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Come For Mel And ‘Masterchef’ Daddy Jock Zonfrillo Will Roast You

"Please get educated and be a better human."

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.”

Mic drop.

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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You Need To See Sacha Baron Cohen’s Epic Troll Of An Alt-Right Rally To Believe It

The ultimate stitch-up.

If you were a fan of Sacha Baron Cohen’s controversial Who Is America?, you’d be well aware that the actor and comedian isn’t afraid of trolling where no man has dared to troll before, and a recent alt-right rally in Washington was absolutely no exception.

According to Variety, Baron Cohen crashed the Washington State Three Percenters’ conservative rally over the weekend, where he performed a racist song on stage and even managed to get the crowd to sing along.

At the rally, titled ‘March for Our Rights 3’, Baron Cohen disguised himself as the leader of a political action committee offering to sponsor the event, and even brought a security team to ensure he wouldn’t be kicked off stage.

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The song Baron Cohen performed on-stage featured incredible racist and offensive references, and lyrics including, “Obama, what we gonna do? Inject him with the Wuhan flu. Hillary Clinton, what we gonna do? Lock her up like we used to do.”

Baron Cohen’s epic prank only became more unbelievable when he got the crowd involved, convincing them to sing “inject him with the Wuhan flu.” 

In a social media video, one of the rally organisers explained that Baron Cohen’s ‘band’ got added to the bill even though they had never worked with them before and had no idea who they were.

When Baron Cohen began singing racist lyrics, organisers tried to find the production manager and even attempted to cut the power to stop the performance, but were blocked by the comedian’s security team.

While Sacha Baron Cohen is yet to confirm what the prank was for, fans think it could be for a second season of Who is America? Considering the comedian pranked everyone from Bernie Sanders to Dick Cheney, Jill Stein, Roy Moore and O.J. Simpson during season one of the show, this kind of classic stitch-up is right on the money.

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The Dixie Chicks Isn't The Only Band Whose Name Has Proven Problematic

When is a name, 'just a name'?

This week, American country band The Dixie Chicks released their new song ‘March March’ under a new name. The band is now simply known as ‘The Chicks’ due to connotations of slavery associated with the word ‘Dixie’.

While The Chicks have made no official statement on the name change, The Guardian reports that the word ‘Dixie’ is derived from Jeremiah Dixon. 

Dixon was an English surveyor and astronomer who worked with Charles Mason in the 1700s to determine the ‘Mason-Dixon’ line, informally recognised as the border between slave territory and free territory.

The word ‘dixie’ is also a nickname for the eleven Southern states that seceded in late 1860 and early 1861 to form the new Confederate States of America. 

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It’s really no surprise The Chicks were keen to do away with the slavery connotations of their former name. Their new song ‘March March’ makes reference to fighting against injustices, with lyrics like, “Tell the ol’ boys in the white bread lobby. What they can and can’t do with their bodies. Temperatures are rising, cities are sinkin’. Lies are truth and truth is fiction. Everybody’s talkin’, who’s gonna listen?”

The Chicks’ name change comes less than a month after fellow country group Lady Antebellum altered their name to Lady A. The word ‘antebellum’ is used to describe a period of slavery in the Southern United States from the late 18th century to the start of the American Civil War in 1861.

In a statement, Lady A said they were “regretful and embarrassed to say that we did not take into account the associations that weigh down this word.”

It’s a step in the right direction, but what about all the bands that came before The Chicks and Lady A? Vice reports that Joy Division were named after the Nazi concentration camp brothels, and apparently, ‘Spandau Ballet’ is a slang term used by prison officers that describes the “contortions a body makes whilst being executed.”

There have also been controversies surrounding Canadian post-punk band Viet Cong and Oregon band Black Pussy due to the connotations of their band names. 

It all begs the question: where do you draw the line between a name ‘just being a band name’ and bearing incredible offensive associations? 

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