Former Bachelorette Georgia Love has apologised after posting an ‘offensive’ video to her Instagram Story on Monday.
The 33-year-old was criticised for filming a video of a cat sitting in the window of an Asian restaurant.
“Shop attendant or lunch?!” she captioned the post alongside a shocked emoji and a cry-laughing emoji.
After receiving backlash from her followers, it didn’t take long for the Seven News Melbourne presenter to delete the video and issue a lengthy apology.
“Earlier I posted a video of a cat in a restaurant window. I meant for this to be a joke about an animal being in a restaurant at lunch service time,” she began.
“I meant absolutely no insinuation about the type of animal nor the type of restaurant, but I see that my post did not come across like that and was offensive.
“I sincerely apologise for the oversight and offence I have caused. Thank you to those who called me out.
“This is what we need to make sure we are all accountable and do better. Again, I apologise from the bottom of my heart for the offence caused.”
Shortly after, popular ‘watchdog’ Instagram account Aussie Influencer Opinions re-posted Georgia’s initial video and apology.
A number of celebrities then weighed in on the scandal, including author Clementine Ford.
“It’s asking for a lot of suspended disbelief to think someone who works in the media wouldn’t be aware of the racist connotations being made here,” she commented.
“And if she’s not - and has somehow managed to bypass even being aware of the #stopasianhate movement - it confirms again how low Australia sets the bar for people to be given high profile jobs in TV media, and just how insular they are allowed to be.”
Following this, the former reality TV star ended up messaging the account and once again reiterated that it was a mistake.
“Hi AIO. Thank you for calling out my story - I hand on heart meant for the “joke” (albeit a bad one) to be about an animal being in a restaurant at lunch service time.
“Not that it was a cat specifically nor that it was an Asian restaurant. I trust did not mean for any insinuation of that and I sincerely apologise for the oversight and any offence I have caused.”
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