Matt Okine Uses ARIAs Acceptance Speech To Blast Awards For Lack Of Female Representation

Triple j’s Matt Okine of Matt & Alex fame has used his ARIA acceptance speech to call out the Australian Recording Industry Association for gender inequality.

After scooping the award for ‘Best Comedy Album’, the radio presenter took the ARIAs to task for its notable lack of female awards nominees and performers.

During his acceptance speech, which at the time of writing has not yet aired on TV (if the ARIAs let it air at all), Okine noted (via Pedestrian TV) “I don’t think there were any women nominated in ‘Best Comedy Release, and there’s not even any female featured guests!”

He was referring to this year’s list of ARIA performers, which is pretty male-centric (with the exception of Owl Eyes joining Flight Facilities and Tina Arena’s Hall Of Fame performance).

“I didn’t feel great reading that list of people,” he said.

After departing the spotlight, Okine also answered some more questions backstage, with Music Feeds tweeting some of his responses live:

Producer KLP also commented on Okine’s speech on Twitter, calling it “the best speech I think I’ll hear all night.”

The one female standout among the male-dominated list of nominees in all categories was Courtney Barnett, who was given 8 ARIA nods and at the time of writing has scooped 3 awards.

Okine also made headlines earlier today for he and co-conspirator Alex Dyson’s Drake-tastic ARIAs ensemble.

If there was an ARIA Award for Most Legendary Male, Okine would be a shoe-in.

Stay up to date on all the ARIA happenings as we announce the winners of tonight’s Awards in real time, live from the ceremony itself.

Check out some footage of Matt Okine chatting gender equality backstage, below.

UPDATE 26/11/15 8.39pm: The ARIAs have skipped Matt Okine’s speech in their official broadcast on Channel 10.

UPDATE 26/11/15 9.15pm: The ARIAs have now uploaded Okine’s speech on Twitter. Watch it below.

UPDATE 27/11/15 9.15pm: Tine Arena has used her ARIA Hall Of Fame acceptance speech to call for commercial radio stations to play more Australian music and ditch ageist programming, imploring them to acknowledge that “ladies over 40 are still in the game.” See more here.

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