Tina Arena has taken aim at Melbourne’s lockdown in an impassioned speech broadcast on Instagram.
The singer went live for 70 minutes with comedy troupe Sooshi Mango on Friday and blasted Victoria’s record-breaking lockdowns that have crippled the arts industry.
Tina, 53, raged about the ‘out-of-this-world’ costs associated with rescheduling tours, then argued the continued restrictions are becoming ‘very, very wrong’.
Not happy: Tina Arena took aim at Melbourne’s ongoing lockdowns in an impassioned speech on Instagram on Friday, as she went live alongside Australian comedy troupe Sooshi Mango
‘If any of the states think they have the jurisdiction to continue to lock people up in 2022, there’s something very, very wrong in this country. It’s something that’s completely unrealistic,’ she said.
‘To all the concert promoters in this country – I take my hat off to each and every one of you for dealing with this.
‘And to all of the entertainers in this country, for having been so incredibly courageous and working through all this… everybody is going to come out of this much better.’
Tina went on to say that she hopes those working in the arts ‘don’t forget’ what this year has been like, before appearing to urge her followers to vote out Victoria’s Premier Dan Andrews at the next election.
‘To all of the entertainers in this country, for having been so incredibly courageous and working through all this – everybody is going to come out of this much better,’ Tina said
‘When it comes time to vote for those that we choose to work for us, perhaps next time around we pay a little bit more attention as to who we wish to be at the steering wheel,’ she said.
‘Because quite honestly, it has been the greatest disappointment when a city as beautiful as ours, which was deemed the most liveable in the world…
‘When you look at it now, it’s not at all the most liveable city in the world. I really hope that when it comes to the next election, people take the time to think about who it is they want to actually direct this state.’
Urge: She then said she hopes those working in the arts ‘don’t forget’ what this year has been like, before appearing to urge her followers to vote out Victoria’s Premier Dan Andrews (pictured) at the next election
She went on to say that ‘none of us are experts’ and added that she ‘wasn’t criticising any of the political people’.
‘I’m not foolish to think it would be an easy job,’ she said. ‘I’m someone who believes in making very considered decisions, which I don’t think has been the case in this state in particular.
‘I hope Victoria takes the time to think about that when elections surface in 2022. I will be going to the polls with a much different intention.’
On Studio 10, the singer admitted on Studio 10 that she, like many others, have struggled because of lockdowns.
Plea: Tina made an impassioned plea for better support for Australia’s arts and entertainment industry after they copped a battering due to the pandemic on Studio 10
When asked about the concerts and music festivals cancelled over football matches, which have been allowed to continue, she said she ‘hates the differentiation between sport and arts in Australia’.
She called out the double standard, saying: ‘That’s a categoric disrespect. I’m sorry, that’s rude, disrespectful, and shouldn’t be at all allowed to play out.’
‘Sport is a great thing, but life is not just about sport. Life is about art and culture, and art and culture play an equally important role,’ she said.
The Chains hitmaker also pointed out that the arts and entertainment sector have been among the first to help during times of need.
She specifically pointed out the music industry coming together to stage the Artists Unite for Fire Fight benefit concert in 2020.
‘Now we’re in trouble, is someone helping us? No,’ she said.
‘It’s amazing how people just fly away and disappear, however they’re very quick to ask us to work for free, to relinquish any kind of remuneration from sales of record.
‘You know what? Done. We’re done, and now we’re saying it. Just stop this ridiculous, preposterous behaviour. It’s got to stop,’ she declared.
Ouch: When asked about the concerts and music festivals cancelled over football matches, which have been allowed to continue, she said she ‘hates the differentiation between sport and arts in Australia’