Lara’s ‘tone deaf’ message in new tweet
Australian model Lara Worthington has faced a flurry of criticism in the past 24 hours after a single tweet about her mother's quarantine hotel accommodation in Sydney's inner west.
Worthington, who has 104,00 followers on Twitter and 827,000 on Instagram, criticised a boutique hotel in Newtown for providing "unacceptable" accommodation for her 63-year-old mother who was showing virus symptoms.
"I don't think this looks like a 5 star accommodation to me," she wrote on Twitter alongside four images of the The Urban Newtown hotel in Sydney.
"The next 14 days here for my 63-year-old mum who is showing heavy symptoms. This is unacceptable."
Her mother, Sharon Bingle, said the hotel conditions were "unexceptionable" and she simply wanted to be in a hospital rather than the "godforsaken hotel".
Worthington received a wave of questions about the location of the hotel, with many saying her comments were "tone deaf", "entitled" and "precious".
"No sympathy at all. This is about the health of our nation, not your Mothers Yelp reviews for accommodation she pays $0 for," one person wrote.
"Be thankful she had a roof over her head. No time to be precious Bingle," another added.
"People are dead but I can't get free 5 star accommodation, get a grip.
"This is close to the most obnoxious thing I've ever read throughout this pandemic."
Many questioned why Worthington decided to name and shame the boutique hotel given the devastating impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on the tourism industry across the country.
"How about you stop trying to disgrace a business that's probably lost most of its staff and a lot of money," one person wrote. "It's been offered as a quarantine place to slow the rates of infections coming from overseas. Be thankful it's not Christmas Island you entitled fools."
"I've stayed there and it looked nothing like that," another wrote.
"This is the vibe of the hotel. It's industrial and has exposed beams as part of its decor. Stop trying to make it look worse to sell a story.
"Better than what fire victims are living in precious! She has survived in worse I am sure."
Quick, let's close the curtains to make the room look dark and dingy, and remove the cushion from the chair...— Peter Keating (@peterk0578) March 30, 2020
The type of stripped back, industrial chic digs that celebs would pay a premium for. pic.twitter.com/4SSF68eiRn
Some social media users jumped to the defence of the small hotel, saying it was a unique accommodation option that looks nothing like the images shared by Worthington or Mrs Bingle.
"We love The Urban in Newtown. We stay there every time we go to Sydney," one commented.
"Be careful not to disgrace businesses that don't deserve it. We're all in this together.
"This 'Grunge' style accommodation is all the go these days, you should know that Lara. I just stayed in a similar one in Phuket City. She has a bed, television and I am guessing a small kitchen or bathroom set up. What else do you want? This is how normal people stay in hotels."
Since the weekend, thousands of Australians returning to airports around the country are being transported by police and military to hotels that will be their homes for the next two weeks during a forced quarantine to contain the spread of coronavirus.
About 3000 travellers who arrived in Sydney on Sunday were taken to hotels around the city, including the swanky Swissotel, the Hilton, the Intercontinental and the budget Ibis.
Tens of thousands of hotel rooms around Australia will be used for quarantine as travellers continue to arrive home from overseas. In Melbourne, arrivals were taken to the four-star Crown Promenade and the Crown Metropol.
About 20,000 returned travellers are expected to arrive in the next week alone.
Originally published as Lara's 'tone deaf' message in new tweet