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Surprised Pete Evans Also Supports Trump? You Haven’t Been Paying Attention

Now he's managed to anger even his own fans.

Since COVID-19 came in to ruin the party, controversial celebrity chef Pete Evans has earned quite a reputation for flogging harmful coronavirus ‘cures’, conspiracy theories, anti-vaccine opinions and more.

It didn’t take long for everyone’s BS detectors to go off and as a result, Evans was fined and even lost his TV gig on My Kitchen Rules. However, that hasn’t stopped him from plugging utter nonsense via his chaotic Instagram page.

And yes, that includes supporting Donald Trump.

Responding to the Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd, Evans posted a speech from the US President. 

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In the clip, Trump talks about taking “immediate presidential action” to stop the “rioting, looting and arson” occurring at the protests. He also says he’s liaising with governors to “dominate the streets” and “establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence,” using the military if necessary. He enforces a 7pm curfew and warns protesters will be “arrested, detained and prosecuted to the full extent of the law” if they break the rules. 

Instead of offering words of support, or an explanation of any kind, Evans simply captioned the Instagram video with the red love heart emoji.

It didn’t take long for his followers to call him out – with many shocked that he supported the US president. 

“I’ve looked up to you with your consistent messaging of peace and love,” one fan commented on the post. “So, the face that you’re endorsing this man and/or his fight fire with fire proposal is truly appalling.” 

Another, who had agreed with Evans’ controversial stance on diets and vaccines, also expressed their disbelief. “I followed Pete because I agree with him on the nutrition/vaccine etc,” they commented. “[But] I don’t know how Trump is in the good guys gang?”

Evans copped so much backlash on the post, he doubled down on his stance with another one soon after. “Thank you to everyone for sharing your comments,” he captioned an image of a red heart. “I will be sharing with you a lot more recipes, information, and news stories that may challenge your long held beliefs or perhaps reinforce them, wherever you are in your journey.”

The chef went on to say his intention is not to “create division,” but to “create a platform for critical thought where many ideas can be presented.” He encouraged fans to unfollow him if they wish, and ended the lengthy caption by telling the 233,000 followers that still remain, “We may need to look and feel into the wound for the healing to manifest.”

Wow. It’s difficult to understand what Pete Evans is actually trying to achieve with his social media presence, but one thing is for sure, despite the backlash and controversy, it looks like he won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

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George Floyd’s Death Is All Too Familiar For Indigenous Australians

Racial injustice exists in our own backyard.

By now, most of Australia would be well aware of the protests that have erupted around the US and other parts of the world following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Hear all the details below:

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are warned that the following story may contain images of deceased persons.

The anger, pain and sadness emanating from these demonstrations is heartbreaking to watch. It’s also evident that racial tensions have reached boiling point in many US states – but this isn’t a deep seeded issue exclusive to America. Australia is facing racial injustice in our very own backyard.

In 2018, it was found that 407 Indigenous people had died in Australian police or prison custody since the end of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in 1991. As of August 2019, that number had increased to 424, according to The Guardian.

When you take into account the fact that, as of 2018, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island adults make up around 2% of the national population – but constitute 27% of Australia’s prison population, there is clearly a major issue here.

We don’t need to look at stats, studies and figures to prove this, either. George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis bears shocking similarities to the death of Indigenous man David Dungay here in Australia.

Dungay, a 26-year-old Dunghutti man from Kempsey, died in Long Bay prison hospital in 2015 after he was restrained face down and sedated. 

Speaking to the ABC, Dungay’s nephew Paul Francis-Silva compared his uncle’s death with George Floyd’s. “They were saying the exact same words: ‘I can’t breathe.’”

“We really do feel for the family over in the US, because we do know how it feels to actually watch a video clip of a loved one being suffocated to death,” Francis-Silva said of the viral video of George Floyd’s arrest. 

Sadly, David Dungay’s death in custody is by no means a one-off event.

In 1983, John Peter Pat, a 16-year-old Indigenous boy, died in custody after getting involved in a fight with other young boys and four off-duty Australian police officers. Pat died of “head injuries,” but a subsequent autopsy found he had sustained a number of massive blows to the head. The officers were acquitted of manslaughter and in 1991, a Royal Commissioner acknowledged Pat’s death “became for Aboriginal people nationwide a symbol of injustice and oppression.” 

In 2004, Cameron Doomadgee – commonly referred to as Mulrunji – died in a police cell on Palm Island in north Queensland. The ABC reports that he was locked up for being drunk and a public nuisance, but later died from “massive internal injuries.” After his post-mortem, his injuries were compared to “those of plane crash victims.” Doomadgee’s death sparked a state of emergency, and after the police station, court and houses were burnt down, a riot squad was called in to control the crowd.

In 2014, an Indigenous woman known as Ms Dhu was subjected to “unprofessional and inhumane” treatment by Western Australian police before her death in custody. Dhu’s extreme chest pain was written off as a “withdrawal from drugs.” The official cause of death was from an infection due to her partner breaking her ribs three months earlier. 

These stories are a sad and shocking reflection of the treatment Indigenous people face at the hands of Australian authorities. It’s easy to feel angry and helpless, however, we can channel our outrage and encourage change.

Some ways in which you can support Aboriginal Lives Matter include donating to the families, following groups like Sisters Inside and The National Justice Project and most importantly, educating yourself about these issues by listening to the stories of Indigenous people.

It’s up to all of us.

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Did Prince Andrew Reckon He’d Return To Royal Duties Like Nothing Happened?

Things have gone from bad to worse.

After years of allegations, the lid was blown on Prince Andrew’s relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein last year and the royal family member had his public duties suspended for the “forseeable future.” Now, it looks like the Prince may never make a return to his former life.

In November 2019, Prince Andrew appeared on BBC’s Newsnight for one of the most ill-advised tell-all interviews in history. During the viral interview, Andrew denied allegations of sexual abuse and claimed he had “no recollection of ever meeting” victim Virginia Giuffre, despite mounting evidence that suggested otherwise.

Missed the controversy? Get a rundown below:

Prince Andrew also played down his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein. At one point during the interview, he admitted to staying at Epstein’s mansion in 2010 after Epstein had been convicted of sex offences against a minor, claiming the location was “a convenient place to stay.”

The interview was seemingly approved by the Queen, but it backfired and quickly became a PR nightmare for the royal family. Shortly after, Buckingham Palace announced Prince Andrew would be stepping down from his public duties and earlier this year, his security was downgraded, putting an end to his “round-the-clock police protection.” 

Things have gone from bad to worse for Prince Andrew over the past few months. In May, it was reported he and his ex-wife were in a legal dispute regarding $9M AUD of debt they were unable to pay. Later, a spokesperson for the Duke confirmed the Queen “will not be stepping in to settle the debt.” The same month, Prince Andrew’s Charitable Trust was investigated by the Charity Commission regarding almost $650,000 AUD in payments to his former secretary Amanda Thirsk. 

Fast-forward to this week and the bad news continues. The Sunday Times reports that Prince Andrew won’t ever resume official royal duties. A royal correspondent wrote, “The prince hoped his status change would be temporary, but those hopes have disappeared.” 

“The royal family has ‘no plans to review’ his position,” they added. 

Considering the insurmountable backlash Prince Andrew faced following his Newsnight interview let alone the very serious accusations of sexual abuse against him – it’s really no surprise he’s not heading back to royal life any time soon.

For victims like Virginia Giuffre, it must be some sort of small consolation – but is it really enough given the nature of these allegations?

If you, or anyone you know is a victim of sexual abuse contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or 1800 RESPECT for support.

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