Former Miss Universe Australia contestant Ranae Ayris has defended herself after being slammed for comments on Indigenous Australians, which were aired in the a trailer for SBS’s First Contact program.
The 26-year-old joins five other Australian celebrities for the second season of the Logie-award winning show and was accused of racism after saying she believed Aboriginal people should “move on”.
“I know a lot of Aboriginal people believe they’re owed something, but I just feel like everyone should be treated equally,” the model said in the teaser video.
“They kind of need to forgive whatever they think has happened, and move on, and just try and be equal with everyone.”
Ranae Ayris will appear in Season 2 of First Contact. Source: SBS
The premise of First Contact is built on the troubling statistic that six out of 10 Australians have had little or no contact with the nation's first people — even those in high profile occupations.
In order to challenge perceptions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people it takes six well-known Australians into Aboriginal Australia for the first time, with varying levels of success.
This year's participants include singer Natalie Imbruglia, ex-One Nation politician David Oldfield, TV personality Ian 'Dicko' Dickson, comedian Tom Ballard and actress Nicki Wendt.