Steve thought it was tone-deaf for Ruby and Natalie Bassingthwaighte to have shared footage to Instagram of their night out in New York together on Saturday.
After Steve made the remarks in the comments section of Natalie’s post, Ruby, who has been living in the US for nearly a decade, slammed him for his ‘awful’ accusation.
Vocal: Ruby Rose SLAMMED Steve Price for his ‘mean’ comments after he accused her of ‘flaunting her freedom’ with Natalie Bassingthwaighte in New York while Aussies are in lockdown. Natalie (right) shared footage of herself and Ruby (left) to Instagram on Saturday
Natalie, 46, who is in New York from her hometown of Byron Bay as she prepares for the Australian production of Jagged Little Pill, shared a video to Instagram of herself and The Orange Is the New Black star cheering on a busy New York street.
Steve, 66, who appears regularly on Channel Ten’s The Project, made his thoughts perfectly clear in the comments section.
‘Don’t you hate it when privileged Aussies flaunt their freedom while ordinary people are locked up losing their livelihoods and mental health. Sad lack of compassion,’ he wrote.
Tone-deaf? Steve (pictured on Channel Ten’s The Project) thought it was tone-deaf for Ruby and Natalie Bassingthwaighte to have shared footage to Instagram of their night out in New York together on Saturday while many Aussies are struggling in lockdown
Not holding back: Steve accused Ruby and Natalie of ‘flaunting their freedom’ in the comment’s section of Natalie’s Instagram post
Ruby, who has since become a Hollywood actress since leaving Australia for the United States nearly 10 years ago, quickly defended herself and Natalie.
‘This is such an awful, horrible mean thing to write on someone’s page. I think if you step back out of your obvious and understandable frustration, you will see both myself and Natalie care very much about mental health,’ she began.
‘I live In the States and have for almost a decade. I haven’t been home in years and I miss my family deeply. Natalie, the kind and extremely compassionate person in this video is working, and soon, she can take back what she has been working on here for the Australian audiences.
Great pals: Natalie, 46, who is in New York from her hometown of Byron Bay as she prepares for the Australian production of Jagged Little Pill, shared a video to Instagram of herself and The Orange Is the New Black star cheering on a busy New York street
‘Broadway JUST opened up again two weeks ago here and people cried and celebrated everywhere, including the media. We need the arts, it’s imperative for people and their mental health. It creates jobs and will be something that brings a lot of joy for Aussie audiences.’
Ruby said that while she ‘understands’ his anger at what is happening in Australia, his comments towards Natalie were ‘out of line’.
‘I am so sorry you have lost loved ones as many of us have during this time. However, I think you will find Natalie not accepting this opportunity and staying at home not making an income doesn’t solve anything?’ she wrote.
In memory: Natalie’s post was in memory of a mutual friend they ‘lost’ and ‘miss’, according to Ruby’s response to Steve
‘Her kids are almost at an age where they can read these comments and for that alone, I’d say you don’t give a damn about mental health or compassion, or you wouldn’t be calling people names in the comments sections. Really odd.’
Ruby went on to reveal how the post was in honour of a friend they ‘lost and miss’, and that she doesn’t want to ‘argue’ with Steve or ‘upset’ him.
‘Steve Price, I do not wish to argue with you or upset you. I do wish you nothing but the best during these really challenging, soul testing times,’ she concluded.
Hitting back: Ruby, 35, who has been living in the US for nearly a decade, responded to Steve by saying that while she ‘understands’ his anger at what is happening in Australia, his comments towards Natalie were ‘out of line’
Lengthy response: ‘This is such an awful, horrible mean thing to write on someone’s page. I think if you step back out of your obvious and understandable frustration, you will see both myself and Natalie care very much about mental health,’ she wrote
It has been a challenging time for Australians with Sydney set to be released from lockdown on Monday after a gruelling 106 days in lockdown while trying to manage a devastating outbreak of the Covid Delta variant.
Meanwhile Victoria recorded 1,890 new Covid-19 cases and five new deaths overnight on Sunday.
About 58 per cent of Victorians over 15 are vaccinated with the state on track to meet the 70 per cent milestone by October 26, which will end its sixth lockdown.
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