What you need to know:
- Some politicians and celebrities are calling for a ban on Islamic immigration
- Other celebrities worry the ban could lead to their annual Melbourne Cup knees-up in the Emirates marquee getting cancelled
- One celeb tweeted “I’m not racist…I love the races”
Australian celebrities have held crisis talks this afternoon, after it was revealed that growing anti-Islamic sentiment could see the Emirates marquee banned from this year’s Melbourne Cup. The group of actors, musicians, television personalities and hangers-on are seeking assurances that the star-studded event will continue, and that the free drinks will still be available, even if the Federal government bows to calls for a nationwide ban on Islamic migration.
Emirates is the fourth largest airline in the world and is owned by the Dubai based investors in the United Arab Emirates, a nation where 75% of the population is Islamic. Emirates is a global company that recognises and celebrates the cultures of the countries where it does business. In Australia, for example, that includes alcohol and thoroughbred racing. Any ban on Islamic migration could make it difficult for Emirates to do business in this country.
“Now is not the time to be making enemies with the publicity team at Emirates,” one heartbroken celeb told Broken News via text message. “As lovers of free champagne, we’re calling on all of our fellow celebrities to take one for the team, and just ease-up on the anti-Muslim stuff.”
Other celebrities took to social media, to voice their dismay at any possible ramifications that an anti-Islam ban could have on their spring carnival fun.
“I love the races. How can I be a racist if I love the races?!?!?!” one tweeted.
In a Facebook post, one singer wrote “Racism??? The only race that we should be arguing about is the race that stops the nation on Cup Day.”