Magda Szubanksi has been slammed for comparing the terrifying bushfires burning across Australia to Gallipoli, with many calling her comments ‘totally inappropriate’ and ‘disrespectful’ to those who served in the war.
The Kath and Kim star took to social media this week to share her thoughts on the tragedy unfolding around the country and how ‘unbearably sad’ she has been over the many lives and homes that have been lost.
“Ok. #australiafire #AustraliaisBurning is huge in every way. This will define us a nation, a people and as individuals. THIS is OUR Gallipoli,” Magda wrote on Twitter.
1) Ok. #australiafire #AustraliaisBurning is huge in every way. This will define us a nation, a people and as individuals. THIS is OUR Gallipoli. What we do next matters. I've been thinking hard about my own actions/reactions.
— Magda Szubanski AO (@MagdaSzubanski) January 8, 2020
The actress went on to say how frightened she has been as fires continue to burn out of control and smoke thickens. Magda also urged people to come together in their time of need saying: “The actions we take next – to support, rebuild and heal – will be informed by our values and beliefs”.
However, while many praised her for helping to build community spirit and bring people together, others have lashed out at her for her mention of Gallipoli.
“There had been no burning-off done in the bush behind this place in 50 years. Needless to say, it’s had a good burning now! Truly frightening.”
“Today we launch the Minderoo Fire Fund,” a post on the Minderoo Foundation’s Twitter page read. “A comprehensive $70 million relief package designed to not only respond to the ongoing crisis and rebuild communities, but to establish long-term resilience by funding research into and applying new techniques in fire and disaster relief.”