Obama’s Lucrative Speaking Tour Causes ‘Deep Offense’ by Axing Indigenous Elder at the Last Minute
The Australian indigenous community expressed “deep offense” over an incident Wednesday involving former President Barack Obama’s visit to the country.
Aunty Joy Murphy, a Wurundjeri elder, had been scheduled to give a traditional “Welcome to Country” at the sold-out event called “A Night with Barack Obama” in Melbourne, according to the Australian Broadcasting Company.
However, an organization called Growth Faculty, which hosted the event, “removed Aunty Joy from event proceedings amid claims she was being ‘too difficult.’”
Murphy had requested “appropriate accommodations for a support person” to accompany her to the event, and she had also asked “to provide Mr. Obama with a gift, as is cultural practice,” according to the report.
“She was told that she was being ‘too difficult’ and was removed from event proceedings,” according to the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation.
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