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STOP Israel Folau’s GoFundMe Campaign

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Australia and Wallabies full-back Israel Folau has made anti-LGBT remarks on social media in September 2017, April 2018 and April 2019; Folau was sacked by Rugby Australia in May 2019.

Hiding behind his religion Folau has chosen to dispute and fight his termination in the Fair Work Commission and in the Courts.

In June 2019 Folau, despite having been on a $4 million a year contract with Rugby Australia and owning a property portfolio of eight properties worth more then $5 million dollars, found the cheek and audacity to ask the world to donate their hard earned money to his million dollar estate to pay for his expected legal bills via a GoFund me donation page.

As per the GoFund me terms and conditions  last revised on April 2, 2019, which states a full list of content and/or use that is illegal or prohibited by GoFundMe specifically “UserConduct” Sec A.8

Without limiting the foregoing, you agree not to use the Services to:

- raise funds or establish or contribute to any Campaign with the implicit or explicit purpose of or involving:

A.8 “campaigns we deem, at our sole discretion, to be in support of, or for the legal defence of alleged crimes associated with hate, violence, harassment, bullying, discrimination, terrorism or intolerance of any kind relating to race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender or gender identity or serious disabilities or diseases”

This petition is to ask GoFundMe to review this campaign https://www.gofundme.com/israel-folau-legal-action-fund 

and find it in breach of the above user conduct conditions as the money raised will be used to directly pay legal expenses to defend Folau as a result of his direct, REPEATED, ignorant comments associated with hate, harassment, bullying, discrimination and intolerance based on people’s sexual orientation, sex, gender or gender identity.

We all have choices, Folau has made his and is now being held accountable for those. It’s disgusting and inexcusable that in today’s world in such a position of influence you chose to use that influence to exclude, divide, alienate, vilify, condemn and spread hate to some of those who are most vulnerable. What’s worse is that after being held accountable instead of taking ownership and responsibility for his actions he instead plays victim and expect’s the very people his discriminating against, the public to bail him out and pay his legal expenses.

“YOU are in a fight that YOU chose to be in after YOU broke the terms of YOUR contract, the kids below are in a fight they NEVER wanted to be in & yet YOU think YOU deserve donations more than they do??!!,” posted on Twitter by former Wallabies teammate Drew Mitchell.

The LGBTQIA+ community and the wider community as a whole should not have to live in fear of this kind of behaviour EVER especially from those in positions of influence in a time where we should all be moving forward with a mindset of acceptance, love, peace and inclusion.

"Whilst Israel is entitled to his religious beliefs, the way in which he has expressed these beliefs is inconsistent with the values of the sport.

"Israel has failed to understand that the expectation of him as a Rugby Australia and NSW Waratahs employee is that he cannot share material on social media that condemns, vilifies or discriminates against people on the basis of their sexuality.

"Rugby is a sport that continuously works to unite people. We want everyone to feel safe and welcome in our game and no vilification based on race, gender, religion or sexuality is acceptable and no language that isolates, divides or insults people based on any of those factors can be tolerated.                  -“Joint Statement, Rugby Australia CEO Castle and Waratahs equivalent Andrew Hore”-

This campaign is in direct breach of GoFundMe’s user code of conduct and on a site used to raised money for those in life threatening and altering conditions and situations. It’s wrong and disgusting behaviour from a millionaire asking for his legal expenses to be paid for his own wrong actions.

Welcome to the real world, time to get a couple of jobs, take out a loan and sell your asset’s to pay your bill’s the same as the common folk would have to.

a full list of GoFundMe user code and terms can be found here. https://au.gofundme.com/terms

 



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