Aussie star’s bizarre Pete Evans ‘Jesus’ rant
Former Home And Away star Isabel Lucas is apparently standing by controversial celebrity chef Pete Evans, if a recent, rambling Instagram post is anything to go by.
The 36-year-old, who played Tasha Andrews on the iconic soap from 2003-2006, shared an inspirational quote about "truth" on the social media platform earlier this week, but it was her lengthy and bizarre accompanying caption that raised eyebrows.
And while it didn't specifically mention Evans - who was recently booted off Instagram after sharing posts spreading misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccinations - by name, many have interpreted the tirade as a message of support for his crusade.
Lucas kicked off her post with another famous quote by Evelyn Beatrice Hall: "I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
She then launched into a rant about "freedom of speech".
"I have been wanting to speak about freedom of speech and censorship here for a long time," she wrote.
"If you are feeling cautious to ask worthy questions because of what bullies, or those who lack insight or compassion might say, may you remember the words of Evelyn Beatrice Hall.
"May you be inspired by the countless courageous ones who have expressed their truth in the face of adversity: Rosa May Parks, John F Kennedy, Robert F Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr, Eddie Mabo, Malcolm X, Joan of Arc, Nikola Tesla, Julian Assange, Socrates, Jesus, John Lennon, Hypatia, Nelson Mandela, Maya Angelou, Michael Leunig, Waris Dirie, thousands of women, called 'witches' … and countless others."
Thos post continued with Lucas claiming that "historically and culturally, many of these people we herald today as change-makers have been ridiculed, censored and violently opposed."
"Many received death threats, or had their lives taken before their legacy or questions could be accepted as self-evident," she posted.
"I'm hearing many conversations around the amount of censorship friends are experiencing Facebook, Instagram accounts are being removed, shadow banned and numerous YouTube videos deleted.
"Do you agree in the need for cultivating open, informed and respectful conversations about the mainstream narratives?
"How do we encourage our conscience-barometers and humanitarians to courageously express themselves?
"May we continue to support those who practice freedom of speech and shed light on the uncomfortable truths that challenges us."
She concluded with yet another quote - this time by Albert Einstein - "blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth."
Both Lucas and Evans have made headlines recently for their anti-vax stance as well as their belief in other conspiracy theories, with Lucas pictured speaking at an anti-5G rally in Byron Bay recently.
The pair also sparked controversy for publicly praising NRL star Bryce Cartwright after he refused to have a compulsory flu vaccination, and both appeared in a Zoom call with coronavirus deniers and lockdown critics last August.
Late last year, Lucas also courted controversy after revealing she had refused COVID-19 testing on the set of her latest film Bosch & Rockit, instead claiming her immune system was strong from how she "lives and eats and thinks".
"I gave my duty of care of what I could offer to respect everyone's health and maintain my own health, and I shared that, and I opted out of doing the COVID test," she said at the time.
Originally published as Aussie star's bizarre Pete Evans 'Jesus' rant