Dean Wells has jumped to the defence of Bachelorette star Elly Miles after she received backlash for attending an Australia Day pool party just hours after going to a change the date protest.
Commenting on Instagram, the Married At First Sight bad boy said that Elly didn’t need to say sorry for anything after she issued an apology for the incident.
‘Nothing to apologise for, Elly,’ the 43-year-old wrote.
Knight in shining armour! Dean Wells (left) has jumped to the defence of Elly Miles (right) after she received backlash for attending an Australia Day pool party just hours after going to a change the date protest
‘You can be supportive of indigenous Australia and still have fun on your day off. What is she supposed to do? Sit in a corner moping all day? This Australia Day shaming is absurd,’ he added.
The comment received almost 170 likes and sparked a fierce debate in the replies section, with some agreeing with Dean while others said he was being ignorant.
‘You can’t sit on two sides of the fence with this,’ one person argued. ‘You can’t condemn a date and then celebrate it. You’re a smart guy, Dean. You know exactly why influencers are being called out.’
Speaking out: His comment (pictured) received almost 170 likes and sparked a fierce debate in the replies section, with some agreeing with Dean while others said he was being ignorant
Dean is known for his politically incorrect opinions, which he regularly shares on his YouTube show Dangerous Ideas with Deano.
Elly received backlash after delivering a sombre speech about how painful Australia Day can be for Indigenous people, shortly before downing shots at a boozy backyard bash.
Addressing the furore in an Instagram post on Wednesday, the 26-year-old nurse wrote: ‘To answer people’s comments from yesterday, there is nothing else I can say in this situation other than “I am sorry”.
Remorseful: Addressing the furore in an Instagram post on Wednesday, the 26-year-old nurse issued an emotional apology
‘I had a complete lapse of judgment and have a lot of regret for my actions. I sincerely apologise for upsetting anyone,’ she added.
‘I stand by my attendance at the Change the Date protest and feel that it is an incredibly important issue. I truly wasn’t being insincere with my attendance.
‘I know how it looks, we all make mistakes – I made one yesterday and all I can say once again, from the bottom of my heart, is that I truly am sorry.’
Regrets: ‘I had a complete lapse of judgment and have a lot of regret for my actions. I sincerely apologise for upsetting anyone,’ she wrote
The Bondi influencer had uploaded a video of herself on Tuesday morning delivering a sombre speech about how painful Australia Day can be for Indigenous people, before sharing a photo from an ‘Invasion Day’ protest in Sydney.
Just hours later, however, she raised eyebrows by documenting herself attending a wild Australia Day pool party.
The rather tone-deaf sequence of events wasn’t lost on Elly’s Instagram followers, many of whom accused her of being a hypocrite.
‘Beyond tone deaf’: Elly was slammed for sharing an ‘Invasion Day’ message on Instagram (left) – just hours before attending a wild Australia Day pool party (right)
One fan wrote: ‘Just a little contradicting and confusing to be posting about your support with changing the date and then heading to what one can assume would be an Australia Day party… as it’s a party on Australia Day?
‘I hope you acknowledge this. I’ll be eager to see your reasoning.’
Another commented on Elly’s Instagram page: ‘It is very upsetting to see you post a change the date post on this day of mourning, yet you go to an Australia Day party the same day. This is so disappointing and beyond tone deaf.’
‘Be the change’: On Tuesday morning, the Bondi influencer, 26, uploaded a video of herself delivering a sombre speech about how painful Australia Day can be for Indigenous people, before attending an ‘Invasion Day’ protest in Sydney (pictured)
Other followers accused Elly of feigning empathy for Indigenous people to improve her public image as an influencer.
‘Your manager must have reminded you to give some lip service and a quick pic and then off to get blind and party. Performative influencers,’ one fan grumbled.
Another agreed: ‘I feel like these influencers say something about it just to say they did. Maybe because they’ll cop s**t if they don’t?’
In her speech on Tuesday morning, Elly told fans ‘it would just be so good if we could change the date’ and insisted she would love ‘everybody in Australia to celebrate Australia on a day that isn’t severely traumatic and awful for our Indigenous cultures’.
Not a care in the world! That afternoon, Elly shared a far more upbeat video of herself attending a backyard pool party
She even said she had gone out of her way to start ‘conversations’ with her ‘Indigenous friends’ about what Invasion Day means to them.
‘If you feel like you don’t know enough, have a conversation. Like start a conversation, that’s how my view has changed,’ she said.
‘Because growing up I had celebrated Australia Day but I just didn’t know any better. And it took me to have conversations with some Indigenous friends and work colleagues for me to truly understand the meaning of the day for Indigenous culture, and it’s not good,’ she added.
‘Just a little contradicting and confusing’: The rather tone-deaf sequence of events wasn’t lost on Elly’s Instagram followers, many of whom accused her of being a hypocrite
A few hours after this thoughtful speech, Elly shared a far more upbeat video of herself attending a backyard pool party.
‘Get me to the pool,’ Elly wrote as she posed in a bathrobe and snakeskin bikini.
Throughout the festivities, Elly was seen drinking with pals, taking shots of tequila and posing for busty mirror selfies.
Partying hard! During the festivities, Elly was seen drinking with pals, taking shots of tequila and posing for busty selfies
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