Magda Szubanski has made a heartfelt confession about her own 'sacking' by weight loss giant Jenny Craig, in response to Israel Folau’s complaints over his booting by Rugby Australia over alleged contract violations relating to his social media posts claiming gay people will go to hell.
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Speaking on Studio 10, where she was promoting a new charity initiative for children, to counter the perceived toxicity of Folau’s own funding campaign for a legal fund to fight his sacking, Magda told Folau to get some perspective, citing her own experience with being sacked for contract violations.
‘All of us sign employment contracts, and when we do that, you know what you are signing on for,’ Magda said.
‘I signed on for Jenny Craig, and I broke the terms of my contract and was sacked.'
The star was widely reported to have been booted by the company for failing to meet the weight stipulations of her contract, the exact details of which have never been made public.
‘I was sacked – it was absolutely humiliating, but I did not start a GoFundMe campaign to fight them,’ she said.
Magda, who was a tireless 'Yes' campaigner for Australia's same-sex marriage equality vote in 2017, set up the GoFundMe account called 'For Love', which is a multi-faith initiative which aims to raise $500,000 for children's charities.
Speaking to Waleed Aly on The Project on Tuesday night, Szubanksi admitted she couldn't believe she was still discussing equal rights in today's society.
'We would like to have a response to Israel Folau that's not combative.
'It's an interfaith group, it's comprised of Catholics, Muslims, Jews, atheists and LGBTQI people, and we've started a GoFundMe campaign called 'For Love'.
'We hope to raise $500,000, 10 percent of which will go to Twenty10 which is an organisation I'm patron of.
'It works a lot with kids, often from diverse backgrounds who are kicked out of home because of, basically, because of their sexuality.'
'Please give, because the other 90 percent - we want to show what a group of people of interfaith and different sexualities can do when they bring the best values of their faith forward - 90 percent of the money we raise will go to the Children's Cancer Foundation.'
Szubanski said she hoped 'For Love' would demonstrate that collaboration between minority groups can lead to something productive rather than destructive.
'A small percentage of this will go to help kids, because a lot of people will still be upset by this, you know, and remaining amount will go to - I mean, they're saying Israel Folau is in the 'fight of his life', but these kids with cancer - they are in the fight of their lives and we want to help them.'