Ernie Dingo blows up at WA Hedland crowd as he’s paid to promote vaccine to Indigenous communities


Aussie TV legend Ernie Dingo has lashed out against anti-vaxxers as he tried to convince residents in a remote Indigenous community to take the Covid jab.

The Great Outdoors host and entertainer clashed with a crowd of locals who gathered to hear him promote the vaccine during a paid appearance in Western Australia’s Hedland region in the state’s north-west. 

At one point, the 65-year-old could be heard telling a young woman who accused him of pressuring her into getting the jab ‘you’re so f**king full of it’.

Dingo enraged the woman, who feared her children would starve because jab mandates affected her ability to find work, by telling her to direct ‘political questions’ to WA Premier Mark McGowan. 

‘You’re trying to tell us to take the vaccine… you can’t f***king answer our questions,’ the woman said in footage filmed by Ngaarda Media.

‘Alright I can’t answer them – you’re so f**king full of it that you know all the answers yourself,’ Dingo replied.

Earlier in the town hall-style gathering, the TV icon said it was ‘like arguing with a rubber ball’ after a furious back and forth with a man who wrongly claimed he didn’t need the vaccine because the virus wasn’t that deadly.

‘It’s your choice to get vaccinated just as it’s his choice not to get vaccinated,’ a woman in the crowd shouted as she sided with the angry resident. 

‘It’s like arguing with a rubber ball – you’re just going to keep bouncing back for no reason,’ Dingo responded.

He also entered the crowd with a microphone to tell a woman who was berating him ‘put a cork in it and have a bit of respect’.

‘There are elders here who deserve to listen, rather than hear you busting yourself,’ he said. 

Aussie TV legend Ernie Dingo (right)has told an anti-vaxxer 'you're so f**king full of it' as he tried to convince residents in a remote Indigenous community to take the Covid vaccine

Aussie TV legend Ernie Dingo (right)has told an anti-vaxxer ‘you’re so f**king full of it’ as he tried to convince residents in a remote Indigenous community to take the Covid vaccine

The fiery confrontation comes after he shared the horrific online messages he has received from anti-vaxxers while promoting the vaccine. 

He last month posted a screenshot of one particularly vile message he was sent which featured a threat against Dingo’s young twin sons.

‘You just participated in the biggest massacre in Australian history since 1970,’ the message began.

The message featured a racist remark and a threat that his twin sons would ‘fade away’. 

Dingo last month shared the horrific messages he has copped as he travels around remote Indigenous communities encouraging people to get the jab

Dingo last month shared the horrific messages he has copped as he travels around remote Indigenous communities encouraging people to get the jab

‘Your precious twins will suffer and you will live to watch them fade away. So shall it be!’

Dingo shared the conversation to Twitter with the caption ‘just when you think those f***tards go any lower, they do’.

The television star has been making his way through remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia in an attempt to boost vaccination rates.

Dingo shared a screenshot of one particularly vile message he was sent by another social media user

Dingo shared a screenshot of one particularly vile message he was sent by another social media user 

The 65-year-old is no stranger to racial and online abuse since joining the government’s Vax the Outback campaign, which has seen him travel from Perth to Pilbara speaking to elders and Indigenous groups. 

Speaking about the campaign, the actor said he wanted communities to feel ready to roll up their sleeves. 

‘I’ll be having a cuppa and a yarn with countrymen over brekkie barbecues, listening to their concerns and encouraging them to be ready for the jab when the health teams come through the towns again,’ he said at the campaign launch.

The television star has been making his way through remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia in a bid to increase vaccination rates

The television star has been making his way through remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia in a bid to increase vaccination rates

Dingo has been on the receiving end of vile messages from anti-vaxxers. He is pictured above at the 2014 AACTA awards

Dingo has been on the receiving end of vile messages from anti-vaxxers. He is pictured above at the 2014 AACTA awards 

‘It’s about knowledge, about making our communities feel ready for the vaccine when it comes around.

‘I’ll also be out there with the BushTV crew filming it all, getting on Indigenous radio waves, and driving home that message – that to protect ourselves, our families, our elders and communities we’ve all got to get vaccinated.’

Last year, medical journal The Lancet reported that Indigenous Australians have an increased risk of Covid-19 due to existing health and socioeconomic inequities. 



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