Baffling reason Chris Hemsworth's party sparked outrage online

Chris Hemsworth has dug back in his wardrobe and pulled out his best 1980s outfit for a friend's themed birthday party in Sydney over the weekend.

Among the many guests at the rooftop event at Crown Sydney were Chris' younger brother, Liam Hemsworth, and his wife, Elsa Pataky who were both decked out in fluoro '80s gear.

Liam Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth at an '80s themed party in Sydney
Chris Hemsworth, his brother Liam and wife Elsa went all-out at an '80s themed party in Sydney. Photo: Instagram/chrishemsworth.

'Bad example'

While Chris' costume (a muscle shirt tucked into a pair of Adidas track pants) could be seen as a fashion crime, many of the Thor star's followers on social media were concerned he and his A-lister mates had broken some actual rules.

After Chris, 37, shared several happy snaps from the party to his Instagram account, the comments section was quickly flooded with accusations from users that COVID-19 guidelines weren't being followed.

"Covid doesn’t exist anymore???," wrote one user.

"I forgot the pandemic doesn’t effect [sic] the elite," added another dryly.

"Why no masks, very bad example," a third asked.


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Chris Hemsworth, Idris Elba and Matt Damon at an '80s themed party in Sydney
Chris with Idris Elba and his Thor: Love and Thunder co-star Matt Damon. Photo: Instagram/chrishemsworth.

'So uneducated'

It appears, however, that many of the commenters were based overseas and weren't aware that the party was taking place in Sydney where restrictions have eased significantly.

Face masks, for example, are only required on public transport and taxis according to the current NSW Health advice. Venues can have 'more than 25 patrons if there’s no more than one person per two square metres'.

Aussie-based fans did their best to correct the misinformation in the comments although a few couldn't resist including a jab at those less-informed.

"Damnnnn some of y’all are so uneducated about how the rest of the world is doing. He is in Australia and we’re basically Corona free down here," one wrote.

"Before you comment, remember that not everyone lives in America," another advised.

"All these Americans asking where the masks are just shows how completely unaware the US is of anyone else but themselves," observed a third.

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Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth at an '80s themed party in Sydney
Elsa was fabulous in fluoro pink Lycra and some very high cut bikini briefs. Photo: Instagram/chrishemsworth.

Not everyone made the mistake of accusing Chris and his fellow partygoers before checking if they had their information straight.

"At first I was like, 'why are there so many people without masks!?!' But then I realized you’re in Australia and it’s basically normal there," one wrote.

"On behalf of Americans, I’m sorry for the stupidity you’re seeing in these comments!" added another.

Star-studded gathering

Unaware that his post would cause such a stir, Chris captioned his party pics, "A little 80s themed party never did any harm!"

He also made sure to wish the man of the hour, his personal assistant and childhood friend, Aaron Grist, a happy birthday.

Along with Liam and a newly brunette Elsa — who sported bright pink Lycra shorts and a very high cut pair of white bikini bottoms — Chris' former Home & Away co-star Kate Ritchie was also on hand for some '80s fun.

Kate Ritchie and a friend at an '80s themed party in Sydney
Chris' former Home & Away co-star Kate Ritchie was also at the party. Photo: Instagram/kateritchieofficial.

Kate, who appeared with Chris on the soap from 2004 to 2007, committed to the theme with crimped hair and a black printed t-shirt. The 45-year-old radio star recently holidayed in Chris' hometown of Byron Bay with her new boyfriend, 25-year-old businessman John Bell.

Also in attendance were Hollywood hunks Idris Elba and Matt Damon who matched Chris in full Adidas tracksuits and bucket hats.

Idris and Matt are both down under filming Three Thousand Years of Longing and Thor: Love and Thunder respectively. Matt and his family touched down in Australia back in January before completing their 14 days of quarantine in an 'undisclosed private location' in NSW.

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