The Bachelors called out for paying respects to wrong Aboriginal tribe in Welcome to Country

Osher is slammed over a major Welcome to Country fail on The Bachelor: ‘No shame and disrespectful for not doing his research’

  • The Bachelors named wrong Aboriginal tribe in Welcome to Country on Monday
  • Host Osher Günsberg made the faux pas sparking outrage from TV viewers
  • Local Aboriginal man quickly corrected the mistake revealing true custodians 

Reality dating show The Bachelor has been called out for paying their respects to the wrong Aboriginal tribe in its Welcome to Country.

Host Osher Günsberg made the faux pas on the first episode of the hit Channel 10 series on Monday night.

‘I want to acknowledge the Yugambeh people, the traditional owners of the land we are standing on this evening,’ he said.

‘I want to pay my respects to their elders past, present and future, members of the longest living culture on earth, and I hope that it’s on these abundant lands that we see the thrill of first connections.’

An Aboriginal man, who goes by the name Kombumerri Bee, revealed the host had accidentally named the wrong custodians.

‘I’m not Yugambeh,’ he said in a TikTok video. ‘I’m from the Gold Coast. I’m Kombumerri Ngarahngwal.’

The reality dating series was filmed on the Gold Coast, in Queensland, which is part of Kombumerri country.

Reality dating show The Bachelors has been called out for paying their respects to the wrong Aboriginal tribe in its Welcome to Country

Reality dating show The Bachelors has been called out for paying their respects to the wrong Aboriginal tribe in its Welcome to Country

‘Yous have just acknowledged the Logan River, Albert River language,’ the man said.

‘That’s not our people. That’s sad that yous done that to us. It’s disenfranchising that yous have done that to us.’  

Social media users were left stunned by the mistake and slammed the TV show.

‘What a joke,’ one wrote.

A second added: ‘Obviously didn’t the do the proper research and consultation.’

‘No shame and disrespectful for not doing his research,’ another wrote. 

Daily Mail Australia contacted Paramount ANZ for comment. 

The error comes after Network 10 made headlines in December when it informed staff it would not be acknowledging Australia Day.

An Aboriginal man, who goes by the name Kombumerri Bee, revealed the host had accidentally named the wrong custodians

An Aboriginal man, who goes by the name Kombumerri Bee, revealed the host had accidentally named the wrong custodians

Staff were told they could have the option of coming into work on the public holiday.

Parent company Paramount ANZ’s chief content officer, Beverley McGarvey, and co-lead Jarrod Villani referred to Australia Day as ‘January 26’ only in an email sent to all editorial and programming staff. 

The executives told staff it was ‘not a day of celebration’ for Indigenous people.

‘At Paramount ANZ we aim to create a safe place to work where cultural differences are appreciated, understood and respected,’ the pair wrote in the email, The Australian’s Media Diary column reported.

‘For our First Nations people, we as an organisation acknowledge that January 26 is not a day of celebration.

‘We recognise that there has been a turbulent history, particularly around that date and the recognition of that date being Australia Day.’

The pair said staff could choose to work through the national holiday if they didn’t feel comfortable celebrating it and could take another day of leave instead. 

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