A Channel Nine reporter who felt the the brunt of angry US protesters while reporting on riots in Los Angeles over the death of George Floyd has come under more fire from Aboriginal activists back home.
The network’s US correspondent Alexis Daish and her cameraman were in West Hollywood on Saturday afternoon local time filming the protests for Sunday morning’s edition of Weekend Today.
Protests and riots have erupted across the US since George Floyd, 46, died in Minneapolis on Monday after a white cop pressed his knee against Mr Floyd’s neck for eight minutes.
The young blonde reporter interviewed protesters throughout the morning, some of whom were angered by her questioning.
Her interviewing also sparked backlash from Aboriginal activists including rapper Adam Briggs, who took to social media to vent their outrage.
Channel Nine US correspondent Alexis Daish (pictured interviewing a protester) has come under widespread backlash for her reporting of the riots in Los Angeles
‘This country was built on violence,’ one American protester replied when Ms Daish asked whether their message had been lost in the violence seen on the streets.
‘I’m not going to give you a history lesson. If you don’t know, then that’s the problem. You don’t know where the violence starts.’
‘Why is everyone here on the other side armed? This is the message they want.’
Ms Daish later ended the interview by thanking the man for his time to vent about police brutality.
‘I really appreciate you giving your perspective because people in Australia doesn’t have the understanding of the history of police killings here,’ she signed off.
Aboriginal activist and ARIA award nominated rapper Adam Briggs accused her of being ‘ignorant’ by claiming Australians didn’t have the ‘understanding of the history of police killings’.
‘How embarrassing. ‘People in Australia doesn’t have the understanding of the history of police killings here’. No; WE definitely do understand. We also have our own history of killings at the hands of police. What ignorance,’ Briggs tweeted.
Rapper Adam Briggs (pictured with his partner at 2019 APRA Music Awards) was quick to express his outrage over Ms Daish’s reporting
Briggs later commented: ‘If Lexi had a better understanding of the history of her own country she might’ve been able to draw some parallels and empathize somewhat with the protester she was interviewing. But Australia doesn’t do that. Apologies to all my First Nations, Black & Brown people stateside.
It also sparked a furious reaction from Australian actress, writer and comedian Nakkiah Lui, who’s also of indigenous background.
‘This is disgusting & embarrassing. Has Lexi been pulled from work experience during her college break because her dad spoke to one his mates & thought she should try some ‘real’ journalism? The way she spoke down to & couldn’t intellectually engage with the protester is shameful,’ she tweeted.
Indigenous feminist and unionist Celeste Liddle issued a public apology on behalf of Australia.
‘Dear Native Americans and Black Americans, I am sorry for the ignorant Australian press who fronts up to your rallies not knowing a thing about their own country’s history so they can feign superiority. Solidarity,’ she tweeted.
Aboriginal actress, writer and comedian Nakkiah Lui also made her feelings known
Weekend Today viewers were also angry about Ms Daish’s ‘appalling’ and ‘ill informed’ reporting.
‘She couldn’t even be honest from the start. “This man wanted to speak to us” No! you wanted to speak to me let get that straight. The Today Show sucks,’ one viewer vented.
Another added: ‘Your coverage of this, from a supposed moral high ground of outrage, shows the endemic ignorance of our own racist history – and racist present. How outraged do you think our First Nation people are? Or more likely, are they just seeing their own experience writ large?
Earlier on, Ms Daish sparked fury from a group of protesters when she asked them to explain their outrage.
‘We’re tired of people like you guys telling us how to feel about our own lives,’ one of the protesters said, pointing at Ms Daish, who is blonde, and her crew
‘We’re tired of people like you guys telling us how to feel about our own lives,’ one of the protesters said, pointing at Ms Daish.
‘This anger is coming from hundreds of years,’ he went on to say. ‘Three people in two weeks… How many times does this have to happen?’
‘We have done everything white people have asked us to do,’ a protester told Ms Daish on the streets of West Hollywood, a 28 hour drive from where Mr Floyd died.
‘We’ve tried everything. We had a black f**king president and it didn’t work. Black people were still dying.
‘We’re tired of being told that these buildings and businesses are worth more than my body. That is not the case.’
Los Angeles erupted in violence Saturday as cops in riot gear clashed with protesters who sprayed graffiti and torched police cruisers while officers shot rubber bullets into crowds and beat demonstrators with batons.
Officer Derek Chauvin (pictured) was identified as the officer pinning down George Floyd in video footage that was widely shared on Tuesday
Ms Daish described the chaos as ‘just unbelievable’, particularly given the nation is still battling a deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
‘Los Angeles has been so strict about these shutdown stay at home orders,’ she told viewers back home in Australia.
‘You’re not even allowed to leave home without having a mask on you. We’re in the midst of a pandemic and now this.
‘If anything is going to lead to a second wave, this is the perfect storm.’
The officer involved, Derek Michael Chauvin, was charged with third degree murder and manslaughter days after footage of the incident went viral.
Protesters took to the streets demanding reform after what many believe is another senseless death and example of police brutality.
A person jumps on a burning police vehicle in Los Angeles, Saturday, May 30, 2020, during a protest over the death of George Floyd
George Floyd’s (pictured) heartbroken family have called white cop Derek Chauvin to be charged with a more serious crime than third-degree murder after their lawyer revealed that Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for a staggering eight minutes during the arrest for forgery
Ms Daish’s run in with the protesters comes as Channel 7 journalist Ashlee Mullany was almost taken out by a stun grenade as police closed in on a Minneapolis protest.
Ms Mullany, who is the network’s US correspondent, crossed to Sunrise live from Minneapolis on Thursday afternoon to report on the mayhem as protests raged on in the city for a third day.
Footage showed the journalist duck for cover as a stun grenade was fired in her direction by police officers who descended on the protest.