Prime Minister Scott Morrison was met with a chorus of boos at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 30, as he prepared to pay respects to the late cricket legend, Shane Warne.
Morrison is no stranger to being booed, he even labelled the act a “great tradition” after being booed at the Australian Open in 2019.
“I would be disappointed if they didn’t,” Morrison told reporters.
“Bob Hawke and everyone else got the same treatment at games.”
This instance, however, was deemed inappropriate by Warnie fans.
Many of the public took to social media to express their objection to the behaviour.
“Disappointing & disrespectful behaviour. Time & place people,” Elicia Dwyer commented on Facebook.
“How disrespectful to Shane’s family . So you don’t like Morrison that’s OK. You are meant to be there to honour Shane Warne. The best thing to do was ignore Morrison . So disgusted in these people….,” Maree Davis wrote.
“Don’t like him? Vote home out in May. Booing him is disrespectful to Warnie and his family. He is still our PM and his attending is the right thing to do to honour Warnie,” Briony Sheather said.
Warne’s three children Brooke, 24, Jackson, 22, and Summer, 20, gave heartfelt tributes to their late father during the state memorial, with Summer expressing the devastation she has to go through life’s milestones without him.
“I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that you won’t be able to walk down the aisle on my special day,” she said.
“You’re never going to meet your grandchildren that you’re going to have someday, but instead, you will be someone I will tell my kids about.
“They would have loved and adored you just like I do.”
— Aatif Nawaz (@AatifNawaz) March 30, 2022
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Stars like Kylie Minogue and Hugh Jackman also paid tribute to the King of Spin, with Elton John dedicating a song to Warne’s children.
Shane’s father, Keith, started the proceedings with a heartbreaking eulogy, he became emotional as the crowd chanted ‘Warnieeeee, Warnieeee’.