Rebel Wilson slams lockdown and panic buyers online: 'Sydney WTF'

Rebel Wilson may be filming a new movie in the US, but she’s taken to social media to blast Sydney’s latest coronavirus lockdown.

A two-week lockdown was put in place for all of Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and the NSW Central Coast from Saturday evening.

Rebel Wilson posing.
Rebel has slammed the NSW government for Sydney’s latest lockdown. Photo: Instagram/rebelwilson

Residents in those areas are only allowed to leave the house for four reasons: to buy essential items such as food, to provide or receive care, for exercise or for work.

The restrictions were put in place after NSW Health reported 29 new COVID cases on Saturday, but Rebel has made it clear she’s not a fan.


The Aussie actress posted a series of photos on social media over the weekend, blasting the NSW government after the lockdown announcement was made.

“Sydney WTF!!!” the 41-year-old captioned a selfie on her Instagram story.

“You can’t keep locking down as a strategy,” she added in another post.

Rebel Wilson selfie.
Rebel is currently filming a new Netflix movie in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: Instagram/rebelwilson

Rebel also shared a photo from her mother Sue of a bare supermarket toilet paper shelf, writing: “Mum took this at Woolworths”.

The Pitch Perfect actress is currently in Atlanta, Georgia filming her new Netflix comedy film Senior Year, which will be released next year.

The project will be Rebel’s first movie since 2019, after taking 2020 off work for her ‘year of health’.

Empty shelves at Woolworths.
Panic buying has resumed around Australia. Photo: Instagram/rebelwilson

Paramedics called during panic buying

Rebel’s grocery social media post comes after paramedics tended to a man amid frenzied shopping scenes.

A NSW Ambulance spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia that paramedics attended a property at Kingsway, Miranda on Saturday about 5.15pm after a 20-year-old man dislocated his knee.

On social media, unconfirmed reports claimed the man was caught up in panic buying at Woolworths. However, the Miranda grocery store has denied these rumours.

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys denounced panic buying on Sunday, telling reporters that it was unnecessary.

“When we look at some of this panic buying, again we shake our heads. It is simply not required," he said.

”People should not do that. It should only cause angst in the community and we ask the people be sensible in that regard from here on in.”

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