Paul Hogan has received backlash from Aussies for his attitude towards the homeless population that surround his AUD$4.5million Venice Beach home.
On Sunday, he was spotted leaving a note on his garage door aimed at the less fortunate, which read: ‘THIS IS MY HOUSE NOT YOURS.’
In comments posted on Facebook, countless Australians expressed their disappointment in the Crocodile Dundee star’s lack of compassion.
Backlash: Paul Hogan has received backlash from Aussies for his attitude towards the homeless population that surround his AUD$4.5million Venice Beach home
‘I think Paul Hogan has forgotten his roots,’ wrote one. ‘A painter on the Sydney Harbour Bridge was a genuine true blue Australian. How very sad.’
Another wrote: ‘He forgets that he started with nothing. So much for empathy.’
‘The price of his house could build somewhere for the homeless!’ exclaimed one, while another added: ‘Feed them you gronk!’
One fan even suggested that many of the homeless folks may have been fans of Hogan’s at one time.
Slammed: In comments posted on Facebook, countless Australians expressed their disappointment in the Crocodile Dundee star’s lack of compassion
‘I think Paul Hogan has forgotten his roots,’ wrote one. ‘A painter on the Sydney Harbour Bridge was a genuine true blue Australian. How very sad’
Good idea! One fan suggested that Hogan build somewhere for the homeless to live
‘Who put you were you are?’ they asked. ‘A lot of homeless people probably paid to see your crazy films.’
‘So this is how so-called stars react to homeless people? I think if he had any fans left he may have just lost them,’ wrote another.
The reclusive Australian actor, 81, lives in the once-desirable beachside suburb of Venice, where crime and homelessness have spiked in recent months during the Covid-19 pandemic.
He sent a stern warning to the less fortunate on Sunday as he was pictured pinning a note to his front door that said: ‘THIS IS MY HOUSE NOT YOURS.’
Sending a message: On Sunday, he was spotted leaving a note on his garage door aimed at the less fortunate, which read: ‘THIS IS MY HOUSE NOT YOURS’
Hogan, who said earlier this month he was ‘desperately homesick’ and wanted to return to Australia, attached the note to his door before making his way back inside.
Los Angeles has been ravaged by its homeless crisis, with the number of homeless people rising steadily from around 40,000 in 2011, to around 66,000 at the latest count in January 2020.
Residents around the famed Venice boardwalk are demanding action from the authorities saying it has been turned into a large, ‘dangerous’ homeless encampment and has been hit by a spate of violent incidents.
Last week, Hogan revealed on Sunrise that he was ‘desperate’ to return to Australia and leave his life in America behind.
Tent city: The world-famous beach community, 16 miles from downtown Los Angeles, has traditionally been a major tourism drawcard for the Californian city. However, now the palm trees and promenade are blighted by hundreds of tents
‘I am desperately homesick,’ he told hosts David ‘Kochie’ Koch and Natalie Barr during a video chat from his $4.5million LA mansion.
When asked how he was coping with Los Angeles’ recent crime wave, Paul simply said he ‘doesn’t go anywhere’.
‘[I’m] bored in lockdown, and the minute I can get on the plane without being locked in a hotel for two weeks, I’m back,’ he said.
Homesick: During an interview with Sunrise last week, a glum-looking Hogan spoke about his miserable life in crime-ravaged LA during the coronavirus pandemic
The movie star went on to explain he ‘wouldn’t survive’ Australia’s mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine.
‘My son [Chance] would have to be with me… we’d strangle each other,’ he said.
Elsewhere in the interview, Paul said he was sick of anti-vaxxers in America, calling them ‘brainless cowards’.
‘They don’t care about anyone else. [They say], “I’m brave, I like freedom.” What about your grandma? You killed her. All of that gets on top of you, and I want to escape it for a while,’ he said.
Terrifying situation: It comes as residents of Venice say soaring crime rates and the exploding homeless population have made life in the elite beachside community unbearable