Anthony Mundine says women must dress 'for their own good'
CONTROVERSIAL boxer Anthony Mundine says women shouldn't wear skirts above the knee.
Speaking to campmate Jackie Gillies in the South African jungle camp on I'm A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!, the 42-year-old said the belief is a protection to stop "other men lusting over your women".
"You want to protect your women," Mundine said.
"You don't want other men having prerogative thoughts about your girl or your daughter."
Mundine is Muslim and prior to going into the jungle told News Corp he doesn't believe in homosexuality, abortion or contraception. He has seven children to four different women.
"She can wear a dress … not a short skirt, not above the knees. That is just the way I am, it is the way I feel, the way I think."
When asked by Gillies if it is right to tell "somebody what to do"?
"For their own good," he responded.
"Everything in society that the creator has made unlawful, the west are making it lawful. It doesn't matter if we were born naked. There's garments. That was back in that time. You don't understand because you are not built like me, you wouldn't understand a man's point of view. You can't understand."
Later, Mundine told producers: "I'm not sure if I got through to her [Jackie Gillies]. I just had to let her know where I was coming from."
Some viewers weren't impressed by Mundine's comments and took to Twitter to label him a "sexist a**hole".
Meanwhile, Mundine showed a softer side when he told a story of one of his fans, who he claimed he saved his life. Depressed and suicidal, the man found a new lease on life after meeting Mundine.
"I saved this dude's life," he said, crying as he recalled the story.
"He wanted to meet me before he died. That moment he come and met me, he said, 'your courage, your strength, helped me out of this dark place' and that touched me man. I know I am doing something right. That's why it gets me emotional."
As camp leader, a position appointed him by producers, Mundine had the job of allocating camp chores.
In punishment for supporting rival Danny Green, Mundine chose comedians Fiona O'Loughlin and Peter Rowsthorn for dishwashing duties, while Jackie Gillies and Simone Holtznagel were giving the job of collecting fire wood.
"Jackie, I wanted to give her a little taste of men's work," he said.
Shannon Noll was appointed Mundine's deputy and Josh Gibson camp cook.
And the boxer predictably gave the worst job to enemy with Green allocated toilet cleaning and given a new nickname, Dunny Green.
"When I was a young kid, I worked with a company that we dealt with a lot of sewage so this doesn't bother me one bit," Green responded.
* The journalist is in South Africa as a guest of Channel Ten covering I'm A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!