Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have been sharing fans since arriving in Australia on Monday after it was revealed they had been allowed to isolate themselves on their $ 6.5 million estate in the Southern Highlands instead of going through mandatory hotel quarantine.
And a new survey, conducted by Daily Mail Australia, shows that the public has little sympathy for the A-list pair – despite the fact that Nicole is in the country producing a TV show that will give an economic boost to the struggling local film industry.
The 53-year-old Oscar-winning actress recently got the green light to film her new series, Nine Perfect Strangers, in Australia, and the production will create ‘hundreds’ of local jobs when filming starts on August 10.
However, the poll results show that only 19 percent of people support the couple who are exempted from the strict COVID-19 quarantine regulations.
In stark contrast, a whopping 81 percent of readers said that “everyone should be treated the same” regardless of their celebrity status.
Results are in: Eighty percent of Daily Mail readers say Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban had to be quarantined in a hotel like everyone else – because they isolate themselves on their $ 6.5 million estate. Pictured arriving in Sydney on a previous visit in December
The vast majority were against the Tennessee-based couple and their daughters, Sunday 12 and Faith, nine, who were given special permission by the New South Wales government to isolate themselves at home after flying on a private jet to Australia.
Less than a fifth of the voters agreed that the family deserved exemption because of Nicole’s plans to help the local film industry during the economic downturn.
After news of their exemption made headlines, some Australians angrily suggested that travel restrictions for COVID-19 seem to affect only ordinary people, not the rich and famous.
Help: The Oscar-winning actress, 53, recently got the green light to film her new series, Nine Perfect Strangers, in Australia, and the production will create ‘hundreds’ of local jobs when filming starts on August 10
A fan smoked on social media: “This is so wrong! First the bloody Dannii Minogue and now these two. Completely unfair and wrong!
“If we all have to do it and no one gets exemptions, EVERYONE should do it! And they wonder why people are going to break the rules. ‘
Another wrote: “Two different laws: one for the rich and powerful and one for the common person.”
“Why a special treatment?” a third asked emphatically.
Not satisfied: However, the results of the Daily Mail Australia survey show that only 19 percent of people support the couple who are exempted from the strict COVID-19 quarantine regulations
However, many others pointed out that they didn’t see a problem with the couple staying at home for two weeks.
A supporter wrote, “This is the right decision. They have their own property, why not? They both deserve a little credit for promoting Australia every day … Welcome home. ‘
Another said, “Why is everyone going on? They isolate themselves at home, but not in a hotel. So what if they are stars? They still need to isolate themselves from everyone. ‘
A similar comment read, “I don’t see why people stumble. As long as they remain in quarantine, what and where does it matter where they do it? ‘
Nicole and Keith were allowed to isolate themselves at home instead of spending two weeks in a state-approved hotel, which the vast majority of international arrivals have to do amid the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the NSW government website, people returning from abroad are only exempt from staying in a quarantine hotel if there are “ strong medical, health, or compassionate reasons. ”
‘Unfair’: After news of their exemption made headlines, some Aussies angrily suggested that COVID-19 travel restrictions seem to only affect ordinary people, not the rich and famous
The Down Under couple’s arrival comes after Nicole got the green light to film her new TV series, Nine Perfect Strangers, in Australia.
Based on the 2018 novel by Liane Moriarty, the production will reportedly inject $ 100 million into the struggling local film industry by creating hundreds of jobs.
There are strict COVID-19 restrictions, according to local news reports, and production is based on Nicole and Keith’s home in the Southern Highlands.
Cast and crew members flying from abroad or the Interstate are quarantined in a hotel for 14 days upon arrival in NSW.
Nicole and her fellow producers will also be responsible for paying all medical and security costs.
The limited series is produced by Nicole’s production company, Blossom Films, along with Big Little Lies contributors Bruna Papandrea and David E. Kelley.
Nicole also stars in the show with Melissa McCarthy, Luke Evans and Manny Jacinto, among others.
Commitments: The Down Under couple’s arrival comes after Nicole got the green light to film her new TV series, Nine Perfect Strangers, in Australia. Shown in September 2019
The critically acclaimed actress told The Daily Telegraph on Sunday that she was ‘excited’ to be able to breathe new life into the local film industry.
“It’s a great opportunity for me to give something back to the community that has fed me throughout my career,” she said.
The series tells the story of nine stressed city dwellers escaping to a wellness retreat run by Nicole’s character.
Filming starts on August 10 and lasts 19 weeks.
“Great opportunity”: The acclaimed actress told The Daily Telegraph on Sunday that she was “excited” to breathe new life into the local film industry.