Hugh Jackman Shares Support for Indigenous Communities
Hugh Jackman has taken to social media to show support for Indigenous communities after hearing about the possible closures for remote communities in Western Australia.
The Aussie actor has expressed his thoughts through a photo shared on his official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts on Thursday, 19th March, as the #SOSBlakAustralia hashtag spread across social media sites.
“While living in a remote community, I came to understand that connection to land is a fundamental part of the Indigenous identity. Think about the past, have quality conversations. I SUPPORT YOU,” Jackman says in his message.
The posts have received a huge response, with 100,000 likes and 7000 shares on the Facebook post and almost 50,000 likes on the Instagram shot within 10 hours. His Twitter post (which links back to the Instagram picture) has also been favourited 815 times and retweeted 420 times in the same time period. And that’s not mentioning the hundreds of comments of support and thanks he’s received.
“YESSS! Our indigenous communities are the heart and soul of Australian culture yet the government is trying to destroy all that’s left after they have already suffered genocide and so much injustice in the past and present. Thank you Hugh,” one Instagram commenter says.
“Thank you Hugh Jackman we need more celebrities like you to spread the word internationally,” another writes on his Facebook post.
According to a report from NITV News, Jackman’s support came straight after the media outlet found a note at the Fitzroy Crossing Shopping Centre in WA, asking for his support.
“Hugh Jackman,” the note begins, “you said publicly that you only grew up after spending time in a remote Aboriginal community! Now the govt. wants to shut them down. This week we will protest and the media will ignore us! We need your SUPPORT.”
On Thursday the #SOSBlakAustralia hashtag trended nationally on Twitter as thousands of people across Australia took to the streets to protest government plans to shut down remote indigenous communities.
WA Premier Colin Barnett attempted to outline the state’s plans for the 273 remote communities, saying they “are not sustainable into the future” as protestors booed him outside Parliament.
“We will work progressively with those communities and we will make other investments to make those communities viable and sustainable, to protect children, to improve health and education,” he said.
“And that might mean, in 10 years time, there are not 273 remote communities, but I pray to this day there are safe and healthy children.”
Indigenous community members and supporters hope that by gaining more public recognition and media coverage, they will be able to stop the planned closures. Posts from high profile people like Jackman – and Home and Away star Bonnie Sveen, who also showed her support on Instagram on Thursday – are a way of helping spread the word so that more people are aware of the situation and its potential impact for these communities and for the future of Australian culture in general.