Ridiculed celebrity responses to coronavirus
Novak Djokovic's Australian visa canceled for the second time
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As the world weathers this crisis together and people are reaching out to comfort, inform, and support each other, many celebrities are failing to strike an empathic chord with their followers. Plenty of publications are even claiming that their responses to coronavirus will be the demise of celebrity culture, as many of the rich and famous are making it difficult to idolize them.
Tennis champion Novak Djokovic stirred controversy at the Australian Border Force on January 5 with his application to be exempt from the COVID-19 vaccine as he arrived in the country to compete in the Australian Open, which he's won nine times in the past. He was detained upon arrival and his visa was canceled, and yet on January 10 a judge overturned the decision and released him from detention. Now, however, a new statement from Djokovic himself means he's facing deportation again.
In an Instagram post on January 12, to clarify "ongoing misinformation," the star athlete admitted there was a mistake on his immigration forms as his agent made a "human error" and ticked a box indicating that he hadn't traveled in the 14 days prior to entering Australia, though he'd been to both Serbia and Spain. Then he admitted to meeting a journalist from L'Equipe after having received a positive PCR test result because he "didn't want to let the journalist down." Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used his discretionary powers to revoke Djokovic's visa once again. Unless this bizarre story takes another unexpected turn, it looks like Djokovic won't be playing in the Australian Open this year.
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