Tina Arena has addressed the Melbourne lockdown in a passionate speech broadcast on Instagram.
The singer went live with comedy group Sooshi Mango for 70 minutes on Friday, destroying Victoria’s record-breaking lockdowns that have paralyzed the art industry.
Tina, 53, was furious at the “alien” costs associated with rescheduling tours, going on to argue that the ongoing restrictions are going “very, very wrong.”
Not happy: Tina Arena addressed Melbourne’s ongoing lockdowns in a passionate speech on Instagram on Friday, as she went live alongside Australian comedy group Sooshi Mango
“If any of the states thinks they have jurisdiction to incarcerate people in 2022, something is very wrong in this country. It’s something that’s completely unrealistic,” she said.
“To all concert organizers in this country, I take my hat off to all of you for dealing with this.
“And to all the entertainers in this country, for being so incredibly brave and going through all this… everyone will come out of this a lot better.”
Tina went on to say she hopes those working in the arts “don’t forget” what this year has been like at election time, which means voting out lockdown-obsessed Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews.
Vote: Tina, 53, said she hopes those working in the arts ‘don’t forget’ what this year has been like at election time, which means voting out lockdown-obsessed Daniel Andrews
“When it comes time to vote for those we choose to work for us, maybe next time we’ll pay a little more attention to who we want to be at the wheel,” she said.
“To be honest, it was the biggest disappointment when a city as beautiful as ours, considered the most livable in the world…
“If you look at it now, it’s not the most livable city in the world at all. I really hope that when it comes to the next election, people take the time to think about who they actually want to run this state.”
Controversial: Mr Andrews (pictured) pushed for brutal lockdowns, only to admit defeat and follow NSW’s example that vaccination is the only way out of the pandemic
She went on to say that “none of us are experts” and added that she “didn’t criticize any of the political people.”
“I’m not a fool to think it would be an easy job,” she said. “I am someone who believes in making informed decisions, which I don’t think is the case in this state in particular.
“I hope Victoria will take the time to think about that when we have elections in 2022. I am going to the polls with a completely different intention.’
The musician had previously said on Studio 10 that she was having a hard time because of the lockdowns.
Plea: Tina had previously made a passionate plea for better support for the arts and entertainment industry at Studio 10
Asked whether concerts and music festivals will be canceled while football matches will continue, she said she “hates the distinction between sport and art in Australia”.
She mentioned the double standard and said, “That’s a categorical lack of respect. I’m sorry, that’s rude, disrespectful, and shouldn’t play at all.’
‘Sport is a beautiful thing, but life isn’t all about sport. Life is about art and culture, and art and culture play an equally important role,” she says.
The Chains hitmaker also pointed out that the arts and entertainment sector was one of the first to help in times of need.
She specifically pointed to the music industry coming together to host the Artists Unite for Fire Fight benefit concert in 2020.
‘Now we’re in trouble, can someone help us? No,’ she said.
“It’s amazing how people just fly away and disappear, but they very quickly ask us to work for free, to waive any kind of compensation for selling records.
‘You know what? Done. We’re done, and now we say it. Just stop this ridiculous, ridiculous behavior. It must stop.’
Double standard: When asked if concerts will be canceled while football matches are allowed to go on, she said she “dislikes the distinction between sport and art in Australia”