Aussie actress Magda Szubanski has hit back after a post by former celebrity chef Pete Evans prompted a wave of fat-shaming from fans.
The star of Babe and Kath & Kim was featured in a Victorian government ad urging Victorians to comply with mask-wearing orders, which Pete Evans took to Facebook to slam.
Playing her beloved Sharon Strzelecki character from the Melbourne-based comedy series, the comedian was featured in a mask reminding Victorians that the virus, not the lockdown is the ‘enemy’.
Taking to his social media page which boasts just shy of 1.5 million followers, Pete Evans, who has been sharing coronavirus conspiracies for months, shared his horror at the ad, and others of the like which he described as ‘the most offensive and disgraceful ads I have ever seen in television’.
“Enough is enough,” he wrote. “Imagine if they actually wanted to help people get healthy… how would an ad like that look and sound?”
In response, dozens of the chef’s followers posted highly offensive comments directed at the star’s weight.
“What [a] picture of health Magda is, no wonder Dan picked her to lead his health campaign.,” one wrote.
Others called her a ‘cow’ a ‘pig’ and a range of other insults.
The comments are still visible on the chef’s post.
‘Sick to f***ing death’: Magda slams Pete Evans and followers on Twitter
In response the Order of Australia officer took to Twitter to slam the attack, and call out Pete Evans in the process, saying she was ‘sick to f***ing death’ of skinny people assuming they are morally superior.
“Frankly I am sick to f***ing death of skinny people (yes Pete Evans and your followers) assuming they are morally and spiritually superior,” she wrote on Twitter, sharing a screenshot of some of the more offensive comments.
“#fatshaming me & assertion that fat people have no place in discussion about public health not only insults me but also all the fat nurses, doctors, ambos etc who give so much,” she initially wrote. “My Polish gran was fat & a nurse & she risked her life to hide Jews from the Nazis #fattiesunite.”
Many fans of the actor agreed with her post, pointing out that leaving the comments on his Facebook post was tantamount to ignoring the bullying comments.
“Why is it always the "love and light" brigade who manage to preach positivity while ignoring the trolling & bullying of other people?” one person wrote.
“This is disgusting,” one woman agreed. “What is wrong with people these days. I cannot believe how horrible people are.”
“Now on his FB he’s allowing bullying comments,” another person pointed out.
Pete Evans slammed for coronavirus theories on social media
The latest from the former celebrity chef comes after he was axed from My Kitchen Rules by Channel Seven after almost a decade.
The departure came on the back of the chef’s receiving a $25,200 fine from the Therapeutic Goods Administration after he advertised a $15,000 lamp as a potential coronavirus treatment online.
Since then the chef has been outspoken on social media regarding Coronavirus, in July prompting a wave of backlash when he shared a controversial post claiming the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t as bad as it is being made out to be, despite the rising death toll.
Pete posted a meme comparing a T-Rex dinosaur from Jurassic Park to the cuddly children’s character Barney the dinosaur, with the words: “Covid according to the media vs COVID in real life.” He also added a love heart and rainbow emoji in the caption.
Global deaths from the virus has now reached over 500,000, according to the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre, with many people online calling on the reality star to ‘have some respect’ for the many that have lost family members and loved ones to the outbreak.