It’s still only 2021 but Married at First Sight has had to remove one of its 2022 contestants after his disgusting social media posts were uncovered by fans.
Simon Blackburn, a FIFO miner, was recently unveiled as one of the grooms for the forthcoming new season of MAFS. His social media presence, though, has put paid to that, as per Daily Mail Australia.
One of his most disturbing videos came via Instagram Live. After describing homosexuality as “filth”, he then said “you might as well just jump in a box, you’re gonna get AIDS…If you are gay, you are gonna get AIDS. It’s just disgusting. It’s like filth, it’s actually filth. That sexual orientation is fucking filth.”
He also made several shocking statements on TikTok, including aiming misogynistic comments towards his ex. He claimed she would “sit on YouTube all day” and called her the C-word repeatedly. He also made fatphobic comments, boasting of not dating women “over 60 kilos.”
When his past indiscretions started to go viral, Blackburn tried to backtrack. “Leave the past in the past,” he said on Instagram.
He then also claimed that he’s currently struggling with COVID-19 and asked people to stop contacting him. “To clarify, I haven’t posted on TikTok in six months and all videos of me are reposts or screenshots of lives from last year! Not my current thoughts or mindset! No further comment will be given! I’ve got COVID, let me rest!”
A spokesperson for Nine confirmed Blackburn had been edited out of next season’s footage after the network was made aware of his past social media posts.
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“When unacceptable social media content was discovered in relation to Simon Blackburn we immediately took steps to remove him from the program,” they stated. “We won’t be making further comment.”
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