MasterChef's Melissa Leong claps back at racist online troll: 'Be better'

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Melissa Leong has brilliantly responded to an online troll who left a racist comment on Facebook this week, telling them to ‘be better’.

The MasterChef judge, who was born and raised in Australia to Singaporean-Chinese parents, took to Instagram to fire back at the cruel social media user and correct their spelling and grammar mistakes.

MasterChef's Melissa Leong.
Melissa Leong has fired back at a racist troll on social media. Photo: Instagram/10styling

Melissa shared a screenshot of the comment to her Instagram Story, circling the errors in red and fixing their grammatical errors.

Similar to how she judges food on the cooking competition, she gave the user’s post a score of two out of ten.

“Smell is a crucial part of tasting, let alone critical tasting,” she wrote. “I’m done with letting this gross racism and ignorant trash slide. Be Better.”

MasterChef judge Melissa Leong's Instagram story.
Melissa told the racist troll to ‘be better’. Photo: Instagram/fooderati

Melissa has become well-known for calling out inappropriate behaviour online, even blasting her friend Georgia Love earlier this year over her ‘casual racism’.

The former Bachelorette was forced to apologise after posting a video of a cat sitting in the window of an Asian restaurant with the caption: “Shop attendant or lunch?!”

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Melissa was one of the many celebrities who weighed in on the saga shortly after it happened, saying that she was “completely bummed”.

“Casual racism from nice people is possibly the most betraying and insidious kind. Not angry, just completely bummed that this video exists and that it isn’t the first joke of this kind made by her,” she shared on her Instagram story.

“Georgia, I really hope your remorse is real and that you grow in the right direction, because this stuff hurts more people, more than you think. We must be allies for each other for a better world for all.”

MasterChef judges.
Jock Zonfrillo has defended Melissa from racist comments in the past. Photo: Instagram/10styling

Melissa’s recent social media clap back comes after her MasterChef co-star Jock Zonfrillo defended her from another racist troll online who had called her a “gook”.

"She’s actually Melissa, she’s my work wife, my sister, my mate, she drinks espresso like I do, she is able to express and articulate a damn sight better than you can clearly and that is just the beginning Graham,” he wrote on Instagram last year alongside a screenshot of the man’s Facebook comment.

“She’s a woman whose origin happens to be different than yours, but why does that make you so afraid? I feel sorry for you that you cannot see past the colour of someone’s skin or actually the fact they are just different than your white ass in any way.

“Graham, please get educated and be a better human. You owe it to yourself and everyone around you who are most probably too embarrassed by the shit you say to let you know.

I’m sick of this type of thing getting sent to me so here’s a heads up... If you send this kind of shit to me it’s getting called out.”

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