MasterChef judge Melissa Leong says she feels personally “betrayed” by Georgia Love’s “casual racism”.
MasterChef judge Melissa Leong has revealed she feels “betrayed” by former Bachelorette star and Seven News reporter Georgia Love’s offensive video on Instagram of a cat in an Asian restaurant.
Love, 33, had sparked widespread backlash for posting footage of a cat behind the window of a Melbourne dumpling house and writing “Shop attendant or lunch?!”
Love was also recently accused of sharing another racist Instagram post in 2013 which showed an “animal hospital” next to a restaurant called “China Chef”.
Below the photo of the two storefronts was a cartoon image of a dog, alongside the text: “That’s suspicious …”
Love captioned the now-deleted meme at the time: “Best.”
Leong, 39, who is of Chinese-Singaporean descent, said was particularly hurt because she knows Love personally.
“Casual racism from nice people is possibly the most betraying and insidious kind,” she wrote.
Leong went on to say that she hopes Love’s apology is “real”.
“Not angry, just completely bummed that this video exists and that it isn’t the first joke of this kind made by her,” Leong wrote. “Georgia, I really hope that your remorse is real and that you grow in the right direction, because this stuff hurts more people, more than you think. We must be allies for each other for a better world for all.”
Channel 7 has reportedly launched an investigation into Love’s social media post.
Love has since deleted the post of the cat in the restaurant but has not addressed the earlier post.
“I posted a video of a cat in a restaurant window. I meant for this to be a joke about an animal being in a restaurant at lunch service time,” she said.
“I meant absolutely no insinuation about the type of animal nor the type of restaurant, but I see that my post did not come across like that and was offensive.
“I sincerely apologise for the oversight and offence I have caused. Thank you to those who called me out. This is what we need to make sure we are all accountable and do better.
“Again, I apologise from the bottom of my heart for the offence caused.
Love was the Bachelorette on Season 2 in 2016, picking plumber Lee Elliott, who she married earlier this year.