High-profile Indigenous rapper Briggs has announced he will no longer back the Melbourne Storm – despite supporting the side since it started – because one of the footy team’s board members donated money to the No campaign.
The rapper, real name Adam Briggs, wrote a scathing letter to Storm chairman Matthew Tripp on Thursday where he took aim at corporate director Brett Ralph for giving No campaign group Advance Australia a $75,000 donation prior to the referendum.
Briggs – who was behind a viral Yes campaign ad explaining the Indigenous Voice to Parliament to two women at a pub – claimed the Indigenous Voice to Parliament No campaign had ‘devalued my people and my Yorta Yorta / Wurundjeri identity.
‘It has heightened the stereotypes of devaluing our contribution to the Australian society and nationhood, and enhanced the burden of irrelevance.
‘In doing so, it added to the already endless workload of myself, my father, and the Indigenous community.
‘A donation to ‘No’ was a donation to peddle and amplify misinformation and fearmongering against Indigenous people.’
Briggs – who was behind a viral Yes campaign ad explaining the Indigenous Voice to Parliament to two women at a pub – claimed the No campaign had ‘devalued my people and my Yorta Yorta / Wurundjeri identity’
Briggs said he and his father had supported Melbourne Storm since it was founded as a new NRL club in 1998 and had developed ‘lasting friendships’ at all levels of the club
Briggs said he and his father had supported the Storm since it was founded as a new NRL club in 1998 and had developed ‘lasting friendships’ at all levels of the club.
‘Does Brett Ralph’s decision as a Storm board member align with the club’s decision to support the ‘Yes’ campaign?’ Briggs asked in the letter.
‘Do Brett Ralph’s values align with those of the Storm at large, and can Melbourne Storm Rugby League continue to support both Brett Ralph and the culture and identity of First Nation People?
‘I think not.’
While many who commented on posts about the letter were supportive, others labelled Briggs ‘a sook’.
‘See ya, Adam,’ one person posted.
‘Briggs fast becoming a hindrance to his own people,’ another commented.
Melbourne Storm board member Brett Ralph, who donated thousands to the No campaign and caused rapper Briggs to end his support for the NRL club
The rapper had been a prominent voice in the Yes campaign, which was resoundingly defeated at the referendum last Saturday, losing in every single state except for the ACT.
Following the Voice proposal’s failure, Briggs on Tuesday ignored the ‘week of silence’ observed by other prominent Indigenous leaders to deliver a blunt message to white Australians in the wake of the vote.
‘The thing is with white people in Aus. You think Blackfullas haven’t faced this depravity before,’ Briggs wrote.
‘We’ve faced it everyday. For the “No” it was a SuperBowl. For me it was Saturday.’
Adam Briggs (right) arrives at the 2023 Brownlow Medal ceremony
The rapper had been a prominent voice in the Yes campaign, which was resoundingly defeated at the referendum last Saturday, losing in every single state except for the ACT
Briggs’ viral video during the campaign where he explained the Voice in simple terms to two doubtful women in a pub was considered one of the most effective ‘cut-through’ media assets for the Yes side, in a campaign widely criticised for being too slow out of the blocks.
But it had no effect on the national vote, which saw 60 per cent of Australians vote down the proposal.