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Channel Nine backs down after being blasted over ‘all-white’ cast of stars in Covid vaccine campaign

Channel Nine backs down to lefty Twitter mob who blasted the network over ‘all-white’ cast of stars in Covid vaccine campaign – as they edit in Indigenous presenter Brooke Boney and Asian travel gurus Kev and Teng

  • Channel Nine ad encouraging Australian’s to get vaccinated comes under fire 
  • The ‘all white’ Covid vaccine promotion was slammed by diversity advocates
  • Following the backlash, the ad was recut to include stars who are not Caucasian 

Channel 9 has yielded to angry Australians who blasted the network for using an all-white cast in its Covid-19 vaccine ad.

The TV network unveiled its #GetVaccinated promotion on Tuesday with the tagline ‘this is our shot’ to encourage people around the country to get the jab.

It featured a host local stars including The Block’s Scott Cam, the Today show’s Allison Langdon and Karl Stefanovic, but copped heavy criticism online due to a lack of diversity.

On Wednesday, the network launched a recut version of the campaign with Indigenous Today Show presenter Brooke Boney, and Asian travel gurus Kev and Teng.

Pictured: Indigenous host Brooke Boney, who featured in a recut version of Channel 9’s Covid ad following backlash

Pictured: Asian travel gurus Kev and Teng, who were also added to the TV campaign after social media users pointed out a lack of diversity

Pictured: Asian travel gurus Kev and Teng, who were also added to the TV campaign after social media users pointed out a lack of diversity

When approached for comment by Daily Mail Australia, Channel 9 doubled down on its original statement following the backlash on Tuesday.

‘As we are in the midst of a global pandemic, Nine Network is continuing to support community awareness regarding Covid and to be informed about the vaccination, this is our shot for Australia to be connected again,’ Director of television Michael Healy said.

‘It is an internal initiative and there will be a number of promos rolled out during this campaign’.

Also featured in the ad were comedians Hamish and Andy, sports presenter Erin Molan, Hot Seat’s Eddie McGuire, and singer superstar Amy Shark.

The Block’s Scott Cam is featured in the Covid-19 promotion getting the vaccine 

Offended viewers pointed out that all of the 18 celebrities in the ad are Caucasian, while others said a global pandemic wasn’t a time for an identity political debate. 

Leading the Twitter charge was Media Diversity Australia co-founder and Channel 10 presenter Antoinette Lattouf.

‘Yo Channel 9 you missed your shot at looking like you care about the health of anyone who isn’t white #getvaccinated #butonlyifyourewhite,’ she posted.

Ms Lattouf said though she applauded what the network was trying to do for public health, ‘good intentions doesn’t (sic) mean you escape criticism when you miss the mark’.

Pictured: Channel Nine's Erin Molan

Pictured: Channel Nine's Allison Langdon

Channel Nine has come under fire for its ‘all white’ television ad encouraging Australians to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Pictured: Channel Nine’s Erin Molan (left) and Allison Langdon (right)

Leading the Twitter charge was Media Diversity Australia co-founder and Channel 10 presenter Antoinette Lattouf

Leading the Twitter charge was Media Diversity Australia co-founder and Channel 10 presenter Antoinette Lattouf

‘How many people took part or approved it? Social media team, publicity team, on air talent, production etc,’ she said.

‘Many opportunities for someone to notice the glaring obvious. Welcome to blind spots folks. I trust it’s that and not white supremacy.’

ABC journalist Natasha Mitchell also took aim at the advertising whitewash.

‘So white. Australia is 24 million times more diverse. Do better to represent. Tagline “This is Our Shot” catchy and effective. It could stick,’ Mitchell wrote. 

Pictured: Vietnamese-Australian Newsreader Tracy Vo

Pictured: Popular Indigenous presenter Brooke Boney

Twitter users were baffled why Indigenous presenter Brooke Boney (right)was added after the backlash, and why Vietnamese-Australian newsreader Tracy Vo (left) was left out altogether

Lee Martin, who studies cultural diversity in workplaces said the ‘ad feels like one blonde woman after another interspersed with some white blokes’. 

Twitter users were baffled why Indigenous presenter Brooke Boney was left out of the original cut, and why Vietnamese-Australian newsreader Tracy Vo were left out altogether.

However not everyone took issue with the alleged lack of diversity in the ad. 

‘More race baiting. Sad,’ one Twitter user wrote.

‘There are more important things to be worried about,’ wrote another. 

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