Rugby Australia kicked Israel Folau for homophobic comments, and now Joel Creasey wants to debate him on live TV.
It is 2019, and like every aspect of our lives, we are supposed to be moving forward, but it seems that some people have trouble getting into their heads that being gay is not a choice. Israel Folau is one of those Christians who seems to think that being gay is a sin.
Well, he was ejected from 'Rugby Australia' for exactly those comments, with his $4 million contracts being torn up by the federation. If that were the end of the story, then you can say justice served its purpose but as it turns out the multimillionaire is asking people on GoFundMe to help him raise $3 million for his battle against Rugby Australia.
GoFundMe is somewhere people turn to help sick people pay their medical bills, but now that platform is being used to fund a hateful person’s battle to get more money from the federation that rightly banned him in the first place. Well, he is claiming that the comments are not in breach of contract, but he is exercising his religious freedom rights.
First thing, what kind of religion allows hate against other people? Sorry, stupid question, all of the religions do. But still Religious Freedom is not a defense for homophobic slurs, even if we were not living in a 24-hour news cycle world with the caveat of Social Media, it would still be not ok to attack people based on their sexuality.
Well, one person took the issue to Israel calling this battle with Rugby Australia, “the fight of my life.” Comedian Joel Creasey, who is gay, took to Facebook and challenged Israel to a debate on national television.
“You say you have the “fight of your life” on your hands trying to raise funds to defend your blatant homophobia,” the comedian posted. “If you’d like to put that in perspective I’m more than happy to debate you on national television. I can assure you that will be a far tougher fight,” Joel continued.
He didn’t stop there and went a little further by also taking a crack at the hashtag Israel used at the end of his post, #SaveIzzy. He wrote, “Also couldn’t help but notice you were using the hashtag #SaveIzzy. I literally have sex with dudes but your hashtag is still the gayest thing I’ve ever seen or heard. Izzy! Reminded me of someone so I made you a photo.”
Talk about a severe burn; he ended the post by telling Israel to let him know when he is free to chat and posted a photoshopped picture of Israel’s head on Hillary Duff’s body, the actress who played the character of 'Izzy Maguire' on Disney.
As it turns out, the people over at GoFundMe aren’t that thrilled to have a page on their site that supports hate. So, the page was taken down by the donation hosting site for breach of terms of services. It seems everywhere Israel goes, he is breaching terms of services.
GoFundMe’s Australian region manager talked in a statement made to the Sydney Morning Herald that they were, “absolutely committed to the fight for equality for LGBTIQ+ people and fostering an environment of inclusivity,” Nicola Britton said.
The site is for donation to children to go through harsh procedures, not rich people who are scared of inclusivity. Israel owns a $500,000 Lamborghini and has a $7 million property portfolio; he doesn’t need the money, the children below him need that $700,000 he has raised. There is no place for hate in our society, and that is precisely the sentiment echoed by the region manager Nicola Britton, “While we welcome GoFundMe’s engaging in diverse civil debate, we do not tolerate the promotion of discrimination or exclusion.” Good on you, Ms. Britton.
The donation organization will refund everyone who donated to bring the amount to $700,000. As for Israel, the proverb goes, ‘You reap what you sow,’ it was you who made the comments and decided to be a hateful person now you have to live with the repercussions.