Ernie Dingo reveals the racist trolling he has copped promoting vaccinations in remote Indigenous communities – including a vile threat to his young sons
- Dingo, 65, promoting vaccinations for Indigenous communities around WA
- He has been abused by anti-vaxxers with one threatening his young sons
- One vile message told television legend ‘your precious twins will suffer’
Australian TV legend Ernie Dingo has shared the horrific online messages he receives from anti-vaxxers while promoting the Covid jab to remote Indigenous communities.
The Great Outdoors host this week posted a screenshot of one particularly vile message he was sent which featured a threat against Dingo’s young twin sons.
‘You just participated in the biggest massacre in Australian history since 1970,’ the message began.
The message featured a racist remark and a threat that his twin sons would ‘fade away’.
Australian TV legend Ernie Dingo has shared the horrific messages he has copped as he travels around remote Indigenous communities encouraging people to get the jab
Dingo shared a screenshot of one particularly vile message he was sent by another social media user
‘Your precious twins will suffer and you will live to watch them fade away. So shall it be!’
Dingo shared the conversation to Twitter on Thursday with the caption ‘just when you think those f***tards go any lower, they do’.
The television star has been making his way through remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia in an attempt to boost vaccination rates.
The 65-year-old is no stranger to racial and online abuse since joining the government’s Vax the Outback campaign, which has seen him travel from Perth to Pilbara speaking to elders and Indigenous groups.
Dingo has reportedly been sent death deaths and became a major talking point among anti-vax groups online.
Speaking about the campaign, the actor said he wanted communities to feel ready to roll up their sleeves.
‘I’ll be having a cuppa and a yarn with countrymen over brekkie barbecues, listening to their concerns and encouraging them to be ready for the jab when the health teams come through the towns again,’ he said at the campaign launch.
The television star has been making his way through remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia in a mission to see vaccination rates soar
Dingo has been on the receiving end of vile messages from anti-vaxxers. He is pictured above at the 2014 AACTA awards
‘It’s about knowledge, about making our communities feel ready for the vaccine when it comes around.
‘I’ll also be out there with the BushTV crew filming it all, getting on Indigenous radio waves, and driving home that message – that to protect ourselves, our families, our elders and communities we’ve all got to get vaccinated.’
Last year, medical journal The Lancet reported that Indigenous Australians have an increased risk of Covid-19 due to existing health and socioeconomic inequities.
Vaccination rates for Indigenous Western Australians are currently at 39 per cent double dosed, while 73 per cent of non-Indigenous residents in the state are fully vaxxed.