Tony Armstrong has slapped down online trolls after he copped criticism for acknowledging the traditional owners of the land during the Logies.
While presenting an award with 2022 Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott, the ABC presenter — a proud Barranbinya man — acknowledged the traditional owners of the land, the Yugambeh People of the Gold Coast.
“You’re all deadly,” he said.
Armstrong, an ABC sports presenter and host of A Dog’s World with Tony Armstrong, was later named the inaugural winner of the Graham Kennedy Award for Best New Talent.
But the recognition did not go down well with online trolls who took to Twitter to stick the boot in for “virtue signaling”.
Under a congratulatory tweet by his ABC colleague Michael Rowland, one wrote: “Acknowledgment of country is virtue signaling that does nothing to further the wellbeing of indigenous people in Australia. Specially to a room full of coke sniffing elites. It’s time we drop this nonsense.”
Others, too shared the sentiment, writing: “Woke seems to be trending! ahhhhh don’t you just love sheep in a paddock?”
But Armstrong’s response was sharp and to the point.
“Shut up bro. I’m a blackfulla and I am duty bound to respect the land I’m on.”
Armstrong’s clap back drew widespread praise online, liked by more than 6000 people.
One person responded: “Ignore the troll. You are a legend Tony. Well done.”
Another wrote: “Tony, mate, I’m sorry you need to answer this shit. But you know there’s a whole clan of white guys and gals out here who totally back you. And we know what land we stand on.”
When Armstrong took to the stage to claim his award he thanked his “superstar” mum.
“The old cheese, my mum, she is a superstar, has done everything for me and has been a superstar and I would not be up here without her so a big thanks to her and please give her a clap, she will love it back home,” he said.
A very dusty looking Armstrong made an appearance on ABC breakfast just hours after the awards.
“I’m kind of a bit overwhelmed, it hasn’t really sunk in yet,” he said.
When he was praised for his “rapid rise” to celebrity status, Armstrong quipped: “A lot of people were after a rapid rise this morning but I couldn’t quite get up in the seven o’clock hour but managed to make it to eight o’clock.
Asked about what he got up to celebrate his win, Armstrong said he “had a couple of chats with a couple of people and am definitely not feeling under the weather,” with a wry grin.