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Sydney artist faces severe backlash after flashing his penis on ARIAs red carpet

Kirin J. Callinan has been savaged on social media.

By Kate Wagner
It’s been 11 short years since Axle Whitehead exposed himself at the ARIA Awards but as they say, history tends to repeat itself.
This year, Australian musician Kirin J. Callinan felt it necessary to prove that he was wearing his kilt the way the Scots intended – commando.
Wearing a tartan skirt, black singlet, aviator sunnies, cowboy hat and boots, the Sydney musician lifted his kilt in front of the media wall. And not just quickly either, oh no – he embraced the moment, holding his skirt aloft to ensure it was photographed.
His tone deaf display was quickly condemned by fans online. Given the current climate for males in the entertainment industry, forcing people to stare at your genitals against their will probably wasn’t the savviest move he could’ve made.
The “wacky” star is no doubt aware by now that indecent exposure is a criminal offense in New South Wales and he could face up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $610.
If you think Kirin’s name is familiar, which you probably don’t but I digress, it’s because of a Jimmy Fallon skit mocking one of his songs.
On The Tonight Show, Fallon plays snippets of terrible songs in a segment called “Do Not Play”.
“It’s an Australian singer called Kirin J Callinan, and the song is called Big Enough,” Fallon told the audience while holding up the album cover.
He had to cut the song when Jimmy Barnes started screaming in the EDM/country song.
“Stop, stop, stop, stop it!” Fallon yelled. “The scream?! He really just kept going higher and higher.”
While Barnes’ son, David Campbell, quickly retaliated to the sledge, we think this other famous sketch of Fallon’s sums up how we felt about his red carpet stunt.