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Auckland’s Gorilla Kitchen trick Israel Folau into donating money to Rainbow Youth

Vegan restaurant tricks Israel Folau into donating money to a gay and lesbian organisation

  • Vegan restaurant in Auckland had Israel Folau and his wife Maria dine with them
  • The owners donated the money they spent to an LGBT charity organisation
  • Social media users were extremely impressed with the move by the owners 

Banished Wallabies star Israel Folau has unwittingly donated to a queer and gender diverse youth charity because of fast thinking from staff at an Auckland restaurant.

The payment for Folau and his wife Maria’s meal at central city vegan eatery Gorilla Kitchen was donated to LGBTQ group Rainbow Youth, the restaurant revealed.

In a social media post, Gorilla Kitchen said its action was in response to Folau’s outspoken homophobic stance that resulted in his contract with Rugby Australia being terminated this year. 

 

Vegan restaurant in Auckland had Israel Folau and his wife Maria (pictured together) dine with them

Gorilla Kitchen, in Auckland, revealed on Facebook (pictured) on Thursday that the couple had 'inadvertently shown their support to Rainbow Youth'

Gorilla Kitchen, in Auckland, revealed on Facebook (pictured) on Thursday that the couple had ‘inadvertently shown their support to Rainbow Youth’

“Rainbow Youth donation from Israel Folau … Seems strange doesn’t it?” was the opening line of a Facebook post revealing the pair had dined there this month.

“What they didn’t realise was their money spent at Gorilla Kitchen was going to be donated to Rainbow Youth, an organisation that embraces diversity and offers support for our young and vulnerable rainbow community.

“Glad to see they are not #notashamed for supporting such a great cause.” 

The restaurant, which is owned and operated by a lesbian family, was praised for its actions online. 

In response to one post, Gorilla Kitchen explained it hadn’t asked Folau to leave because it believed it could make a more positive point by serving him.

“We found it quietly amusing he ate food cooked by a lesbian and then served by a lesbian. We haven’t gone to hell yet!”   

‘Speaks volumes really, unlike Folau, you are not judgmental and you treat people with humanity, had he known his money was supporting rainbow youth he probably would’ve choked,’ another commented.

Another said the move was funny but expressed concern about how other LGBT patrons might have felt.

'We don't turn anyone away at Gorilla Kitchen, because we love everyone, not just animals,' the social media post started

‘We don’t turn anyone away at Gorilla Kitchen, because we love everyone, not just animals,’ the social media post started

Social media users were extremely impressed with the move after Folau (pictured with his wife) had his $4million Rugby Australia contract torn up over homophobic social media posts

Social media users were extremely impressed with the move after Folau (pictured with his wife) had his $4million Rugby Australia contract torn up over homophobic social media posts

The restaurant responded they had considered asking him to leave. 

‘We are owned and operated by a lesbian family so we found it quietly amusing he ate food cooked by a lesbian and then served by a lesbian. We haven’t gone to hell yet,’ a comment from the restaurant read.

Earlier this weak leaked video footage showed Folau suggesting the legalisation of  same-sex marriage and abortion were to blame for Australia’s bushfire crisis. 

The devout Christian, who had his $4million Rugby Australia contract torn up over homophobic social media posts, was filmed on Sunday delivering his latest sermon at the Church of Jesus Christ in Kenthurst, Sydney’s north-west.  

Earlier this weak leaked video footage (pictured) showed Folau suggesting same-sex marriage and abortion are to blame for Australia's bushfire crisis

Earlier this weak leaked video footage (pictured) showed Folau suggesting same-sex marriage and abortion are to blame for Australia’s bushfire crisis

‘They’ve legalised same-sex marriage… Going against the laws that God says,’ he said in footage posted to The Truth of Jesus Christ Church’s Facebook page. 

‘Abortion – it’s OK now to murder and kill infants, unborn children – and they deem that to be OK. 

‘Look how rapid these bushfires, these droughts, all these things they’ve come in a short period of time – you think it’s a coincidence?’

Folau told worshippers ‘God was speaking’ to Australia and said: ‘You need to repent.’  

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Gorilla Kitchen and Rainbow Youth for comment. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk



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