Media expert reveals why some stars are 'too scared' to support Israel Folau

Sacked NRL star Israel Folau, 30, has had limited public support from fellow celebrities, after he was axed from the Wallabies last month over his homophobic comments.

Former boxing champion, Anthony Mundine, and 2GB radio host, Alan Jones, are among a few high profile names who have criticised Rugby Australia's decision to terminate the devout Christian's $4 million contract. 

Media expert, Nicole Reaney, of InsideOut Public Relations, told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday that there are valid reasons why celebrities who may agree with Israel's controversial views are reluctant to speak out.

Sacked NRL star Israel Folau (pictured), 30, has had limited public support from fellow celebrities, after he was axed from the Wallabies last month over his homophobic comments

Sacked NRL star Israel Folau (pictured), 30, has had limited public support from fellow celebrities, after he was axed from the Wallabies last month over his homophobic comments

She said some people fear widespread condemnation, which can often lead to career suicide.

'It's never a good idea to dive into public commentary on a topic that's highly sensitive or divisive – unless of course you have the credentials to speak on a particular comment or it's your area of expertise,' Nicole said.

'A following can quickly turn, and perceptions of personal image shift – particularly if you don't have the facts or information to back it up.

The final straw: Israel shared this post on Instagram in April, which prompted his contract termination

The final straw: Israel shared this post on Instagram in April, which prompted his contract termination

Comedian Magda Szubanski and Studio 10 co-host Kerri-Anne Kennerley are among a number of stars who have condemned Israel's Instagram post last month, which claimed all homosexuals are going to hell unless they 'repent'. 

Nicole said, 'There are definitely situations where people with profile feel the pressure to comment on topics and situations.

'The pressure is felt when more and more people with profile begin to share their view or they are questioned by media or their own following to share a statement.' 

Controversial: Former rugby star Antony Mundine (pictured), 44, who has also come under fire for his controversial views on homosexuality in the past, recently slammed Rugby Australia's decision to terminate Israel's $4 million contract as 'racist'

Controversial: Former rugby star Antony Mundine (pictured), 44, who has also come under fire for his controversial views on homosexuality in the past, recently slammed Rugby Australia's decision to terminate Israel's $4 million contract as 'racist'

Candid: Former Wallabies coach and 2GB broadcaster, Alan Jones (pictured), 76, said he is 'ashamed' of the sport after Rugby Australia sacked Israel

Candid: Former Wallabies coach and 2GB broadcaster, Alan Jones (pictured), 76, said he is 'ashamed' of the sport after Rugby Australia sacked Israel

In May, axed Wallabies star Israel was found guilty of breaching Rugby Australia's code of conduct and his four-year contract was terminated.

A poll conducted by The Australian at the time found that among 21,700 respondents, 89 per cent believe Israel should not be axed. 

Former rugby star Antony Mundine, 44, who has also come under fire for his controversial views on homosexuality in the past, slammed Rugby Australia's decision as 'racist'.

Weighing in: In a piece written for The Herald Sun on Thursday, Sky News host Andrew Bolt, 59, said while Israel's comments are 'vile' - the 'bullying' he and his wife, Maria, have faced is 'vicious' and unacceptable

Weighing in: In a piece written for The Herald Sun on Thursday, Sky News host Andrew Bolt, 59, said while Israel's comments are 'vile' - the 'bullying' he and his wife, Maria, have faced is 'vicious' and unacceptable

'That's how racist this county is that Izzy Folau can be sacked for quoting a scripture

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