If you’ve been watching the current season of Masterchef Australia you’d know that judge Jock Zonfrillo is not one to mince his words. Zonfrillo’s no frills attitude is one of the reasons audiences love him so much – but when it comes to defending his colleagues, the celeb chef will not play nice.
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Yesterday, Zonfrillo posted a spiteful and racist messaged he received from Masterchef viewer Graham Jones. In the incoherent message, Jones wrote, “Geez I will be glad when this dumb arse MasterChef finished.”
“Having to watch trailers of you and that painful g**k criticise what is put in front of you because a pea is in the wrong place half the stuff no one would ever make,” Jones added. “Geeze you are so far up yourselves.”
In the caption of his post, Zonfrillo started by calling out Jones’ racial slur against fellow judge Melissa Leong. “She’s actually Melissa, she’s my work wife, my sister, my mate, she drinks espresso like I do, she is able to express and articulate a damn sight better than you can clearly and that is just the beginning Graham,” he wrote.
“She’s a woman whose origin happens to be different than yours, but why does that make you so afraid?” he asked.
“I feel sorry for you that you cannot see past the colour of someone’s skin or actually the fact they are just different than your white ass in any way,” he wrote. “Graham, please get educated and be a better human.”
Zonfrillo ended his fiery clap back with a word of warning. “I’m sick of this type of thing getting sent to me so here’s a heads up…If you send this kind of shit to me, it’s getting called out.”
It’s no surprise Jock Zonfrillo singled out Graham Jones for his ignorant, racist and downright rude message. It’s not the first time the cast of Masterchef have spoken out about racial diversity within the show.
Earlier this month, Melissa Leong told News.com.au “while I am proud to play a small part in the changing face of diversity and inclusivity in Australian media, let me be clear in saying that we are so very far from where we need to be.”
“Whether it’s our ancient Indigenous heritage or more recent multicultural contribution, representation of the differently-abled, or those who are fighting to be accepted for how they identify or loving who they love, it is clear that we all need and deserve to feel seen and be heard,” she said.
“It is my hope in these difficult times that we can and will bring about lasting and positive change in this regard,” she added.
Massive appreciation needs to go to both Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo for fighting against these injustices and calling out racist behaviour when they see it.
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