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 crippled 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 Instagram speech 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 the concert promoters 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 of this… everyone will come out of this a lot better.”
Tina went on to say she hopes people working in the arts “don’t forget” what this year has been like before she appears to urge her followers to vote out Victoria’s Prime Minister Dan Andrews in the next election.
“To all the entertainers in this country for being so incredibly brave and going through all of this – everyone will come out of this much better,” Tina said.
“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.”
Urge: She then said she hoped those working in the arts “don’t forget” how this year has been before appearing to urge her followers to vote out Victoria’s Prime Minister Dan Andrews (pictured) in the next election
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 stupid 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’m going to the polls with a completely different intention.’
On Studio 10, the singer admitted on Studio 10 that she, like many others, struggled with lockdowns.
Plea: Tina made a passionate plea for better support for the Australian arts and entertainment industry after being beaten up by the pandemic at Studio 10
Asked about the concerts and music festivals that have been canceled due to football matches, which are allowed, she said she “dislikes the distinction between sport and art in Australia”.
She mentioned the double standard and said, “That’s a categorical disrespect. I’m sorry, that’s rude, disrespectful, and shouldn’t play at all.’
‘Sport is a beautiful thing, but life is not 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 2020 Artists Unite for Fire Fight benefit concert.
‘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 has to stop,’ she declared.
Ouch: When asked about the concerts and music festivals that have been canceled due to football matches, which are allowed to continue, she said she “dislikes the distinction between sport and art in Australia”