Former The Bachelor / soon-to-be Bachelor In Paradise contestant Brooke Blurton has taken to Instagram to call out the racism she cops from fans.
The 24-year-old shared pics and vids to her Insta Story where she slammed followers for making outright racist comments in the guise of a compliment.
She captioned one selfie, “Literally frustrates me when I get DMs that say ‘You’re so pretty for an Aboriginal.'”
“You can definitely understand how frustrated I am right now at the fact that people can think they’re ‘complimenting you’, but really, they’re actually disrespecting a whole race,” she began.
“It actually frustrates me, and it takes me back to when I was in high school. I continuously got my Aboriginality questioned, not only by my peers or my friends or whoever, I got questioned by teachers, I got questioned by adults, I got questioned by randoms.
“When I would say that I’m Aboriginal, my mum is Aboriginal, they’d be like, ‘Oh, what part?’ or, ‘You’re too pretty to be Aboriginal,’ or, ‘You’re not one of those, are you?'”
“It made me so mad, and I didn’t quite understand it back then because I was so young.” she added.
“It actually fucking confused me, because people questioning your Aboriginality or your cultural identity makes you actually question yourself.”
She adds that she’s alway been proud of her Indigenous heritage.
“I was so set on who I am, who my mum was, and who my family were, and these people made me question that,” she said.
“It makes me so mad that this is still happening for me. I fucking hate that. It actually makes me so fucking mad and upset, because it’s just ignorance and it’s backwards thinking,” she continued.
The following morning, Blurton revealed that she received loads of supportive messages overnight and thanked fans for backing her.
“It’s really nice to wake up to such supportive and caring and nice messages, especially around racism,” she said in a new Insta Story.
“Some of you have shared your own stories with it, and I think that you’re so courageous, and thank you so much for sharing with me.”