Three of Australia’s biggest stars – Nadia Bartel, Guy Sebastian and Georgia Love – have been under intense scrutiny this week over their recent social media scandals.
Nadia Bartel, 35, has been slammed for her ‘gutless’ apology after leaked footage saw her snorting a white powder at a party during Melbourne‘s lockdown, while Georgia, 33, has deleted her Twitter account following a ‘racist’ Instagram post.
The Voice coach Guy Sebastian, 39, has also come under fire for withdrawing his support for an industry-wide campaign urging Aussies to get the Covid-19 vaccine.
Daily Mail Australia takes a look at the embattled stars’ online reputation this week.
Insta-FAIL! Daily Mail Australia takes a look at the online backlash Nadia Bartel (pictured) has received, after leaked footage on Instagram saw her snorting a white powder at a party amid Melbourne’s lockdown last week
The former AFL WAG has been slammed for issuing a ‘gutless’ apology after footage emerged of her breaking Melbourne’s lockdown and snorting what appeared to be a white powder at a party on Thursday night last week.
Nadia, 35, wrote a statement to Instagram after the embarrassing video was leaked, but some fans slammed her brief apology and condemned her for turning off comments on her post.
Entertainment reporter Peter Ford Tweeted: ‘Probably wisely Nadia doesn’t want to see public response with comments turned off… and to her credit she didn’t reach into the Glomesh and pull out the mental health card.’
Apology: The former WAG, 35, wrote a statement to Instagram last Friday after the embarrassing video was leaked
Speaking out: Some fans slammed her brief apology, condemning her for turning off comments on her post
‘Cannot believe ANY company will keep her on as an influencer! Choices have consequences. Committed a crime shoved it in the face of everyone following lockdown rules,’ one person commented.
In Nadia’s short apology, she vowed to ‘make better choices’ moving forward and admitted that she was humiliated over the incident.
‘Hi everyone, I have let you all down by my actions. I take full responsibility and I am committed to taking all necessary steps to ensure I make better choices in future,’ she wrote in an Instagram post.
‘To my family and friends, my business partners and the public health workers trying to keep us all safe, I am embarrassed and remorseful.
Shock footage: In the video, Nadia is seen snorting the powder off a $1.50 Kmart plate being held by a dark-haired woman, as a third woman displays a two-fingered hand gesture in the background
‘I am truly and deeply sorry. I hope I can earn your forgiveness and, in time, your trust.’
Nadia is also facing calls to ditch her AFL star ex-husband Jimmy’s famous surname, with critics saying she should revert back to her maiden name Coppolino.
The fashion designer has continued to use former Geelong Cats star and Brownlow Medallist Jimmy’s surname since the AFL couple’s split in August 2019.
‘Seems like now would finally be a good time for Nadia Bartel to stop using her ex-husband’s surname and revert to her own. Sure, no one will know who she is, but maybe that’s for the best after today,’ one user Tweeted last Friday.
‘Bartel surname ruined,’ one added, while another agreed: ‘Dragging the Bartel name through the mud yet again.’
‘Bartel name ruined!’ Critics are also calling for Nadia to revert back to her maiden name Coppolino after ‘bringing shame’ to her ex-husband Jimmy’s surname amid her snorting scandal. Pictured with Jimmy in 2017
‘Seems like now would finally be a good time’: While the fashion designer has since offered a grovelling apology on Instagram, critics say she’s already sullied her former husband Jimmy Bartel’s last name, and should revert back to her maiden name
Nadia and three other women were issued with Penalty Infringement Notices for breaching COVID lockdown last Thursday.
‘Four women have been issued with Penalty Infringement Notices following a gathering at a Richmond address in contravention of the Chief Health Officer’s restrictions,’ a Victoria Police spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia on Monday.
‘The incident occurred at a private address on Thursday, September 2, at 4pm.
‘A 36-year-old Windsor woman, a 32-year-old Richmond woman, a 33-year-old Pascoe Vale woman and a 35-year-old Strathmore woman have all been issued with a Penalty Infringement Notice for failing to comply with requirements in relation to a private or public gathering.
‘The monetary penalty for each Penalty Infringement Notice is $5,452.
‘A fifth woman at the address was not charged as she was complying with CHO employment restrictions.’
The Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, Shane Patton, confirmed that they were taking no further action because officers were ‘unable to determine what the substance on the plate was’.
Change of heart? Guy Sebastian (pictured) has been criticised online for withdrawing his support for an industry-wide campaign calling on Australians to get the Covid-19 vaccine
Guy, 39, has been criticised online for withdrawing his support for an industry-wide campaign calling on Australians to get the Covid-19 vaccine.
The #VaxTheNation movement is urging Aussies to get vaccinated in order to stop the cycle of lockdowns and help restart the live music industry.
The Voice Australia coach, shared an Instagram post endorsing the campaign on Monday, but deleted it just hours later, uploading a video apologising to his fans.
Guy appeared to have withdrawn his support after being trolled by anti-vaxxers, according to social media users who saw the comments on his initial post.
‘Hello, everybody. I just wanted to jump on here to clear something up,’ he said in his video posted on Monday night.
‘I’m sure some of you today might have seen an industry call-out with the best of intentions for our live music industry, which is absolutely decimated, trying to find a pathway forward so we can all assemble together again.
‘I’ve always done everything that I can to support my industry but the campaign was posted to my page without my direct involvement.
‘And while I, like everyone else in my industry, want things to get going again, it is not my role to communicate in the way that post was communicated.’
‘I’m really sorry’: Guy, 39, had shared a post to Instagram endorsing the #VaxTheNation campaign on Monday, but deleted it hours later and uploaded a video apologising to his fans
‘I would never ever tell people what to do when it comes to their personal health choices,’ Guy added, in reference to the Covid vaccine.
‘I’m very sensitive of it, not only at a public level but even in my personal life with people who have had circumstances that they have to consider when making these choices.’
He continued: ‘I just want to say I’m really sorry. It was not a post that was communicated with love or compassion, which I feel is what’s needed when it comes to addressing things like vaccinations.
‘I just wanted to clarify that so that I could speak my truth and people know how I actually feel. So lots of love.’
Several fans expressed their disappointment after Guy withdrew his support for the campaign, with one tweeting: ‘Is he telling the industry he’s above #VaxTheNation?
Reaction: Several fans expressed their disappointment after Guy withdrew his support for the campaign, including Perth alternative rock trio Shangrila who tweeted: ‘Love you Guy Sebastian and I know there’s no winning that fight for you (comments were crazy) but I wish you didn’t back out of this post man #VaxTheNation’
‘Once his supporters aren’t allowed into a show there’ll be another backflip! Without the backbone it’ll make it easier for him!’
Perth alternative rock trio Shangrila also commented: ‘Love you Guy Sebastian and I know there’s no winning that fight for you (comments were crazy) but I wish you didn’t back out of this post man. #VaxTheNation.’
‘You know that there are celebrities worldwide who are promoting for everyone to get vaccinated. It’s not a bad thing, is it? #GuySebastian,’ another wrote.
Guy clarified in a statement to Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday that he wasn’t opposed to the Covid-19 vaccine, but didn’t agree with telling people ‘what to do in regards to their personal health choices’.
Stance: Guy (pictured with wife Jules) clarified in a statement to Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday that he wasn’t opposed to the Covid-19 vaccine, but didn’t agree with telling people ‘what to do in regards to their personal health choices’
The Battle Scars singer said: ‘There is no confusion, I made the personal decision to be double vaccinated. I support the music industry initiatives to revive our industry.
‘However, I personally don’t believe it is my place to deal in absolutes to tell people what to do in regards to their personal health choices.
‘We need to remember to communicate with empathy and understanding. This has always been my goal.’
Embattled: Seven News reporter Georgia Love (pictured) has been pulled from on-air duties and relegated to the production desk just days after posting a ‘racist’ video on Instagram
Seven News reporter Georgia Love has been pulled from on-air duties and relegated to the production desk just days after posting a ‘racist’ video on Instagram.
Following a workplace investigation, Seven alerted staff via email on Friday that Love had been ‘counselled’ and reassigned to an off-camera role ‘effective immediately’.
Georgia, 33, deleted her Twitter account in the wake of ongoing backlash after she posted a series of offensive memes and videos about Asian restaurants.
Gone: Georgia, 33, has deleted her Twitter account in the wake of ongoing backlash after she posted a series of offensive memes and videos about Asian restaurants
Disappearing act: Despite having a reputation for being a prolific tweeter, the former Bachelorette disabled her Twitter page on Wednesday
Despite having a reputation for being a prolific tweeter, the former Bachelorette disabled her Twitter page on Wednesday.
Having previously used the handle ‘@georgiealove’, a search for the account returns the following automated message: ‘This account doesn’t exist’.
Georgia uploaded footage of a cat sitting in the window of an Asian restaurant in Melbourne on Monday.
She wrote across the footage: ‘Shop attendant or lunch?! [shocked emoji, crying-laughing emoji].’
Creating controversy: Georgia sparked backlash on Monday by uploading footage of a cat sitting in the window of an Asian restaurant in Melbourne
Georgia, who has since deleted the video, later returned to Instagram with a heartfelt apology post.
‘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,’ she continued.
In poor taste: She wrote across the footage: ‘Shop attendant or lunch?! [shocked emoji, crying-laughing emoji]’
Addressing the post: ‘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,’ she wrote online
Not the first time: Instagram page Aussie Influencer Opinions called out Georgia on Tuesday, sharing a screenshot of a meme she posted back in 2013
‘Again, I apologise from the bottom of my heart for the offence caused,’ the journalist concluded.
The TV journalist was called out a second time by Instagram page Aussie Influencer Opinions on Tuesday for posting an offensive meme back in 2013.
The since-deleted post showed an ‘animal hospital’ positioned next to an Asian restaurant named ‘China Chef’.
Called out: Many fans criticised Georgia’s post in the comments, with one person writing: ‘She wasn’t 15, she was an adult’
Below the photo of the two storefronts was a cartoon image of a dog, with the caption: ‘That’s suspicious…’
Sharing the offensive meme to her Instagram grid in February 2013, Georgia simply captioned it: ‘Best.’
‘She totally knew what she was doing. Not letting this one go,’ Aussie Influencer Opinions captioned a screenshot of Georgia’s post.
Aussie Influencer Opinions also addressed Georgia deleting the meme from her Instagram page in a separate post on Instagram Stories on Tuesday.
‘SHE DELETED THE POST. Remember, once you post something on the internet, it remains forever,’ they added.
Not unnoticed: Aussie Influencer Opinions also addressed Georgia deleting the meme from her Instagram page in a separate post on Instagram Stories on Tuesday