American slams Aussies over ‘embarrassing’ Voice referendum result

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Australia has been labelled no “better than the US” following the failure of Voice referendum.

Saturday’s vote saw 60.69 per cent of Australians vote No when asked whether an Indigenous Voice to Parliament should be enshrined in the constitution.

The result has been met with dismay from the Yes camp, with Indigenous leaders calling for a “week of silence” to grieve the outcome and “reflect on its meaning and significance”.

The rejection of the Voice has also provoked outrage on the international stage, with major media outlets like The New York Times describing it as “crushing Indigenous hopes”.

A US expat living in Australia recently expressed her disappointment in Aussies, branding the outcome of the referendum “embarrassing”.

“I just came here to say that I am very disappointed in white Australians and I just want you to remember, the next time that you think you’re better than the US, that you’re not,” the woman, who goes by @auticorrect on TikTok, said.

“You guys consistently vote to uphold white supremacy, patriarchy and capitalism. You haven’t made any steps in the climate crisis, we are one bad policy away from privatised healthcare, and it’s embarrassing.”

She said the “worst part” was thinking that the issue was specific to older generations and that Australians in the Boomer generation are the driving force behind these decisions, claiming this is not the case.

Likely anticipating some of the responses she would receive, the TikToker captioned the video: “The audacity of an American immigrant in Australia having an opinion. Look, if anyone knows r*cism it’s an American. Please #dobetter than us.”

The woman claims she made the video because she “had hope” for Australia, even though she had already lost hope in her own country.

She isn’t the only non-Australian who has hit out No voters.

Model Jeff Francis Kissubi, who currently lives in Australia but was born in France, has long been an advocate for Indigenous issues.

He claimed he was “disappointed but not shocked” in the outcome of the referendum.

“Once again, it just shows you that modern day Australia would rather fight about their individual needs than the needs of Indigenous communities in this country,” he said in a TikTok video.

Mr Kissubi said Australians had the chance to make a change and be able to help Indigenous communities and they didn’t take it.

“Collectively it just shows that Australia has a very big problem and it is rooted deep and we have seen the true colours of a lot of you,” he said.

The model also hit back at commenters who claimed as a non-Australian, he shouldn’t have an opinion on this topic.

“First of all, you don’t have to be born in Australia to speak about things that affects Indigenous people in this country,” he said.

“Secondly, whilst being here for nine years, I have not only educated myself about the history of this country but I have done the due diligence to research, find resources, to educate myself specifically about First Nations people of this country and their history, their upbringing and their experiences.”

Young Aussies have also taken to social media to share their dismay at the failure of the referendum, after the Australian Electoral Commission saw a major increase in young people enrolling to vote ahead of the Voice decision.

The youth enrolment rate reached above 90.3 per cent for the first time since calculations began, according to the AEC.

Research from the Australia Institute found younger Australians were most likely to support the Voice, with 73 per cent of 18 to 29-year-olds surveyed saying they planned to vote Yes, 15 per cent to vote No and 12 per cent saying they didn’t know.

Young Indigenous woman, Shawna Pope, posted a candid TikTok revealing the “hurt” she felt at the outcome of the referendum.

“This actually hurt much more than I thought it was going to hurt because I was so optimistic about it. I really thought we were going to be a Yes, I thought this country was going to say Yes,” she said.

She said she “loves” Australia but this outcome has made her feel as if “I don’t belong here”.

“I am really f**king hurt. But I don’t want to stay quiet anymore because this sucks.”

Another young Australian, Emma, revealed she was shocked by the result because she “truly thought we were more progressive than this”.

“It blows my mind that this is the outcome. We were selfish and we fell into conspiracy, we fell into a whole bunch of lies and fear mongering,” she said.

Another user, who goes by @feeling_beckish, labelled the outcome a “disgrace”.

“I’m so embarrassed and ashamed of my country right now. I really hoped we we’re better than this,” she said.

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