On Saturday night pop goddess Cher sent Sydney into meltdown when she made a surprise appearance at the city’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, but her appearance has been a bit controversial.
During her show stopping appearance – the 13,500 person strong parade came to a halt when she appeared – Cher posed for a selfie with Australia Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.
Turnbull’s wife, Lucy, and the News South Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, were also in the photo.
Th PM tweeted the photo with the caption: ‘Welcome to Sydney, Cher! @GladysB Lucy and I and all your fans thrilled to be with you at the 40th Mardi Gras & first since Australia achieved marriage equality.’
— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) March 3, 2018
Turnbull was referring to Australia making marriage equality legal after a gruelling postal survey on the issue.
Survey opponents argued the public shouldn’t get to vote on the lives of LGBTI people and condemned Turnbull for agreeing to it in the first place.
The postal survey also had a negative affect on the mental health of LGBTI Australians and violence against LGBTI people jumped by 50%.
A lot of people weren’t impressed with the PM turning up to Mardi Gras. They said he didn’t have the right to be there after what he had put Australia through.
‘Members of the LGBTQ community aren’t your props, and their fight for true equality is one that demands support, and a true reckoning in Australian society,’ Roqayah Chamseddine wrote for Fairfax Media.
Look, I hate to hold a grudge, Malc, but you subjected LGBTIQ communities to a horror period of public homophobia, vitriol and trauma last year. I don’t know that our Mardi Gras is *for* you. #auspol https://t.co/Y9ZccFsmrR
— Kirsty Webeck 🏳️🌈 (@KirstyWebeck) March 3, 2018
— Auspol Drag Race (@AuspolDragRace) March 4, 2018
Cher’s in hot water too
But some also attacked Cher for posing in a photo with him.
‘I urge you to say something about Malcolm Turnbull and renounce the photo that you had with him at Mardi Gras because he doesn’t care about gay people,’ wrote Twitter user @jay_whitehall.
But not one to take Twitter feedback lightly, Cher quickly clapped back at her haters.
‘I’m not sure what you mean. The Man I Talked To Seemed PROUD OF EVERYONE AT THE PARADE. Am I Missing. Something The Man I TALKED Could Be Reasoned With,The Man I Talked TO Believes In Equal Rights for ALL OF HIS PPL.THE MAN I TAKED TO WILL LISTEN & HEAR”& COMPASSIONATE,’ she wrote on Twitter.
After a lot of debate, Cher eventually apologized.
‘Am so sorry. Guess that’s why I have FEW Friends Who Are Politicians.He Seemed Very Open & excited about MARDI GRAS,AND LGBT COMMUNITY,’ she wrote.
I’m not sure what you mean.
The Man I Talked To Seemed PROUD OF EVERYONE AT THE PARADE. Am I Missing. Something⁉
The Man I TALKED Could Be Reasoned With,The Man I Talked TO Believes In Equal Rights for ALL OF HIS PPL.THE MAN I TAKED TO WILL LISTEN &
— Cher (@cher) March 3, 2018
School me….. I have a little fight Left. I told him how I detest trump….trump values NOTHING & NO ONE‼
Can your prime minister LEARN Your Value⁉Can He Minister To you⁉If He Cant,you owe him No Allegiance,If He Can Be turned around,TRY
— Cher (@cher) March 3, 2018