August 1, 2015
AUSTRALIANS UNITE: ‘I STAND WITH ADAM GOODES’
Celebrities, athletes, political figures take a stand against racism and unite in support for Adam Goodes. #istandwithadam
As Sydney Swans players prepared to run through a banner adorned with the simple word “RESPECT”, youngsters, footballers, actors and well known Australians threw their support behind Adam Goodes and the #istandwithadam campaign promoted by Fairfax Media on Saturday.
Goodes, who is on leave after being continually booed at football matches, has received strong support from Fairfax Media through The Age and Sydney Morning Herald editorials declaring their support for #istandwithadam.
All of the Melbourne football players wore the colours of the Aboriginal flag in tape on their limbs, mostly at their wrists, while indigenous player Travis Varcoe of Collingwood wore an Aboriginal flag taped to his bicep.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews backed the Fairfax Media campaign with his own call to action: “My challenge to the people of Victoria or those at the SCG this weekend is this: if the person next to you starting booing – call them out It’s wrong, it’s not in the spirit of the game and it’s not in the spirit of our nation,” he said.
Elaine Carbines, chief of Geelong business group G21, described The Age’s coverage as inspirational.
A sign outside the SCG has called for fans to have a standing ovation at the third quarter at the seven minute mark to acknowledge the absent Adam Goodes.
And while famous actors might appreciate going to the footy in peace, actor Peter Phelps has called for footy fans to “call out” to him that they support his stance against the bigoted booing and in support of Adam Goodes at the game today.
Meanwhile, on social media football fans across the country posted messages of support, hours beofre the Swans are due to play Adelaide Crows in front of a crowd of more than 40,000, expected to be the biggest for the Swans this year.
Fans travelling from the ACT to the Sydney game were going prepared with banners in support of Adam Goodes.
Businesses, churches and homes have embraced the campaign backed by Fairfax Media.
Junior players have begun wearing indigenous round jumpers and painting Goodes’ number 37 on their arms, including Under 8s Wests’ Juniors v Drummoyne Power in Sydney.
And non-Swans fans are also coming out in support.
Actor Les Hill, writing from Los Angeles, described himself as a Swans fan: “My family is of indigenous heritage, and are related to the Ella brothers, proud Australian athletes who never had to put up with (to my knowledge) the disgraceful behaviour that AG is dealing with.
“The current situation, in my opinions, is bringing to a head important points and questions about who we are as a nation. As people, and as a nation. But it should not be at one good mans expense. It is not his burden.”
Paula Duncan wrote: “A great sportsman, a fine man who has given and contributed so much to our Australian community, demonstrated great spirit in promoting inclusion and acceptance in diversity and respect for others. Australian of the year, I stand right behind Adam Goodes.”
Writers like Hannah Kent and human rights activists Hugh de Kretser and David Mann also sent video messages and tweets in support of the #istandwithadam campaign.
While the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, representing journalists, also tweeted support of #istandwithadam.
And reporters followed suit.
Melbourne Radio 3AW talkback host Neil Mitchell has tweeted about Adam Goodes after he condemned Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews for calling booing fans “bigoted”.
“How does he know that most of the people booing Adam Goodes are racist? How does he know what’s in their head?” Mr Mitchell said earlier in the week.
But on Saturday he tweeted two posts saying Goodes was “hurt personally” and needed to be treated decently.