The Voice: Moment YouTuber Luke Erwin demolishes Vote Yes! signs and puts it in his car – but not everyone is amused
A YouTube prankster known for his controversial stunts has sparked controversy again by removing Vote Yes signs ahead of the Voice to Parliament referendum.
Luke Erwin, who lives on the Gold Coast, posted footage online showing him ripping the sign off a tree and stuffing it into the boot of a car.
“Vote f***ing no,” he said in the clip.
A man who was not visible in the clip, but who recorded the incident, laughed and told Mr Erwin: “No, don’t put him in my car, they’ll come after us.”
Mr. Erwin’s latest stunt has drawn mixed reactions.
Mr Erwin’s latest stunt sparked mixed reactions
Some former fans said they would no longer follow him during this decision, while others supported him and said they would also vote no.
Manly Sea Eagles NRL star Jason Saab was among the followers to respond, leaving a ‘goat’ and fire sign emoji.
Often, the “goat” emoji is associated with the phrase “greatest of all time.” The NRL officially backed yes earlier this year, along with many other sporting codes nationally.
One reviewer said: “Look at all the bearded bogans who agree with you in the comments. You have a certain type of companion who follows you.
Another said: “This is disgusting, who do you think you are.”
Luke Erwin, who lives on the Gold Coast, posted a video online ripping the sign off a tree and stuffing it into the boot of a car.
A man who was not visible in the clip, but who recorded the incident, laughed and told Mr Erwin: “No, don’t put him in my car, they will come after us.” .
It comes as the debate over Voice to Parliament continues to intensify, with Yes campaigners attempting to combat poor polling with a targeted advertising campaign across the country.
Up to 200,000 protesters took to the streets this weekend in support of Voice, to coincide with a new ad featuring a young Indigenous boy to tug at heartstrings.
The child asks Australians to think about a series of simple questions about their future.
“Will I grow up in a country that hears my voice? Will I live as long as other Australians? asks the little boy.
“Will I be able to go to a good school? Will I be able to learn the language of my people? Will I be seen beyond the sporting field, recognized by the decision-makers of our country?
The Yes campaign remains confident in its ability to achieve victory despite polls to the contrary
“Yes it’s possible.”
Despite dwindling support in polls showing every state trending towards a no vote, the yes campaign is still confident in its ability to achieve victory, relying on non-‘soft’ voters and Australians who do not are not yet engaged in the debate.
Soft no voters will be targeted over the next four weeks, and there will be a concerted attempt to educate members of the public who are not yet engaged in the debate.
Although the Yes23 campaign has been active on social media and run advertisements in the past, it is significantly ramping up its efforts between now and the referendum.
It’s a change of pace for the campaign, which initially focused on celebrity endorsements before shifting to sharing the stories of everyday people.
The advert will run alongside Uluru’s hit You’re the Voice Dialogue advert featuring John Farnham’s famous song.