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Nikki Osborne slams social media fact checkers; compares vaccine to rape 

A recently unearthed interview with comedian Nikki Osborne highlights some of her conspiratorial views about science and the media.

The former I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! star, 40, faced backlash this week for posting a meme that compared Covid vaccine mandates to rape.

But back in July she gave an interview to Scenestr in which she criticised social media ‘fact checkers’ and accused news outlets of ‘social engineering’. 

Incoming storm: In a recently unearthed interview with Nikki Osborne (pictured), the comedian seemed to pre-empt this week’s backlash against her tasteless meme

She told the pop culture outlet: ‘There’s a lot of social engineering going on at the moment which is manipulated by the news, the mainstream, social media.’ 

Speaking about the ‘taboo’ subjects she planned to cover in her latest stand-up show, Nikki complained about ‘fact checkers’ for both mainstream and social media.

‘You’ll probably find fact checkers are people that work for the dole! Like, honestly, this is what people are basing their opinions on!’ she said.

‘So I’m all about free thinking. And I’m just saying “F*** it!”‘  

Not checking her own facts: The I'm a Celebrity star, 40, was already criticising social media 'fact checkers' in July, months before getting herself in trouble for an Instagram post comparing vaccine mandates to rape. Her original post pictured

Not checking her own facts: The I’m a Celebrity star, 40, was already criticising social media ‘fact checkers’ in July, months before getting herself in trouble for an Instagram post comparing vaccine mandates to rape. Her original post pictured

Nikki, who hosts Just for Laughs Uncut on Channel 10, came under fire on Monday after sharing a questionable meme on Instagram.

Her since-deleted post showed convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein next to actress Lindsay Lohan, alongside the caption: ‘The original no jab, no job.’

The meme was in reference to Covid-19 vaccine mandates, and compared them to Weinstein’s ‘casting couch’ crimes and the wider Hollywood practice of actresses having sex with influential producers in exchange for film roles.
Anger: The Just For Laughs host has come under fire after sharing a very questionable meme on Monday

Anger: The Just For Laughs host has come under fire after sharing a very questionable meme on Monday

The disgraced American film producer is serving a 23-year sentence after a jury found him guilty in March 2020 of rape and sexual assault. 

In a series of videos shared to Instagram Stories on Monday, fellow reality star Abbie Chatfield said: ‘I don’t know if you’re anti vax, I will assume you’re not because that would be awkward for a live performer.

‘Imagine a female in the industry to think it’s funny to make fun of rape and sexual assault victims. Jokes about rape aren’t funny.  Unless it’s about your own sexual assault as a coping mechanism. 

Meme: The post, which has since been deleted, depicts convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein (right) alongside actress Lindsay Lohan (left), with the caption: 'The original no jab, no job'. The meme makes reference to Covid-19 vaccine mandates, and compares them to Weinstein's crimes. The disgraced American film producer is serving a 23-year sentence after a jury found him guilty in March 2020 of rape and sexual assault

Meme: The post, which has since been deleted, depicts convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein (right) alongside actress Lindsay Lohan (left), with the caption: ‘The original no jab, no job’. The meme makes reference to Covid-19 vaccine mandates, and compares them to Weinstein’s crimes. The disgraced American film producer is serving a 23-year sentence after a jury found him guilty in March 2020 of rape and sexual assault

In a series of videos shared to her Instagram Stories on Monday, critic Abbie Chatfield (pictured) began: 'I don't know if you're anti vax, I will assume you're not because that would be awkward for a live performer'

In a series of videos shared to her Instagram Stories on Monday, critic Abbie Chatfield (pictured) began: ‘I don’t know if you’re anti vax, I will assume you’re not because that would be awkward for a live performer’

Abbie continued: 'Imagine a female in the industry to think it's funny to make fun of rape and sexual assault victims. Jokes about rape aren't funny'

Abbie continued: ‘Imagine a female in the industry to think it’s funny to make fun of rape and sexual assault victims. Jokes about rape aren’t funny’

‘Have you been sexually assaulted Nikki? If you have, what are you doing? If you haven’t, what are you doing? Have you got a friend who has been raped? Because most people have.’

Abbie went on: ‘So for you to sit there and make a joke likening the vaccine that is saving lives to rape… 

‘I don’t know if you’re anti-vax but it’s a ridiculous joke. Likening the vaccine to rape is one of the most disgusting things I have seen in my entire life.

‘Imagine being so s**t at comedy that you have to make fun of rape victims.’

Abbie went on: 'So for you to sit there and make a joke likening the vaccine that is saving lives to rape... I don't know if you're anti-vax but it's a ridiculous joke. Likening the vaccine to rape is one of the most disgusting things I have seen in my entire life'

Abbie went on: ‘So for you to sit there and make a joke likening the vaccine that is saving lives to rape… I don’t know if you’re anti-vax but it’s a ridiculous joke. Likening the vaccine to rape is one of the most disgusting things I have seen in my entire life’

Nikki posted a reply to the outrage on her Instagram Stories on Monday evening, writing: 'Dear Mob, You've been misinformed. Your quarrel is not with me. I'm on your team. Warmest, Casting couch survivor'

Nikki posted a reply to the outrage on her Instagram Stories on Monday evening, writing: ‘Dear Mob, You’ve been misinformed. Your quarrel is not with me. I’m on your team. Warmest, Casting couch survivor’

The reality star then questioned why Nikki was using her large platform, and fame as the host of Channel 10’s Just for Laughs Uncut, to share such material.

‘And being a female comedian in this industry, and making fun of rape victims, and still being able to host a TV show. Maybe try and muster up some empathy,’ she said.

Nikki later responded to the controversy, writing on Instagram Stories: ‘Dear Mob, You’ve been misinformed. Your quarrel is not with me. I’m on your team. Warmest, Casting couch survivor.’

Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Nikki Osbourne for additional comment.

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Questions: The reality star then questioned why Nikki was using her large platform, and fame as the host of Channel Ten's Just For Laughs, to share such material

Questions: The reality star then questioned why Nikki was using her large platform, and fame as the host of Channel Ten’s Just For Laughs, to share such material


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