Portugal. The Man pull out of their Sunrise performance amidst Aboriginal controversy
Portugal. The Man have pulled out of their appearance on Channel 7’s ‘Sunrise’ scheduled for this morning, following the controversy stirred following hosts’ comments regarding Indigenous Australians.
The band took to Instagram to announce that they would no longer be appearing on the show, as they believe recent statements made on Sunrise amplify problems regarding Indigenous people. The band noted that their rural-Alaskan hometown has heightened their awareness of those issues, which they hold close to their hearts.
“We do not want to be apart of that show at this time.We come from rural Alaska and hold very close to our hearts the Indigenous people of our home,” they said.
“While we are by no means experts in your countries history we know there are problems that, like ours, are yet to be resolved and only being amplified by the recent statements on Sunrise.”
Read the full statement below:
?While we are by no means experts in your countries history we know there are problems that, like ours, are yet to be resolved and only being amplified by the recent statements on Sunrise. Uncle Allen Madden will be welcoming us all to our show in Sydney tonight. With love and respect, Australia ?
Last month on ‘Sunrise’ guest Prue MacSween suggested that “white families be allowed to adopt abused Aboriginal children”.
“Just like the first Stolen Generation where a lot of children were taken because it was for their well-being, we need to do it again,” she said.
Aboriginal groups were shocked at the statements, with many storming the show in protest.
Portugal The Man are currently in the country for Groovin The Moo festival.
The article was originally published on Tone Deaf