Israel Folau and the Media Lynch Mob

Izzy is no longer allowed to play sport in Australia—of every sporting code—and so he has been forced to take up a contract overseas. But that hasn’t stopped a hostile media from relentlessly pursuing him to create a story, even when there isn’t one. Take for instance, this hit piece by the Australian Associated Press published in Yahoo Sport Australia provocatively titled: “Investigation Launched into ‘disgusting’ new Israel Folau Drama”.

It makes the reader ask themselves, “What’s he done this time! Has he learnt nothing about his social responsibilities?” But the truth of it is, nothing. Except of course if you include that he scored a try with his very first touch of the ball – a fact that even the militantly LGBTIQ Sydney Morning Herald had to begrudgingly admit adding that Folau:

… had French supporters on their feet every time he touched the ball in Perpignan.

But that was only the half of it. According to the more unbiased journalistic reporting Fox Sports:

Israel Folau may have been expecting a slightly hostile reception for his rugby league comeback, but his home crowd treated him to a hero’s welcome.

The Catalans Dragons supporters filled the ground with chants of “Izzy! Izzy!” as Folau crossed to score a dream debut try after just five minutes.

The former Wallaby…was mobbed by teammates as he celebrated his first points as a Super League star.

He then received a warm reception on full-time, holding his hands up to the crowd, giving them a clap and a thumb’s up in recognition.

He then wandered around the ground to mingle with fans, stopping to take selfies and chatting with supporters.

O my goodness, what hate-filled, homophobic behaviour! Fancy someone as ‘bigoted’ as Folau receiving a “hero’s welcome”? And what’s with the crowd chanting his name? They must be bigots too! But then to top it all off, the guy has the audacity to gratefully acknowledge the crowds support, “mingling with fans, stopping to take selfies and chatting with supporters”. This is why—note, sarcasm ahead—Peter Beattie was right to forbid to play him here. That kind of behaviour is just completely at odds with current culture of Australian rugby league.

But not content to let anyone hold to a different point of view, Yahoo Sports Australia confected outrage even where there was none. For there was apparently one lone protestor who decided to try and make a political statement by bringing a rainbow flag to the game, but was asked to put it away because it was against club policy.

Here’s a screenshot of what she tweeted, although strangely, it has since been deleted.

Whatever happened to just going to ground to watch the game? Why does everything now have to be so political? And why can’t LGBTIQ people just accept that not everyone agrees with their sexual proclivities? Not celebrating your particular lifestyle doesn’t mean that people hate you. It’s just that they have a difference of opinion.

What has become clear, though, is that LGBTIQ activists will accept nothing by unquestioning affirmation and support. And if you dare to disagree, then they will not only persecute you out of the public square but also pursue you to the very ends of the earth.

Meanwhile, according to The Australian, due to the hapless leadership of Rayleen Castle, Rugby Australia looks set to walk away from its $285 million and twenty-five-year broadcasting partnership with Fox Sports. This is because crowd numbers are perilously low, TV ratings dismal and every Australian super rugby team winless against foreign teams so far this year.

Does anyone still truly believe that they did the right thing in getting rid of Folau? Well, it will obviously come as no surprise that Peter FitzSimons still does. In The Sydney Morning Herald at the beginning of February, FitzSimons falsely prophesied:

Waratahs and Wallabies. Will both rise this year, and do better than last year… But, how can I be so sure that Australian rugby will rise? Because, friends, in recent times they could hardly have got much worse, yes? Speaking of which …

Catalans rugby league team. Will struggle with the Folau signing. Yes, this is not much of a prediction when it is already happening before our eyes, but I can’t resist. After Folau put up his second successive homophobic tweet last April, an enormously powerful dynamic came into play that swept him not just from the Wallabies, but also all the other Super rugby franchises and also the NRL. Qantas and other sponsors ran screaming from the room rather than be associated with him. Now, a year later, that dynamic no longer applies? Not on your nelly. It is still there, as Catalans have already found out, and is likely to get a whole lot stronger as other Super League clubs meet in protest, talking possible legal action against the damage done to the code. Watch this space.

O dear. Yes, we’re all watching. But it seems to be not working out as the Red Pirate so confidently predicted. For just like Peter Van Onselen, FitzSimons has just activated his journalistic super-power of the Kiss-of-Death.

[Photo: Laurent Selles, Wikimedia Commons]

By |2020-02-19T22:51:38+11:00February 19th, 2020|Australia, Authors, Fairness & Justice, Faith, Freedom, Identity Politics|16 Comments

About the Author:

Mark Powell has six children and he is a Presbyterian minister at Cornerstone Church in Strathfield, Sydney. Mark writes for the Spectator and is a passionate advocate for faith and family; he has been on radio and TV advocating for Freedom, Faith, Family and Life.


  1. Yvonne Walker February 20, 2020 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Thank you for this up to minute report and your unbiased attitude. We support every word . God bless..

    • Mark Powell February 26, 2020 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      Hi Yvonne, really glad you were encouraged.

  2. Eve February 20, 2020 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this unbiased article . We wish Israel Folau the very best and pray for great things for him and his family .

    • Mark Powell February 26, 2020 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the encouraging feedback. Yeah the Folau’s are an example to us all

  3. Kathryn Edwards February 20, 2020 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    Excellent article! Thanks

  4. KINIBO February 21, 2020 at 12:50 am - Reply

    Thank you

  5. Herman Nyhuis February 21, 2020 at 9:08 am - Reply

    Refreshing to read something positive. Thank you!

    • Mark Powell February 26, 2020 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      G’day Herman. Glad you were encouraged!

  6. Sitiveni February 21, 2020 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Great article Mark.

    • Mark Powell February 26, 2020 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the encouraging feedback. May the LORD bless you

  7. Euan McDonald February 21, 2020 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Well done and good to not suck up to the so-called thought police who hate traditional Marriage between a man and woman!

  8. Mike Crabb February 22, 2020 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    Very eloquent article Mr Powell. I was wondering if I was alone in thinking Izzy Folau has been hounded not only out of the country but continually harassed by the obsequious personas here who grovel and pander to the LGBTQI community.
    I wonder what their thoughts are on cheating cricketers who have not only been brought back into the fold but awarded advertising contracts and sports awards?

    • Mark Powell February 26, 2020 at 7:57 pm - Reply

      Thanks Mike, really appreciate the encouragement. Totally agree with your analogy regarding our cricketers. Good one!

  9. June Buchanan February 24, 2020 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    Thank so much for this wonderfully unbiased article, Mark. God’s Glory will of course always trump the plans, words and actions of the people who reject Him.

    All the frenzy around ‘hate speech’ – it surely is a case of ‘hate media’ in so many cases!!

    May you be richly blessed.

    • Mark Powell February 26, 2020 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      Thanks June. It’s time the quiet Australians spoke up.

  10. Joy Jackson February 27, 2020 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Thankyou for the update! Praise GOD Israel is blessed by GOD. Homosexuality is ABOMINATION in the eyes of GOD, HE won’t be mocked.Thankyou & GOD bless. As the Rapture comes closer we will need to rely on the Lord Jesus more than ever. HE is our strength & our fortress. Keep up the great work.

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