Left-leaning ABC loyalists are furious with the public broadcaster for inviting Tina Arena to perform on current affairs panel show Q+A on Monday night.
Viewers have flocked to Twitter to criticise the singer-songwriter for comments she previously made about Daniel Andrews’ lengthy Covid lockdowns.
They also implied she was socially conservative because former prime minister Scott Morrison is a fan of her music.
‘Ah no, Tina was Scotty’s girl how about someone with a bit of credibility,’ one viewer tweeted of Tina, who has sold 10 million records worldwide.
‘Perhaps with a duet with her #1 fan, the Member for Cook?’ yet another wrote. ‘Scotty on backup with the ukulele?’ another added.
Tina Arena has been slammed by left-leaning ABC viewers ahead of a performance on Q&A, with Twitter mobs labelling her ‘Scotty’s girl’ after the former PM called her his favourite singer
The Sorrento Moon hit-maker, who has been charting in Australia since the early 1990s, endured even more anger from the viewers.
She previously spoke out against Melbourne’s harsh lockdowns, admitting she broke them by ignoring the notorious the ‘five kilometre radius’ rule.
‘Queen of the cookers,’ one lashed out. ‘No thanks don’t watch anti-lockdown, anti-health people but she fits in with the Liberal ABC propaganda station.’
‘Really determined to get #QANDA cancelled aren’t they,’ yet another wrote. ‘Nope. And just when I thought Q and A was worth watching again.’
The ABC mob was furious at the inclusion of the Sorrento Moon singer, with viewers taking to Twitter to fume over her planned performance
Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison was open about his love of Tina Arena, calling her his ‘favourite singer’ in the past.
During a radio interview with GOLD104.3 Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show in September 2020, Scott praised the singer.
‘I’m a huge Tina Arena fan,’ cooed the then Prime Minister when asked whether he had a song request for the station.
‘She’s my favourite Melburnian and she’s an amazing Australian artist. Overload, one of her recent albums, I’ve always enjoyed, but play me anything from Tina Arena and I’m happy,’ he added.
‘I’m a huge Tina Arena fan,’ cooed the then Prime Minister when asked whether he had a song request for the station back in September 2020. Pictured
When quizzed on whether Tina is his ‘go-to artist’, the politician admitted: ‘I’ve got my Tina Arena playlist, all my favourites are on there.’
Tina has certainly become less favourable with ABC viewers after taking more conservative political positions during Covid.
During an interview with The Weekend Australia in July, the singer questioned the logic of Melbourne’s lengthy lockdowns and ‘radius rules’.
‘Why can’t you drive more than five kilometres? Guess what – watch me. So I did. I drove past my five kilometres. Am I a criminal now? You want to pull me up? Pull me up. You want to fine me? Fine me. I’m not the one with the issue here,’ she said.
‘The issue is, there is no logic. You have no right to do that. You are fining me. This is totalitarian. We don’t work like that.’
Tina, who has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, has come under fire recently for her political positions which included questioning the logic of Melbourne’s lengthy lockdowns
Tina took aim at the level of compliance with the rules, saying she remained outspoken during the lockdowns.
‘I didn’t hear anybody complaining during lockdown other than me: “Why are we locked up? Where’s your science? What? Why?” The fear was so much for me; it was choking me, I was like, I can’t cope with all of you being so fear-driven like this, and compliant,’ she said.
Tina will soon embark on her ‘Love Saves’ world tour which will include stops in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Adelaide.
The star will also have international dates including in New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, Paris and London.
The legendary star will soon go on her Love Saves tour. The Sorrento Moon star has dates planned across capital cities in Australia and international venues. Pictured