Brooke Blurton blasts ‘woke’ podcasters online: ‘So-called allyship’

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Brooke Blurton has taken to social media to call out people who have only recently started including an Acknowledgement of Country at the start of their podcast episodes.

The former Bachelorette, who is a proud First Nations woman, posted a video on her Instagram Story on Monday looking rather bothered after being notified by her followers.

Brooke Blurton's Instagram Stories looking annoyed.
Brooke has called out podcasters who only recently started including an Acknowledgement of Country. Photos: Instagram/brooke.blurton

“Me getting DM’s about how these so-called ‘woke’ people are now doing acknowledgements at the start of their podcast but only because they got called out for their sh*t,” she captioned the post.

“Should have been doing it from the start. Shows your so-called allyship is for clout.”

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The Instagram post comes just a few weeks after her former friend and fellow Bachelor alum, Abbie Chatfield, began including an Acknowledgement of Country on her podcast, It’s A Lot.

Abbie recently did a minor refresh of her podcast’s structure and content after moving from Nova Podcasts and signing with SCA’s LiSTNR earlier this month.

“Here at LiSTNR, we acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which this podcast is being recorded today, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation,” the pre-recorded message says at the start of each episode.

“We also pay our respects to their elders past and present. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.”

Bachelorette Brooke Blurton and Abbie Chatfield.
Brooke used to be close friends with podcaster and fellow reality TV star Abbie Chatfield. Photo: Instagram/abbiechatfield

Although Brooke and Abbie used to be close, with Brooke appearing as a guest on It’s A Lot earlier this year, their friendship fell apart when Abbie hard-launched her relationship with former contestant Konrad Bien-Stephens during the finale week of The Bachelorette.

Brooke then criticised the I’m A Celebrity champion for “displaying what white privilege looks like” and labelled her actions as “a very clear display of narcissism”.

“I've reached out to this person to resolve this 'conflict' which in fact, classic naive me, adult me went to this person to communicate openly about the layers of complexity that this person’s actions show and take away from NOT only me but what it meant for a queer woman of colour. If this wasn't me, I'd still have this stance,” she wrote on Instagram.

Brooke Blurton's Instagram statement.
Brooke said that her Bachelorette finale week was ‘tainted’ by someone she thought was a close friend. Photo: Instagram/brooke.blurton

While Abbie addressed the issue on social media a few days later and said that it all came down to miscommunication, she recently used her large podcast following to apologise for a second time.

“It was neglectful timing but it definitely was not preplanned,” she said in a recent episode. “There’s a narrative going around that I must have preplanned it to get more attention. But I just want to be clear: a friend of mine was uploading stories of us kissing at lunch because we were, you know, in love. But obviously, I do apologise.

“It was not preplanned but it was absolutely neglectful, it was absolutely naive. It is something that I hope I will never do again, I will endeavour to never do that again.”

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