Jess Glasgow Asked To Immediately Resign After 'Crude, Misogynistic' Bachelorette Appearance
Queensland local councillor Jess Glasgow has been asked to immediately resign following his controversial Bachelorette appearance.
Noosa Mayor Tony Wellington described Glasgow's behaviour as "misogynistic, crude and highly offensive" on the reality show, and of "great concern" to Noosa's council and residents.
"I am calling on Cr Jess Glasgow to resign immediately from his role as Councillor of Noosa," Wellington said.
"With his appearance on the reality TV show The Bachelorette, Councillor Jess Glasgow has revealed behaviour that is totally inappropriate for a Noosa councillor, indeed for any individual.
"The behaviour displayed was misogynistic, crude and highly offensive.
"Whether or not Mr Glasgow was simply performing for the cameras, he showed incredibly poor judgement in allowing himself to be filmed lying, being extremely and consistently disrespectful of women, and outright offensive."
Yesterday, Wellington indicated he would be referring Glasgow to the Office of the Independent Assessor for alleged breach of conduct.
However, last night's episode showed Glasgow making obscene comments and gestures towards Bachelorette Angie Kent, fellow contestants and staff.
When told Angie would confront him about his behaviour, Glasgow said, "Bring it on, bitch."
Wellington does not have the legal authority to fire him, nor does the OIA; that power resides with the Minister for Local Government.
However, Wellington argued Glasgow brought the Council and the Shire of Noosa into disrepute.
"Put simply, there is absolutely no room for vile misogyny and loutish behaviour in Noosa or in Noosa Council," he said.
In an interview with Nova 96.9's Fitzy & Wippa this morning, Glasgow said he was "trying to be fun and jovial and carrying-on", and that he was a "bit of a flirtatious guy".
However, he said he "sincerely" apologies, adding that he "never meant those words to come out that way."
"I'm truly sorry, this is despicable behaviour from me. I feel sick," he said.
"Ange deserves better than that, so does every woman."
In another interview with 2DayFM's Stav, Abby and Matt, Glasgow said he would not be resigning.
"We all make mistakes," he said.
"This is just one day out of my whole political career in Noosa, I made the worst judgement ever, and I'm not like this in my day to day life. I won't resign because I still hold the utmost respect for Noosa and its people."
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