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Australia Day debate: Abbie Chatfield blasts Elly Miles for party post

Abbie Chatfield has taken aim at supposedly ‘woke’ Aussies who spent Australia Day partying with friends despite acknowledging the day is offensive to many Aboriginal people.

While she didn’t name anyone specifically, she was likely referring to fellow Bachelor alum Elly Miles, who attended a friend’s going-away party on Wednesday, just hours after posting an ‘always was, always will be’ meme on Instagram.

It was a case of déjà vu for Elly, 27, who last year copped backlash after she gave a sombre speech about how painful Australia Day can be for Indigenous people, only to spend the rest of the day downing shots at a backyard bash. 

Not again! While she didn't name anyone specifically, she was likely referring to fellow Bachelor alum Elly Miles (pictured), who attended a friend's going-away party on Wednesday

‘You should know better by now’: Abbie Chatfield (left) has taken aim at supposedly ‘woke’ Aussies who spent Australia Day partying with friends despite acknowledging the day is offensive to many Aboriginal people. She was likely referring to fellow Bachelor alum Elly Miles (right), who attended a attended a friend’s going-away party on Wednesday

Despite describing last year’s gathering as a ‘lapse of judgment’, Elly once again spent this Australia Day socialising and drinking with friends – but defended her actions by insisting ‘it wasn’t an Australia Day party’. 

Abbie, 26, who previously called out Elly’s Australia Day antics last year, took to Instagram on Wednesday with another scathing message directed at Aussies like Elly who spent their public holiday having a good time. 

‘If I’ve unfollowed you today, you should know why. Even if we’re friends, it’s 2022, we aren’t doing this anymore and you should know better by now,’ Abbie began, choosing not to refer to Elly by name.

”But it’s not an Australia Day Party!!’ Isn’t an excuse. You’re having a party / enjoying your public holiday on a day of mourning for First Nations people.’ 

Controversy: Despite describing last year's gathering as a 'lapse of judgment', Elly once again spent this Australia Day socialising and drinking with friends (pictured) - but defended her actions by insisting 'it wasn't an Australia Day party'

Controversy: Despite describing last year’s gathering as a ‘lapse of judgment’, Elly once again spent this Australia Day socialising and drinking with friends (pictured) – but defended her actions by insisting ‘it wasn’t an Australia Day party’ 

'True lack of care': Abbie also seemingly called out Elly for sharing an Instagram post that read 'always was, always will be Aboriginal land' on Wednesday morning, just hours before kicking off her boozy celebrations in the afternoon

'Do you really give a s**t or nah?' In a subsequent post, Abbie questioned why Elly had chosen to attend a party rather than an Invasion Day protest

‘True lack of care’: Abbie also seemingly called out Elly for sharing an Instagram post that read ‘always was, always will be Aboriginal land’ on Wednesday morning, just hours before kicking off her boozy celebrations in the afternoon

Post: Elly had shared this meme before spending the afternoon partying with pals

Post: Elly had shared this meme before spending the afternoon partying with pals

Abbie also seemingly called out Elly for sharing an Instagram post that read ‘always was, always will be Aboriginal land’ on Wednesday morning, just hours before kicking off her boozy celebrations in the afternoon.  

‘Don’t reshare your bulls**t…’ she raged, adding: ‘If you’re going to do it, don’t lie to yourself.’

In a subsequent post, Abbie questioned why Elly had chosen to attend a party rather than an Invasion Day protest.

Semantics: Abbie also responded to Elly's excuse that she was attending a party on Australia Day rather than an 'Australia Day party'

Semantics: Abbie also responded to Elly’s excuse that she was attending a party on Australia Day rather than an ‘Australia Day party’

‘Why do you bother posting “change the date” or more accurately “abolish Australia Day” if you’re not going to come to the march, and spend the day at the beach or just hanging out with your mates? Do you really give a s**t or nah?

‘Clearly there are reasons people can’t attend the march, but plans with mates?… Encourage and try to be part of actual change if you care enough to post the sentiment on your [Instagram] Stories.’  

Abbie, who attended an Invasion Day protest in Sydney on Wednesday, said she ‘didn’t see any influencers’ at the demonstration, and encouraged Elly to attend next time.

Disapproval: 'Do you see how that doesn't really add up? You don't have to have Australian flags flying and be speaking about your patriotism for it to be an Australia Day party. Just so you know,' she added

Disapproval: ‘Do you see how that doesn’t really add up? You don’t have to have Australian flags flying and be speaking about your patriotism for it to be an Australia Day party. Just so you know,’ she added 

‘Come next year if it means so much to you,’ she said. 

Abbie also responded to Elly’s excuse that she was attending a party on Australia Day rather than an ‘Australia Day party’.  

‘People saying, “It’s not an Australia Day party, I see no Australian flags anywhere. It’s just a party on Australia Day”, is the same as saying, “It isn’t a New Year’s Eve party, I see no sparklers or 2022 glasses anywhere. It’s just a party on New Year’s Eve,”‘ Abbie said. 

Where it all began: Elly and Abbie met on The Bachelor in 2019 (pictured on the show)

Where it all began: Elly and Abbie met on The Bachelor in 2019 (pictured on the show) 

‘Do you see how that doesn’t really add up? You don’t have to have Australian flags flying and be speaking about your patriotism for it to be an Australia Day party. Just so you know,’ she added.

On Wednesday, Elly was called out by Instagram page Celeb Spellcheck for ‘doing exactly what she apologised for last year’ after she posted a now-deleted photo of herself enjoying a glass of bubbly while surrounded by a group of pals.

In the now-deleted Instagram post, the reality star was seen smiling as she held up a glass of bubbly while seated at an outdoor table with her friends. 

Making headlines: On Wednesday, Elly was called out by Instagram page Celeb Spellcheck for 'doing exactly what she apologised for last year' after she posted a now-deleted photo of herself enjoying a glass of bubbly while surrounded by a group of pals

Making headlines: On Wednesday, Elly was called out by Instagram page Celeb Spellcheck for ‘doing exactly what she apologised for last year’ after she posted a now-deleted photo of herself enjoying a glass of bubbly while surrounded by a group of pals

Elly has since insisted it wasn’t an Australia Day party. 

‘I want to jump on my Stories really quick because I’ve got a couple of comments coming through on my photos that people are a bit worried that I’m at an Australia Day party,’ she began.

‘And I just want to say so you hear directly from me, I’m not. I’m at a friend’s house, [we’ve] got the kids in the pool, we’re hanging out. We’ve got some friends going away, that is all it is. 

Addressing the talk: Following the backlash, Elly took to her Instagram Stories, insisting that she was not by any means at an Australia Day party

Addressing the talk: Following the backlash, Elly took to her Instagram Stories, insisting that she was not by any means at an Australia Day party 

‘So I wanted to come on here so you could hear directly from me. I want to clear that up right now. I am all for abolish the date.

‘I 110 per cent respect that this is Aboriginal land that we’re living on, and I’m not supporting Australia Day at all.’ 

Last year, Elly uploaded a video of herself delivering a sombre speech about how painful Australia Day can be for Indigenous people, before sharing a photo of herself attending an ‘Invasion Day’ protest in Sydney.  

Not an Australia Day party: 'And I just want to say so you hear directly from me, I'm not. I'm at a friend's house, [we've] got the kids in the pool, we're hanging out. We've got some friends going away, that is all it is,' she said

Not an Australia Day party: ‘And I just want to say so you hear directly from me, I’m not. I’m at a friend’s house, [we’ve] got the kids in the pool, we’re hanging out. We’ve got some friends going away, that is all it is,’ she said 

'I am sorry': Last year, Elly issued a public apology for attending an Australia Day pool party just hours after attending a change the date protest

‘I am sorry’: Last year, Elly issued a public apology for attending an Australia Day pool party just hours after attending a change the date protest

Just hours later, however, Elly raised eyebrows by documenting herself attending a boozy Australia Day pool party.

The rather tone-deaf sequence of events wasn’t lost on Elly’s Instagram followers, many of whom accused her of being a hypocrite. 

One fan wrote: ‘Just a little contradicting and confusing to be posting about your support with changing the date and then heading to what one can assume would be an Australia Day party… as it’s a party on Australia Day? 

Remorseful: Addressing the furore in an Instagram post at the time, the influencer issued an emotional apology

Remorseful: Addressing the furore in an Instagram post at the time, the influencer issued an emotional apology 

‘I hope you acknowledge this. I’ll be eager to see your reasoning.’

Another commented on Elly’s Instagram page: ‘It is very upsetting to see you post a change the date post on this day of mourning, yet you go to an Australia Day party the same day. This is so disappointing and beyond tone deaf.’ 

Other followers accused Elly of feigning empathy for Indigenous people to improve her public image as an influencer.

Lapse of judgement: 'I had a complete lapse of judgement and have a lot of regret for my actions. I sincerely apologise for upsetting anyone,' she wrote

Lapse of judgement: ‘I had a complete lapse of judgement and have a lot of regret for my actions. I sincerely apologise for upsetting anyone,’ she wrote

'Beyond tone deaf': Last year Elly was slammed for sharing an 'Invasion Day' message on Instagram (left) - just hours before attending a wild Australia Day pool party (right)

Conflicting messages? The influencer raised eyebrows by documenting herself attending a boozy party (pictured) not long after her sombre speech

‘Beyond tone deaf’: Last year Elly was slammed for sharing an ‘Invasion Day’ message on Instagram (left) – just hours before attending a wild Australia Day pool party (right) 

‘Your manager must have reminded you to give some lip service and a quick pic and then off to get blind and party. Performative influencers,’ one fan grumbled.

Another agreed: ‘I feel like these influencers say something about it just to say they did. Maybe because they’ll cop s**t if they don’t?’ 

Addressing the furore in an Instagram post at the time, Elly wrote: ‘To answer people’s comments from yesterday, there is nothing else I can say in this situation other than “I am sorry”.

'Be the change': Last year, Elly uploaded a video of herself delivering a sombre speech about how painful Australia Day can be for Indigenous people, before sharing a photo of herself attending an 'Invasion Day' protest in Sydney (pictured)

‘Be the change’: Last year, Elly uploaded a video of herself delivering a sombre speech about how painful Australia Day can be for Indigenous people, before sharing a photo of herself attending an ‘Invasion Day’ protest in Sydney (pictured) 

‘I had a complete lapse of judgement and have a lot of regret for my actions. I sincerely apologise for upsetting anyone,’ she added.

‘I stand by my attendance at the Change the Date protest and feel that it is an incredibly important issue. I truly wasn’t being insincere with my attendance.

‘I know how it looks, we all make mistakes – I made one yesterday and all I can say once again, from the bottom of my heart, is that I truly am sorry.’

Laidback: That afternoon, Elly shared a video of herself attending a backyard pool party

Laidback: That afternoon, Elly shared a video of herself attending a backyard pool party 

Relaxed: During last year's festivities, Elly was seen drinking with pals, taking shots of tequila and posing for selfies

Relaxed: During last year’s festivities, Elly was seen drinking with pals, taking shots of tequila and posing for selfies

At the time, Abbie slammed Elly in an Instagram Story post, saying that it is the ‘easiest f**king decision’ to stay away from celebrations on January 26.

‘You aren’t being the change if you’re participating in harmful traditions. It is the EASIEST f**king decision. To just NOT. Hottest 100 is now on the Saturday, you can celebrate the long weekend with your friends then. I did! Without an Australian flag in sight,’ she wrote.  

While she didn’t name names, Abbie added that people should have used the public holiday to learn more about the day itself, and ‘broaden your understanding of the harm colonisation has caused’.

‘The level of cognitive dissonance in believing that you can ACTUALLY attend a rally and then just pop on over to your pool party is something else,’ she continued.

‘If you were *actually* listening to speakers at these rallies, you wouldn’t be able to have fun in the afternoon. You’d want to dig deeper, feel a responsibility to be uncomfortable and to hopefully learn something,’ she added. 

Fuming: At the time, Abbie slammed Elly in an Instagram Story post, saying that it is the 'easiest f**king decision' to stay away from celebrations on January 26

Fuming: At the time, Abbie slammed Elly in an Instagram Story post, saying that it is the ‘easiest f**king decision’ to stay away from celebrations on January 26

Unimpressed: While she didn't name names, Abbie added that people should have used the public holiday to learn more about the day itself, and 'broaden your understanding of the harm colonisation has caused'

Unimpressed: While she didn’t name names, Abbie added that people should have used the public holiday to learn more about the day itself, and ‘broaden your understanding of the harm colonisation has caused’


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