A popular ABC presenter has returned fire to a Twitter troll who disagreed with his decision to begin his 2022 Logies Award presentation speech with a Welcome to Country.
ABC sports presenter Tony Armstrong has hit back at an online troll who slammed his decision to begin his Logies presentation speech with a Welcome to Country.
He was on stage alongside 2022 Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott to present the Logie for Most Outstanding Sports Coverage on Sunday in the Gold Coast when he acknowledged the traditional owners of the land.
“Before we get going I would like to acknowledge the Yugambeh People for having us on their land and pay my respects to all the First Nations people in the room, you’re all deadly,” he said.
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The Welcome to Country was met with raucous applause from the star-studded guests inside the venue but it was not accepted by one Twitter user who took Armstrong to task.
“Acknowledgment of country is virtue signaling that does nothing to further the wellbeing of indigenous people in Australia,” one person tweeted.
“Specially (sic) to a room full of coke sniffing elites. It’s time we drop this nonsense.”
The 32-year-old Aboriginal journalist hit back at the troll and quickly shut down the comment.
“Shut up bro. I’m a blackfulla and I am duty bound to respect the land I’m on,” he replied.
The comment received an overwhelming amount of support with over 5,000 likes and dozens of Twitters users getting behind the former AFL player.
“How would you ever understand what acknowledgment of country means? Go @Tonaaayy_ you absolute legend,” one said.
“Stop saying ‘virtue signaling’ for a start, it gives you away. Is saying ‘I believe in Jesus’ Christians way of virtue signalling. Just congratulate the guy,” another tweeted.
“Don’t presume to speak for whether it furthers the wellbeing of First Nations People, you gronk. I reckon Tony is a bit more qualified than you are to make that call, and it’s ace that he’s got the platform to say it loud. (Also, trying to bring him down tonight? Honestly dude.),” a third wrote.
Later in the evening Armstrong was awarded the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent for his work on ABC’s News Breakfast as the sports presenter.
Upon accepting the award Armstrong thanked his mother for her unwavering support throughout his career.
“The old cheese, my mum, she is a superstar, has done everything for me and has been a superstar and I would not be up here without her so a big thanks to her and please give her a clap, she will love it back home,” he said.
The Gold Logie was awarded to Hamish Blake who picked up the award for the second time after his win ten years ago for Hamish and Andy’s Gap Year television show.
Blake also received the most popular presenter gong for Lego Masters.
Sports commentator Bruce McAvaney was inducted into the TV Week Hall of Fame while Guy Pearce won the Most Popular Actor award for Jack Irish and Anna Torv the Most Popular Actress for her role in The Newsreader.