Singer Darren Hayes has slammed sections of the Australian media over the way a TV interview with Katy Perry was edited.
The Firework star sat down for a chat with Jackie Frank, editor of the Australian edition of Marie Claire, for the Sunday Night program, which airs on the Seven Network.
Producers decided to leave in awkward segments of the interview, including Perry demanding the questions focus on her new album Prism and suspiciously quizzing Frank about whether her sore throat was "contagious" after the journalist revealed she had laryngitis.
Now Hayes, who lives in London, has accused bosses behind the show of bullying tactics to make Perry look bad.
"I watched the interview online and I saw something that has been bothering me, as an Australian living overseas, for about 15 years," the former Savage Garden star wrote on his Tumblr page.
"There is a tone, and a quite nasty one, to the piece that sadly has come to epitomise mainstream Australian media that I must presume is only obvious to those who don't live there. It is, quite literally, bullying. Yet it presents itself as the victim.
"It's a seductive and insincere friendly pat on the proverbial couch to sit down and have a lovely cuppa (cup of tea) and an honest chat. But there's a knife just behind the cushion and it's waiting to come out. It's almost like a sort of a sticky flytrap - sweet and inviting but ultimately an ambush."
- Cover Media