KYLE Sandilands has plenty of critics, but few are as ferocious as Ballarat mother Kate Drury.
She is one of four women from around Australia who took to Facebook last November after Sandilands called a Sydney journalist a “fat slag” and who have united to take down the breakfast show host.
The Victorian representative of the four is trying to have Southern Cross Austereo fire Sandilands, by contacting sponsors and raising awareness of his antics through social media and petitioning.
Ms Drury said 162 companies had withdrawn advertising from the Kyle and Jackie O show since the campaign was launched.
“Money talks, so we hope that if we pull the money out from under him that will finally get him off the air,” Ms Drury said.
She said while the campaign had received a lot of support from the public, it also received a lot of criticism, including hate mail.
Ms Drury’s nine-year-old son is one of the reasons she has taken up this cause.
“He lives in a culture so impacted by his peers. I, as a parent, can only influence him so much, and once he walks out the door there is so much influence from the world around,” she said.
“He’s supportive of the campaign. He says: ‘Get rid of the bullies, Mum’.”
The four women take it in turns to listen to the show, so they can voice their concerns to the broader community.
“I couldn’t listen every day, it would do my head in,” Ms Drury said.
“(Sandilands) talks about us as online haters almost every day,” she said.
“He’s referred to us as four Victorian feminists when our Facebook group and Twitter followers are largely men.”
A 2Day FM spokesperson said the radio station was yet to take the petition into consideration, comparing the 35,000 signatures from around the world with the Kyle and Jackie O Show’s one million listeners in Sydney.
Ms Drury said the campaigners would not rest until the shock jock was no longer on air.