Anthony Mundine refuses to stand for national anthem again

Controversial boxer Anthony Mundine says he will not stand for the anthem at his fight this Friday.
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The boxer has made his views clear.

Boxer Anthony Mundine says he will take a stand against Australia’s “racist” national anthem at his fight this Friday by remaining seated when the song plays.

The controversial boxer made headlines last year when he called for players at the AFL Grand Final to take a knee when the anthem was sung before the game.

In an angry outburst against the anthem, Mundine said he would not stand proud when singer Jessica Mauboy sings the anthem at his fight this Friday and said she was only chosen to sing because she’s Indigenous.

“First and foremost I want to focus on the fight,” Mundine said in a pre-game interview.

“I’m not trying to divide people or be controversial but you’ve asked the question and I’m answering it honestly to tell people where I stand. We’re not young and free.

“My people are still being oppressed. Nothing’s changed … the anthem isn’t right. It’s not for all of Australia. I just can’t stand up for something I don’t believe in.”

He then lashed out at Jess, saying he was being used as a puppet.

“It’s a racist anthem and doesn’t represent our people,” He told News Corp.

“It’s disrespectful to our people. And this is close to my heart. I like Jessica but it’s not for our people. They are just using her because she is black.”

His comments come after a huge campaign this year to move the date of Australia Day to something more respectful to Indigenous Australians and our country’s history and treatment of them.

Already though, Mundine is facing some backlash of his own, with commentators calling him out.

Anthony Mundine says he won’t stand during the nat anthem b/c “it’s racist” & Jess Mauboy was only chosen to sing it b/c “she’s black”. Huh?,” Lisa Wilkinson wrote on social media this morning.

Others though say he is right to question the anthem and call for something that honours and respects our country’s Indigenous heritage.

What do you think? Is he right here? Or should he show respect to the anthem?

  1. Owen Gustafson  

    Who really cares whether this poor excuse for a human being stands for the National Anthem or not ?

    • Robert Schleibs  

      I wonder has anyone looked up the meaning of indigenous lately. If not it means a person who is born to the country

  2. Who cares about Anthony Mundine. The fellow is just a boof head.

  3. Guy Flavell  

    No, poor form Anthony. Disrespects Australia and will have many of your fans annoyed.
    There must be many other ways for you to express your views on the indigenous problems.

    • I agree if you dont use a positive then it becomes a negative and then diminishes the affect of what your trying to achieve

  4. desleigh clarke  

    Have never liked the self-styled loud-mouthed Muslim convert anyway, thought he was Muhammad Ali. If he doesn’t consider himself a true Aussi, go live somewhere else, loser.

    • Robert Hose  

      you just had to bring religion into this discussion. Whether he has chosen to practice Muslim faith is irrelevant. He is an Indigenous Australian, whose ethnic race was conquered by British invaders. Now, more than ever, all Australian tribes need to be treated equally, and with respect.

    • Robyn  

      Totally my thought too. He can rot under a stone for all I care

  5. Wayne Watkins  

    This bloke does not even believe in Aboriginal beliefs , but has turned to Islam ones . Pity we cannot deport him to a Muslim loving country coz he was born here .

    • Eve  

      Absolutely Right … He turned his back on his “Own People” by becoming a Muslim 😳😳😳😳😳. Everyone should tear up their tickets and boycott his match … Disrespectful to his own Nation … C’mon Aussie stand up and boycott the fight … A Public tearing up of the tickets outside the venue …

  6. Baz  

    What about all the racists who purchased tickets and supported him on his way up, to bad he was not quite as vocal during those times.

  7. GypsyChick  

    He is right, the current anthem and government does not represent him or his cukture, but neither does he. Oerhaos he should put his money where his mouth is, and stop accepting payment from the “racist” white Australian sponsors.
    By the way, his religion has NOTHING to do with it.

  8. Terry  

    Mundine you are an arrogant piece off dog poo i bet you you dont knock back all those australian dollars with The queens picture on it and as for Jess she is more an ambassador of Australia than you,ll ever be,why dont you move on from Australia owes us the government said Sorry for the past as you people wanted we fly the Aboriginal flag everywhere and your Mob dont seem to knock back tha welfare handouts,just get over it you are like an infected sore it never goes away

    • Guy Flavell  

      I completely agree with your sentiments Terry … but Mate, your grammar is total “dog poo”.

  9. He is an arrogant inmature pig and I hope he loses his fight. (which is on the cards). What right has he to knock Australians then refer to his own people as black. Jessica is very respected and mature enough to not go along with Anthony’s comments. Also Jessica is not being used, she does have probably the greatest voice in Australia at the moment. And as for his people being free! Well they are sure given a lot more than the average Australian for doing nil. The “white racist’s” Aussies should not attend his fight then we will see how he relies on them.

  10. Gail Cox  

    Exactly, who really cares. He is the one being disrespectful. Australia has been very good to him and he should be proud to be an Australian. Instead he is an ungrateful, miserably excuse for a human being. Good on Jessica Mauboy as she is a classy lady. How dare he ridicule her for singing the Australian Anthem. Hope Danny Green gives it to him.

  11. Jennifer Shaw  

    He obviously thinks he is more important than he is. Anthony Who? Who gives a dam whether he sits, stands or goes into the foetal position? I certainly don’t.

    • Mareela  

      Agree on all comments re Mundine’s arrogance. He does himself and his so cslled cause no favours. As far as I’m concerned all citizens be they indigenous, Caucasian, migrant, we are one nation and all equal and Australian.

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