Collingwood’s iconic former cheer squad leader Joffa Corfe has doubled down after the club condemned his offensive tweet and urged him to apologise.
On Tuesday night, Corfe wrote “Get rid off all Indian workers in aged care might be a start”, seemingly in response to the findings of a royal commission into aged care in Australia.
Plenty of social media users were outraged by the tweet, calling on the famous Collingwood figure to delete his post.
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However, Corfe didn’t heed the advice, instead posting on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to defend his actions and declare “I won’t be silenced”.
“To the losers out there in Twitter world feel free to copy and paste anything i say everywhere and anywhere,” he tweeted. “I don’t care I won’t be silenced by the bulls**t minority pretending to be the do gooders I’ll have the b***s to say and tweet whatever I want, Thank you.”
Corfe doubled down on Thursday, boasting about life on the Gold Coast and refusing to say sorry.
“Another day at surfers sun swim and surf with lunch and dinner with friends on Cavill Avenue, life couldn’t be better,” he tweeted.
“And an apology will not be forthcoming have a wonderful day everyone. Off to surfers to live the life.”
Corfe has been vocal in his support of former club president Eddie McGuire and hit back at the idea of systematic racism at the club.
It comes after McGuire stood down in the aftermath of the “Do Better” report, which concluded the club was guilty of fostering “systemic racism” that “has resulted in profound and enduring harm to First Nations and African players”.
The club and its players were quick to apologise after the report was released and rather than let Corfe’s posts disappear into the ether, Collingwood stepped in to condemn his comments.
“Joffa Corfe is not a member of the Collingwood Football Club but has had a long association with our organisation,” Collingwood tweeted from its official account.
“As such we cannot stand by his comments of last night. We condemn them and ask him to consider the hurt he has caused and an appropriate apology.”
Corfe paid no attention to that request.
Last month, when the racism scandal was developing, Corfe issued several posts in defence of Collingwood.
“To the people who are ripping Eddie McGuire to shreds are they any better than racism itself,” he wrote.
Corfe also called Heritier Lumumba a “massive flog” after the former Collingwood star went public with allegations of a culture of racism at the Pies.
“The slur that everyone associated with Collingwood is racist or guilty of racism will be with us for a long time it is heartbreaking to say the least,” Corfe tweeted in February.
It’s been a brutal pre-season for the Magpies with McGuire reportedly going radio silent after being left “crushed” at his tumultuous demise as president of Collingwood after the release of the report.
Coach Nathan Buckley has also revealed he would be prepared to stand aside at the end of the year if poor results dictated the club was better off going in a new direction.
Buckley also expressed his regret in how he responded to allegations of racism, while Collingwood has begun instituting some of the recommendations from the Do Better report, including establishing an anti-racism expert group.