Self-confessed ‘bad-ass middle aged mother and domestic goddess’ comes under fire for her poverty-shaming Facebook post stereotyping ‘poor people’ after her $41k BMW was stolen
- A Brisbane woman started a Facebook page after her BMW was allegedly stolen
- Bridget’s BMW Rescue Journey page was started by lawyer Dr Dr Bridget Cullen
- Facebook page followed fictional meth-addicted teen who allegedly stole car
- Posts were slammed as ‘wildly inappropriate’ but Dr Cullen hit back at criticism
A lawyer and elite Christian school board member has been accused of ‘stereotyping poor people’ on a Facebook page she set-up following the theft of her luxury car.
Dr Bridget Cullen created the page after her black 2017 BMW 5 series sports car was allegedly stolen from her Indooroopilly, west Brisbane, home in December last year.
Dr Cullen, a lawyer with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, jokingly pretended to be the alleged offender on a page called Bridget’s BMW Rescue Journey, the Courier Mail reported.
The public page, which has since been deleted, followed a fictional meth-addicted teenager whose mother is a prostitute living in government housing in Redbank.
Dr Bridget Cullen (pictured) said she started a Facebook page to assist police with their investigations after her luxury car was alleged stolen
Dr Cullen’s black 2017 BMW 5 series sports car was allegedly stolen from her home in Indooroopilly, west Brisbane in December last year. The vehicle has since been recovered
The series of satirical posts followed the teenager as he drove the vehicle around the local area and continued to break the law, including stealing mobile phones.
‘Driving the beast all over town, buying up big on pseudoephedrine for big cook-up tonight,’ one post read.
According to the posts, the fictional teen had spent time at the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre, used fake IDs and referred to people who live in ‘Indro’ as ‘c**ts’.
The teen would also go on ‘benders’ and revealed how when they visited their grandmother for her birthday they yelled ‘What the f**k are you trying to do?’.
Almost 600 followers joined the page, reportedly including Liberal National Party candidate for the Brisbane seat of McConnel in the 2020 state election, Pinky Singh.
Criminal lawyer Tam Elabbasi was also reportedly a ‘top fan’ of the page and allegedly wrote on the Facebook page on January 26 ‘I’m negotiating your movie deal! Easy money lol!’.
A series of posts on the Bridget’s BMW Rescue Journey Facebook page which Dr Cullen set-up in response to her vehicle allegedly being stolen
Dr Cullen is a member of the Presbyterian and Methodist Schools’ Association and the acting chair of the Brisbane Boys’ College school council.
The PMSA owns the college plus Clayfield College, Somerville House and Sunshine Coast Grammar School.
A senior source within the schools told the Courier-Mail the posts were ‘wildly inappropriate, and stereotyped poor people in disadvantaged areas’.
Another said they were shocked by the ‘horrific language’ used.
The Facebook page had close to 600 followers but has since been pulled down
Dr Cullen had been frustrated police were unable to use tracking technology to locate the vehicle because of privacy laws.
She said she created the page ‘to harness the power of social media to assist police in their investigation’.
She said she worked closely with Queensland Police, who recovered the vehicle, and was grateful for their work and for those who provided information in response to her posts.
‘Any attempt to suggest that my posts were more than this would be driven by an agenda that does not respect my status as a recent victim of crime,’ she said.
‘I am committed to social justice, for all persons in our society. It is often the case when a woman is in a leadership position that some people will look for an easy way to cut them down.’
Dr Cullen was recently appointed to to the Presbyterian and Methodist Schools’ Association which owns Brisbane Boys’ College, Clayfield College, Somerville House and Sunshine Coast Grammar School (pictured)