During this pandemic, most of us are doing our best to encourage others to take proper safety precautions. Wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands, all these things get suggested to try to get things back to normal more quickly.
But the restrictions remain in place as some people refuse to follow these safety guidelines and the contamination spreads. To that end, Magda Szubanski got back into her iconic character of Sharon Strzelecki for a public service video from the Victoria State Government.
The video has Sharon playing netball by herself before subbing herself out to speak to the camera.
Sharon Strzelecki has asked me to pass on a message. So here it is – “the sooner we obey the rules and get this Covid thing OVAH the sooner we can get back to the things that matter…like NETTY!!” #COVID19Victoria #COVID19Vic #springst pic.twitter.com/Tp30I7fM3L
— Magda Szubanski AO (@MagdaSzubanski) August 22, 2020
Sharon tells the audience:
“I tell you what I am so OVAH this lockdown. Playing netball against yourself is not all it’s cracked up to be, especially when you still can’t even win.”
“But it’s not the lockdown that’s the enemy, it’s this virus. And the sooner we obey the rules the sooner this will be OVAH, and we can get back to the stuff that really matters.”
She then tries to sub herself back in, but encounters issues arguing with herself.
— LuLu LaMarr Cabaret🌟 (@LuLuLaMarr) August 25, 2020
In the spirit of showing love and amplifying the voices of people dealing with internet idiots, massive hugs to @MagdaSzubanski and Sharon Strzelecki this morning. (I don’t even like netty. Keep going Victorians!
— Naomi Parry (@drnaomi) August 23, 2020
'@MagdaSzubanski's sports loving Sharon Strzelecki is the perfect ambassador for public health. A woman that cares fiercely for her friends, volunteers to help others, adores sport and moves her body joyfully. Let's all do the right thing so Sharon can get back to Netty soon ❤️ https://t.co/SjnvcsqIOz
— Michelle Blanchard (@DrMichBlanchard) August 25, 2020
The video was authorized by the Victorian Government and is meant to encourage people to keep following safety procedures.
However, not everyone saw it that way.
Pete Evans is a celebrity chef in Australia, and claims the ad Szubanski starred in was “brainwashing”. He then pushes the need for “anti-inflammatory food” and to hug each other as ways to help people during a pandemic.
Evans history has been controversial, as he pushes wild claims about alternative medicines and anti-vaccination conspiracies. His documentary about the health benefits of a keto diet has also been widely denounced by the medical community.
Even worse, some fans of his attacked Szubanski, insulting her weight.
Well Magda … if the cap fits ….
Magda blasts ‘skinny’ Pete Evans https://t.co/dEe39G6pbq
— Duchess of Exeter 😷 (@WhosFibbing) August 25, 2020
someone needs to tell sharon the virus isnt what will kill her. My best bet for her is either government, or cake.
— BenGunn.longvol (@poorbengunn) August 22, 2020
Despite all this, Szubanski is proud of her work and more importantly, her body type.
Ok here’s the thing. Troll me much as you like I am NEVAH gonna close my Twitter account. Bring it Covid Deniers – let’s see what you got. Let’s bring you right out into the sunshine. Let’s see your real names. And your real facts. Let’s see the whites of your eyes 👀
— Magda Szubanski AO (@MagdaSzubanski) August 23, 2020
#fatshaming me & assertion that fat people have no place in discussion about public health not only insults me but also all the fat nurses, doctors, ambos etc who give so much. My Polish gran was fat & a nurse & she risked her life to hide Jews from the Nazis #fattiesunite 🙏🏻❤️ pic.twitter.com/RhFQ4BYV0K
— Magda Szubanski AO (@MagdaSzubanski) August 24, 2020
David, what needs to be said is what a ridiculous (I’m being polite) person Pete Evans is. He’s certainly not doing himself any favours. How dare he attack a national treasure like Sharon Strzelecki!
— Shauna Kane (@ShaunaIssell) August 25, 2020
Ummm…who's turned on Sharon Strzelecki? A handful of people seem to think the ad is a bit silly, a few people have complained (absurdly) that an artist got paid for her work, and a handful are confecting outrage that it was made, but most of us aren't upset about it at all
— Just wear a damn mask 😷 (@LibbiCurtis) August 23, 2020
If we’re going to get through this pandemic, we need to follow advice from the experts. That includes staying away from others when you can, wearing a mask when you can’t, and maintaining proper hygiene.
The sooner we can get that down, the sooner this can be OVAH!