Cosmo Editor Calls for Gareth Cliff Boycott

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DAYS after 5FM DJ Gareth Cliff's on-air remark that "22-year-old girls do nothing but lie on their backs with their legs open", the furore continues, with a top women's magazine editor calling for people to ignore and boycott him.

But Cliff remains unrepentant, saying: "It is insulting in turn to be called sexist."

During an interview on his show with Angela Larkan, 27, an Aids activist who started charity work at the age of 19, Cliff commended Larkan and said "22-year-olds usually do nothing but lie on their backs with their legs open".

DA councillor Tex Collins subsequently reported Cliff to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA because he was appalled by the remark.

Collins said Cliff had sent out the message that "every young girl is nothing but a prostitute and a whore".

Yesterday, outgoing editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Vanessa Raphaely, tweeted: "Hey @CosmopolitanSA readers @GarethCliff thinks you spend your life on your backs with your legs open [bar] Unfollow, boycott, switch off, ignore."

Raphaely told the Cape Times: "He's Gareth Cliff and he has such an enormous audience and he is so powerful that he thinks he can say what he pleases and anyone who challenges him, he refutes completely. I don't think that anyone can make a generalisation like that. Any stereotyping in a harmful way is offensive."

She added: "Being obnoxious is part of his persona and I'm sure a lot of people agree with him, but others don't. …