Olivia Newton-John cops backlash from fans over her Australia Day message as critics call her out for not acknowledging First Nations people
Olivia Newton-John has wished her Aussie fans a Happy, on Tuesday.
But the 72-year-old’s greetings was not without its controversy.
A number of her followers called the Grease star out for not acknowledging Australia’s Aboriginal people in her message, which she shared on her social media.
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Controversy: Olivia Newton-John divided fans with her Australia Day message on Tuesday as critics called her out for not acknowledging First Nations people
She said in the video: ‘G’Day everyone, this is Olivia and I just wanted to wish all of you Aussies all around the world a very, very Happy Australia Day.’
There was also no mention of Australia’s Indigenous people in the Xanadu actress’ captions of her Instagram and Twitter posts either.
The seemingly accidental omission was quickly noticed by several of her followers, including one who tweeted the Australian Aboriginal flag, and wrote: ‘Oh girl, I love you but read the room.’
‘No pride in genocide, Liv’: There was no mention of Australia’s Indigenous people on her Instagram and Twitter posts
‘You are now cancelled Olivia! How dare you love Australia,’ another wrote.
While a third simply tweeted: ‘No pride in genocide, Liv.’
Over on Instagram, a follower commented: ‘Yes, if only we could celebrate on a day that doesn’t cause so much pain for our First Nations people.’
Another wrote: ‘C’mon, you can’t possibly be that insensitive or ignorant to what Australia Day means and represents to our Indigenous.’
Backlash: Over on Instagram, a follower called her out for being ‘insensitive’ to the meaning of Australia to the Indigenous people
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Olivia Newton-John’s team in regard to the comments.
However, there were many who instead returned well wishes to the Hopelessly Devoted To You singer, including one who said: ‘Happy Australia day from the land down under!’
Another wrote: ‘We’re missing you back here in Oz. Celebrating the day in typical Aussie fashion – suffering through 40 degree temps. Take good care.’
‘So happy you haven’t lost your beautiful Australian accent! We love you Olivia you are an icon and we are so proud of you and your achievements,’ a third added.
Overlooking her omission? There were many who instead returned well wishes to the Hopelessly Devoted To You singer, including one who said: ‘Happy Australia day from the land down under!’
Greetings: Another tweeted: ‘We’re missing you back here in Oz. Celebrating the day in typical Aussie fashion – suffering through 40 degree temps.’
Australia Day, which was recognised as a national public holiday in 1994, has long been a sore point for Aboriginal people, with many referring to it as Invasion Day.
Since 1938, Indigenous activists have protested against commemorating the arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney Harbour, arguing the arrival of British people eventually led to the dispossession of land.
The movement against recognising January 26 gathered momentum in 1988 when indigenous activists held protests during the bicentenary commemoration that featured a tall ships re-enactment on Sydney Harbour.
Rallies are being held across the nation on Tuesday in protest of the public holiday as Invasion Day.
Protests: Australia Day, which was recognised as a national public holiday in 1994, has long been a sore point for Aboriginal people
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