The Australian media is taking an irresponsible and extremely unsettling "joke" about rape seriously. The country's highest-rated morning show — "The Kyle and Jackie O Show" — has been canceled for now, after it had a 14-year-old girl submit to an on-air lie detector test during which she admitted to being raped. The host, Kyle Sandilands, has also been fired from his job as a judge on Australian Idol.In the troubling segment, a 14-year-old girl was asked by her mother during a polygraph test whether she was sexually active. She answered that she had been raped, which her mother already knew. The host Kyle Sandilands then said: "Right, and is that the only sexual experience you've had."
Sandilands' co-host Jackie O then put a stop to the questioning because it had "crossed the line." She's not the only person who thinks so. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has even weighed in, saying that he is "distressed" by the incident.
The show will be off the air pending a review. Do you think it should be canceled for good?