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Why some stars are not speaking about Izzy Folou

It’s been a heated discussion – overtaking media headlines daily. With two sides of the Israel Folau situation airing their views. When you are a person with a profile – is it recommended to enter into the conversation, or sit on the sidelines and observe. While it may not exactly be ‘career suicide’ on personal brand image – there are times when it is best to pick your battles when it comes to sharing your views.

Sacked NRL star Israel Folau, 30, has had limited public support from fellow celebrities after he was axed from the Wallabies last month over his controversial comments.

Media expert Nicole Reaney of InsideOut Public Relations, told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday that there are valid reasons why celebrities who may agree with Israel’s controversial views are reluctant to speak out.

She said some people fear widespread condemnation, which can often lead to career suicide.

‘It’s never a good idea to dive into public commentary on a topic that’s highly sensitive or divisive – unless of course you have the credentials to speak on a particular comment or it’s your area of expertise,’ Nicole said.

‘A following can quickly turn, and perceptions of personal image shift – particularly if you don’t have the facts or information to back it up.

Comedian Magda Szubanski and Studio 10 co-host Kerri-Anne Kennerley are among a number of stars who have condemned Israel’s Instagram post last month, which claimed all homosexuals are going to hell unless they ‘repent’.

Nicole said, ‘There are definitely situations where people with profile feel the pressure to comment on topics and situations.

‘The pressure is felt when more and more people with profile begin to share their view or they are questioned by media or their own following to share a statement.’

For the full article head to Daily Mail Australia

Nicole Reaney, Director of InsideOut PR and founder of influencer agency, #AsSeenOn . Nicole has extensive experience in corporate and consumer PR and Communications as is available to comment on topics.


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