WA closed: Cricket WAG Emma McCarthy calls out clowns who support Mark McGowan

WA closed: Cricket WAG Emma McCarthy calls out clowns who support Mark McGowan
WA closed: Cricket WAG Emma McCarthy calls out clowns who support Mark McGowan

WA Premier Mark McGowan's controversial decision to slam his state's borders shut indefinitely has drawn the ire of Australia's most talked-about cricket WAG.

Emma McCarthy, the glamorous fiancée of Test spinner Nathan Lyon, shared a viral Instagram post on Friday calling out McGowan's border backflip and condemning his isolationist cheerleaders who support the lost cause of Covid-zero.

The post, originally penned by Instagram user @phillysmirk, criticised supporters of McGowan's 'Fortress WA' policy as self-centred and lacking empathy.

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Nathan Lyon's (left) fiancée Emma McCarthy (right) has called out the 'clowns in Perth' who support WA Premier Mark McGowan isolationist approach to the Covid-19 pandemic

Nathan Lyon's (left) fiancée Emma McCarthy (right) has called out the 'clowns in Perth' who support WA Premier Mark McGowan isolationist approach to the Covid-19 pandemic

'There's a common thread tying together the absolute clowns in Perth supporting the cancellation of the border reopening,' began the post.

'They don't have parents or siblings who live interstate or overseas. They don't have dying or sick family who long for precious time together.

'They don't have babies (now toddlers) who haven't met their family. Grandparents who are growing old. Entire years lost.

'They aren't pregnant with no prospect of family support when their baby arrives.

'They clearly aren't suffering from the mental turmoil experienced by those who have been banned from seeing their families for so long (two years and no end in sight).

'If you don't fall into the above categories, perhaps think before speaking.'

The post concludes: 'FYI we are all triple-vaxxed over here, we have done what we can to protect ourselves and others - without hesitation or complaint.

'And this is how we are repaid?'

Ms McCarthy (pictured with Lyon) shared an Instagram post on Friday calling out McGowan's border backflip and condemning his cheerleaders who support the lost cause of Covid-zero

Ms McCarthy (pictured with Lyon) shared an Instagram post on Friday calling out McGowan's border backflip and condemning his cheerleaders who support the lost cause of Covid-zero

The post, originally penned by Instagram user @phillysmirk, criticised supporters of McGowan's 'Fortress WA' policy as self-centred and lacking empathy

The post, originally penned by Instagram user @phillysmirk, criticised supporters of McGowan's 'Fortress WA' policy as self-centred and lacking empathy

McCarthy, a real estate agent, hails from Perth but now lives in Sydney with fiancé Lyon. The couple bought a five-bedroom townhouse in Tennyson Point last year.

While McGowan's decision to keep WA closed off from the rest of Australia - and the world - has been widely condemned, unbelievably he still has support from his isolationist base, who often share fawning posts about his 'bravery' on Twitter. 

It comes as the leader faces intense backlash from public figures after announcing the state's borders will remain closed indefinitely.

Mr McGowan confirmed on Thursday the reopening date of February 5 would be abandoned due to surging Omicron cases and low third-dose rates in WA - and offered no alternative for when Aussies can finally travel freely in their own country. 

While McGowan's decision to keep WA closed off from the rest of Australia - and the world - has been widely condemned, unbelievably he still has support from his isolationist base, who often share fawning posts about his 'bravery' on Twitter. (Pictured on January 20)

While McGowan's decision to keep WA closed off from the rest of Australia - and the world - has been widely condemned, unbelievably he still has support from his isolationist base, who often share fawning posts about his 'bravery' on Twitter. (Pictured on January 20)

Several newsreaders and television personalities - mostly Perth natives who now live on the east coast or overseas - blasted Mr McGowan for his dogged pursuit of a Covid-zero policy while the rest of the nation learns to live with Covid.

Even high-profile broadcast journalists like 10 News First anchor Charlotte Goodlet, who has remained impartial on the issue on air, asked the premier why he would allow so many people to 'get their hopes up' only to let them down at the last minute.

'My heart hurts,' tweeted Sydney-based Goodlet, who is the wife of former Swans captain Kieren Jack.

'Tonight's WA announcement is just so upsetting. I knew February 5 just wasn't going to happen, but for weeks - despite cases rising over east - the premier had PROMISED it would.

'Why now? Why let us get our hopes up? I miss my family.'

Jerrie Demasi, a Nine News reporter based in Los Angeles, tweeted: 'Heartbroken. I may now missed my sister's wedding.

'Triple vaxxed. Negative PCR. We've done everything you asked, Mark McGowan.'

Several newsreaders and TV personalities - including 10 News First anchor Charlotte Goodlet (right) and Channel Seven sports presenter Abbey Gelmi (left) - blasted Mr McGowan for his dogged pursuit of a Covid-zero policy while the rest of the country learns to live with Covid

Several newsreaders and TV personalities - including 10 News First anchor Charlotte Goodlet (right) and Channel Seven sports presenter Abbey Gelmi (left) - blasted Mr McGowan for his dogged pursuit of a Covid-zero policy while the rest of the country learns to live with Covid

'My heart hurts,' tweeted Sydney-based Goodlet, who is the wife of former Swans captain Kieren Jack. 'I knew February 5 just wasn't going to happen, but for weeks - despite cases rising over east - the premier had PROMISED it would. Why now? Why let us get our hopes up?'

'My heart hurts,' tweeted Sydney-based Goodlet, who is the wife of former Swans captain Kieren Jack. 'I knew February 5 just wasn't going to happen, but for weeks - despite cases rising over east - the premier had PROMISED it would. Why now? Why let us get our hopes up?'

Channel Seven sports presenter Abbey Gelmi, who was raised in Perth, shared a photo on Instagram of the front page of Friday's The West Australian newspaper with the headline: '658 days and he's still not ready.'

She wrote in the caption: 'I'm so angry and I don't have words. Mark McGowan is out of control. [Prime Minister] Scott Morrison, do something. Anything.

'We just want to see our loved ones.'

Footy WAG Rebecca Judd, who hails from Perth and now lives in Brighton, Melbourne, reposted Gelmi's gut-wrenching message on her own Instagram page.

Gelmi, who was raised in Perth, wrote on Instagram: 'I'm so angry and I don't have words. Mark McGowan is out of control. [Prime Minister] Scott Morrison, do something. Anything'

Gelmi, who was raised in Perth, wrote on Instagram: 'I'm so angry and I don't have words. Mark McGowan is out of control. [Prime Minister] Scott Morrison, do something. Anything'

Gelmi is best known for fronting Seven's coverage of the Tokyo Olympics last year

Gelmi is best known for fronting Seven's coverage of the Tokyo Olympics last year

Footy WAG Rebecca Judd, who hails from Perth and now lives in Brighton, Melbourne, reposted Gelmi's gut-wrenching message on her own Instagram account

Footy WAG Rebecca Judd, who hails from Perth and now lives in Brighton, Melbourne, reposted Gelmi's gut-wrenching message on her own Instagram account

Jerrie Demasi, a Nine News reporter based in LA, tweeted: 'Heartbroken. I may now missed my sister's wedding. Triple vaxxed. Negative PCR. We've done everything you asked, McGowan'

Jerrie Demasi, a Nine News reporter based in LA, tweeted: 'Heartbroken. I may now missed my sister's wedding. Triple vaxxed. Negative PCR. We've done everything you asked, McGowan'

Former Bachelorette Brooke Blurton, an Indigenous woman from Carnarvon, WA, who now lives in Melbourne, said the news was 'absolutely devastating'.

'Like many other families desperate to get into WA… we were really hoping for that Feb 5th date,' she wrote on Instagram.

'It's absolutely devastating to those who are desperate to get home.

'Moving to Melbourne was a career sacrifice but in times of need and spiritual healing, your country always calls you back.'

Former Bachelorette Brooke Blurton, an Indigenous woman from Carnarvon, WA, who now lives in Melbourne, said the news was 'absolutely devastating'

Former Bachelorette Brooke Blurton, an Indigenous woman from Carnarvon, WA, who now lives in Melbourne, said the news was 'absolutely devastating'

'Like many other families desperate to get into WA… we were really hoping for that Feb 5th date,' she wrote on Instagram. 'It's devastating to those who are desperate to get home'

'Like many other families desperate to get into WA… we were really hoping for that Feb 5th date,' she wrote on Instagram. 'It's devastating to those who are desperate to get home'

Blurton added on her Stories, 'I just want to go home'

Blurton added on her Stories, 'I just want to go home'

Love Island winner Tayla Damir, who is engaged to three-time AFL premiership player Nathan Broad, shared a photo on Instagram of herself crying over the decision.

'This is the reality of the last year. Constant heartbreak. I truly wonder how you sleep at night, Mark McGowan,' wrote the Perth native, who now lives in Melbourne.

She added: 'There has been two years for him to put a plan in place to make sure Perth was ready when borders opened.

'He has had nothing to distract him from that in the last two years. He hasn't had to fight the virus like every other premier has.

'He has instead chosen to sit around enjoying Perth with a border up and not once do something productive to get Perth's healthcare system ready to open.'

Love Island winner Tayla Damir, who is engaged to three-time AFL premiership player Nathan Broad, shared this photo on Instagram of herself crying over the decision

Love Island winner Tayla Damir, who is engaged to three-time AFL premiership player Nathan Broad, shared this photo on Instagram of herself crying over the decision

The WAG also accused Mr McGowan of failing to adequately prepare the state for Covid cases

The WAG also accused Mr McGowan of failing to adequately prepare the state for Covid cases

Former Bachelor star Irena Srbinovska, who works as a nurse in Western Australia, said the border backflip had left her 'broken'.

'My heart and soul just can't handle this latest setback from seeing my family back home [in Melbourne],' she said.

'I have been struggling being away from my loved ones and I was so optimistic but once again Mark McGowan has broken his promise.' 

Former Bachelor star Irena Srbinovska (pictured with boyfriend Locky Gilbert), who works as a nurse in Western Australia, said the border backflip had left her 'broken'

'My heart and soul just can't handle this latest setback from seeing my family back home [in Melbourne],' she said

Former Bachelor star Irena Srbinovska (left, with boyfriend Locky Gilbert), who works as a nurse in Western Australia, said the border backflip had left her 'broken'

Mr McGowan announced late on Thursday that WA's borders would remain closed indefinitely because opening up would be 'reckless', instead bringing a series of huge changes to entry rules.

The February 5 reopening date has been scrapped because of raising Omicron cases and low booster rates in WA, and no alternative date has been given.

He said while the hard border would remain in place the exemption criteria for arrivals would be expanded - especially for compassionate visits.  

'It would be reckless and irresponsible to open up now. I can't do it,' he said at an emergency press conference on Thursday night, adding he knew the decision would be unpopular with many. 

The state leader said he wanted to see more children vaccinated and more of the population eligible before he 'introduces Omicron deliberately' to Western Australia. 

Here's a complete guide to what WA's amended reopening plan means for you and when, if ever, you can travel west.

Premier Mark McGowan (pictured) has announced his border reopening plan which was due to finally open Western Australia to the rest of Australia and the world will be delayed

Premier Mark McGowan (pictured) has announced his border reopening plan which was due to finally open Western Australia to the rest of Australia and the world will be delayed

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