When will this end?
Adam Goodes’ announcement as a David Jones brand ambassador has been tarnished with racist and abusive posts on social media.
Hateful messages – including dozens of boos and people swearing at the retailer – flooded David Jones’ Facebook page after the company revealed the recently retired Sydney Swans player and former Australian of the Year as an ambassador on Sunday, Fairfax Media reports.
After performing an Indigenous war dance to celebrate a goal earlier this year, Goodes was plagued by booing spectators. The continuing negativity caused him to sit out a match and decline a lap of honour on Grand Final Day.
“Well no more shopping at David Jones for me,” one Facebook user wrote.
“Never brought (sic) anything from David Jones Certainly won’t be now.”
“Bye bye David Jones. Get a man, not a sook.”
The two-time Brownlow medallist will advise the company on reconciliation issues and corporate social responsibility.
He is one of six ambassadors named in the “It’s In You” campaign, which includes model Jessica Gomes and You Am I frontman Tim Rogers.
A David Jones spokeswoman told Fairfax Media it fully supported Goodes.
“David Jones is proud to have Adam Goodes, a powerful and inspirational Australian, join its family of ambassadors,” the spokeswoman said.
“We have received significant positive feedback from our staff, customers, vendors and other stakeholders regarding Adam’s appointment and our latest brand campaign.”
Many people have since posted messages of support on the Facebook page, congratulating the iconic retailer for choosing an “inspiration” and “legend” to represent their brand.
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