Restaurant Donates Israel Folau's Dinner Bill To LGBT Charity
It's no secret that former Wallaby Israel Folau isn't a big fan of the LGBT community.
He lost his rugby union career over an Instagram post that was dubbed homophobic and he recently equated the extreme weather conditions plaguing Australia with the legalisation of same-sex marriage and abortion.
This opinion certainly hasn't done him any favours with large numbers of people - both inside and outside Australia.
But staff at one restaurant in New Zealand decided that they wanted to do something with the rugby star's bill after he and his wife dined there recently.
Vegan eatery Gorilla Kitchen in Auckland acknowledged that it would never turn someone away because of their beliefs.
Instead of giving Folau a piece of their mind, staff chose to donate the money from his dinner to Rainbow Youth, a charity that provides 'education, information, support and advocacy for LGBTIQ youth in New Zealand'.
The restaurant wrote on Facebook: "We are proud to say that Israel Folau and his wife Maria Folau have inadvertently shown their support to Rainbow Youth.
"We don't turn anyone away at Gorilla Kitchen, because we love everyone, not just animals.
"So when Israel and Maria came in again a couple of weeks ago we happily served them, hydrated them and fed them.
"What they didn't realise was their money spent at Gorilla Kitchen was going to be donated to Rainbow Youth, an organisation that embraces diversity and offers support for our young and vulnerable rainbow community."
The post has been liked by hundreds of people - well, it's certainly one way to get the Folau family to support the LGBTQIA+ community.
Folau's comments linking the bushfires and drought with same-sex marriage and abortion were widely criticised by many across Australia.
Even Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who abstained from voting in the same-sex marriage bill, thought it showed a stupid lack of empathy on a devastating situation.
Earlier this week, Mr Morrison said: "The thoughts and prayers, let me stress, from Christians are very much with those who are suffering under the terrible burden of fire.
"I thought these were appallingly insensitive comments. If people don't have something sensible and helpful to say, can you just keep it to yourself."
While it's doubtful that the Folau family will speak out on the Gorilla Kitchen donation, it would be interesting to see what they think about it.
Featured Image Credit: Israel Folau/Instagram