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Hollywood hunk Chris Hemsworth leads the stars who refused to celebrate Australia Day this year

The question of whether the nation should change the date of Australia Day has become one of the country’s most contentious political issues. 

And Hollywood superstar Chris Hemsworth, 35, led the celebrity charge of stars who want to see the date moved from January 26. 

The Thor actor took to Instagram to share an impassioned speech about he deems the importance of moving the date. 

 Change the date! Hollywood star Chris Hemsworth (pictured), Pia Miller, and Matty J Johnson lead the stars who refused to celebrate Australia Day this year

The Avengers star said it was a day of ‘mixed emotions’ for many Australians, making direct reference to indigenous people. 

‘Let’s find a date to celebrate this beautiful country that doesn’t exclude our indigenous people and doesn’t ignore the pain and suffering that has occurred.’

Making his feelings known, he continued: ‘Australia Day should be a day where we are all united not divided,’ adding the controversial #changethedate hashtag. 

Push forward: 'Let's find a date to celebrate this beautiful country that doesn't exclude our indigenous people and doesn't ignore the pain and suffering that has occurred,' Chris wrote

Push forward: ‘Let’s find a date to celebrate this beautiful country that doesn’t exclude our indigenous people and doesn’t ignore the pain and suffering that has occurred,’ Chris wrote

Moved: Sharing the above photo, The Avengers star said it was a day of 'mixed emotions' for many Australians, making direct reference to indigenous people

Moved: Sharing the above photo, The Avengers star said it was a day of ‘mixed emotions’ for many Australians, making direct reference to indigenous people

Making his feelings known, he continued: 'Australia Day should be a day where we are all united not divided,' adding the controversial #changethedate hashtag

Making his feelings known, he continued: ‘Australia Day should be a day where we are all united not divided,’ adding the controversial #changethedate hashtag

A number of iconic Australian stars took to their social media accounts to campaign for a date change, with Pia Miller also appearing to protest the date.

The Chilean-born stunner chose to simply post an glorious artwork of the Aboriginal flag along with a number of indigenous children, To Instagram. 

TV star Matty ‘J’ Johnson was far more vocal in his protest, and claimed the controversial date should be moved. 

Simple sign: The Chilean-born stunner Pia Miller (pictured) chose to simply post a glorious artwork of the Aboriginal flag

Simple sign: The Chilean-born stunner Pia Miller (pictured) chose to simply post a glorious artwork of the Aboriginal flag

Sharing a picture of the Aboriginal flag, he wrote: ‘I absolutely love this country and I’m keen as the next person to celebrate this. But I think Jan 26 is not that day.’  

The former Bachelor added a popular left-wing slogan to his protest: ‘There is no pride in genocide – it’s time to change the date.’  

The Bachelor franchise host Osher Günsberg went on to share his feeling about the date saying it was ‘confronting’ to talk about. 

'There is no pride in genocide': Former Bachelor Matty J Johnson took a noticeably hardline approach to his post about the issue. Pictured with girlfriend Laura Byrne 

‘There is no pride in genocide’: Former Bachelor Matty J Johnson took a noticeably hardline approach to his post about the issue. Pictured with girlfriend Laura Byrne 

Of the date, he said: ‘For a large part of our community it’s a reminder of continuing oppression, systemic racism, policies of oppression and the ongoing effects of colonialism that still exist now in 2019.’ 

‘I love my country of Australia and I’ll do anything to play my part in making it into the greatest country in the world. One of those things is talking about January 26.’

Meanwhile, iconic singer Jimmy Barnes weighed in, discussing his own experiences as a ‘Scottish immigrant.’ 

Not mincing words: 'If you're an Australian, your heritage would either be Aboriginal, Convict, Immigrant or Refugee. We're f**king lucky to share this great country,' Jimmy Barnes said

Not mincing words: ‘If you’re an Australian, your heritage would either be Aboriginal, Convict, Immigrant or Refugee. We’re f**king lucky to share this great country,’ Jimmy Barnes said

‘If you’re an Australian, your heritage would either be Aboriginal, Convict, Immigrant or Refugee. We’re f**king lucky to share this great country,’ he said.

‘It’s given me an opportunity to have a better life and become a better man,’ he said before concluding: ‘Always was and always will be #IndigenousAustralia’. 

He also added the hashtag #changethedate.  

Indigenous actress Miranda Tapsell also weighed in on the commentary, pointing to research that says Aboriginal people could have been here for 80,000 years.    

Protest: 'It's a reminder of continuing oppression, systemic racism, policies of oppression and the ongoing effects of colonialism,' Bachelor in Paradise host Osher Gunsberg (right) wrote 

Protest: ‘It’s a reminder of continuing oppression, systemic racism, policies of oppression and the ongoing effects of colonialism,’ Bachelor in Paradise host Osher Gunsberg (right) wrote 

She wrote: ‘Commemorating this day steamrolls over the very foundations of this great nation for something sparkly and distracting. Erases our history.’

Clearly emotional, she continued: ‘Celebrating January 26 tells Aboriginal people that their lives don’t matter as much as other lives.   

‘That whoever wishes to have a bbq and drink doesn’t want or care for the nation to fix the issues that continue to hurt Aboriginal and TS Islander communities.’

She finished: ‘We didn’t create this divide. And it’s on you to heal it. I can still love where I was born and still believe that it can be better.’ 

Justice: 'We didn't create this divide. And it's on you to heal it. I can still love where I was born and still believe that it can be better': Love Child star Miranda Tapsell wrote in protest 

Justice: ‘We didn’t create this divide. And it’s on you to heal it. I can still love where I was born and still believe that it can be better’: Love Child star Miranda Tapsell wrote in protest 

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