Miranda Tapsell: ” I don’t feel like an Australian”

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Love Child star Miranda Tapsell told Nine’s The Verdict last night she did not identify as Australian.

The outspoken actress, who recalled the bullying she received as a young child due to having Indigenous and non-Indigenous parents, was asked by host Karl Stefanovic, “Do you identify yourself as an Australian?”

“No,” she replied.

“Because when I go to Australia Day I don’t feel like an Australian that day, because essentially people are telling me that I can’t be a part of that.”

Asked if she would happily sing the national anthem she said, “I’d mumble it…. out of the corner of my mouth maybe.”

Her views drew a mixed response on social media.

3 Comments:

  1. Sounds fair enough to me. The jingoistic boganity that has come to be the popular unofficial face of Australia Day makes me feel unAustralian, and from what I’ve seen in public & on TV it seems that mumbling the national anthem out of the corner of their mouth (or even less when it comes to the bit they can’t remember about “toil[ing] with hearts and hands” and the embarassing bit about sharing our boundless plains with those who’ve come across the sea) is the norm.

  2. I caught the end of this interview, another instalment in Karl’s long journey towards his dream of achieving media cred – all ruined by the singalong at the finish. Note to Karl: never sing or dance in public.

  3. I didn’t watch the verdict but was watching the principal and another person told me to pop this interview on so I did. The interview was quite clumsy. When it finished I didn’t know what to make of it.

    I have no interest in the verdict so never planned to watch but based on gogglebox and this interview its doesn’t look good.

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