a tweet on June 10, claiming there was 'no refusal to apologise'.
'The same day the first Daily Mail article was published I went on 2GB Radio - where the original remarks were broadcast - and apologised,' she wrote.
'There was no discussion or segment last Saturday regarding how to pronounce Polynesian names – nor was I attempting to pronounce or 'mock' a Polynesian player's name,' she wrote.
'My remarks were an attempt to reference a story that's been told multiple times on-air. They were clumsy and inappropriate. I apologised on-air last Friday and that apology stands.'
Daily Mail Australia earlier in the defence document argued the 'story' she referred to was itself 'objectively racist' and mockedOlakau'atu's Tongan name.
'It is apparent from the Applicant's remark in this statement and from her remarks at [the on-air apology] that whatever 'inappropriate' thing she was apologising for it was not for mocking the Polynesian player names, or indeed saying anything about player names at all,' the defence read.
Furthermore, according to the defence, when Molan's lawyers demanded a public apology from the publication, they insisted it contain a line acceptingthat she was not 'mocking' the pronunciation of Polynesian names.
She said the comments related to 'a story Darryl [Brohman] tells about chris warren and his dad from a dragons game last year'.
'[Under the circumstances Molan] lied when she stated that there had been no discussion or segment regarding how to pronounce Polynesian names, and that she was not attempting to pronounce or 'mock' a Polynesian name of a player on air,' the defence document read.
Molan finally alleged the articles left her 'gravely injured in her character and in her personal and professional reputation'.
'[She] has suffered hurt and embarrassment and has suffered and will continue to suffer loss and damage.'
Daily Mail Australia rejected this in its defence and 'denies [Molan] is ent
The case will have its first hearing in the Federal Court in Sydney on Friday.