Outrage over controversial grand final entertainment act
The AFL and NRL grand finals provided an excellent distraction from what has been a horror 2020, but the entertainment chosen for the AFL half-time entertainment has drawn some criticism.
Brisbane pop band Sheppard played, and while their song ‘Geronimo’ is a massive hit that has achieved international success, the band’s backstory and funding is very controversial.
The band is comprised of siblings George, Amy and Emma Sheppard, but their careers have been entirely funded by their parents.
Father Greg Sheppard manages the band, but his vast fortune has come on the back of Manus Island blood money, being a director of Wilson Protective Services, the company responsible for running the controversial detention centre on the island.
Mr Sheppard’s company was in charge of security and welfare on Manus Island when 24 year-old Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaei died from septicimea after cutting his foot at the detention centre.
Sheppard are the band bankrolled by Manus Island blood money yeah?— Osman Faruqi (@oz_f) October 24, 2020
Do you think it was appropriate for Sheppard to play at the AFL Grand Final given how the band has been funded?