Abbie Chatfield Calls Out Reality TV Boxing Matches: ‘What’s Going On’
Abbie Chatfield spoke about celebrity boxing matches and wondered why so many Australian reality TV stars take part in them.
It has become a growing trend in recent years for reality show contestants to face off in a boxing match, with Married at first sight stars Brent Vitiello and Daniel Holmes headline an event in Melbourne this weekend.
Taking to her Instagram Story on Friday night, the radio host asked her followers to explain the phenomenon and suggested there might be an underlying reason.
“I’m completely serious right now,” she began.
“I need someone to explain to me the reason behind the switch from reality TV man to ‘celebrity’ boxing match. What’s the deal there? What’s going on ?”
Abbie went on to point out that reality TV stars seem to be the only people in Australia’s entertainment industry to take part in the sport.
“How come they’re the only public figures doing this?” she asked, repeating the term “public figures” to add aerial quotes.
“There are no DJs who do it or musicians who do it. Like, they’re just reality TV people. Why? Is it MLM (multi-level marketing)? Do they recruit each other? What is that?”
In a follow-up post, Abbie shared a screenshot of a message she received from a follower asking about her own career trajectory.
“People [are] not getting the joke/real question,” she said.
“‘Didn’t you go from reality TV to I’m a celebrity…Get me out of here!’. Yes, the reality TV to reality TV pipeline is pretty clear. You do reality TV.
“It’s like saying to someone, ‘Uh, you worked at Ray White and now you work at LJ Hooker, like, what the fuck?’ Yeah, it is. what I work in. I wonder how they get to boxing, that’s my question.
‘Test of masculinity’
Abbie’s comments come shortly after MAFS Star Jackson Lonie, who is also due to compete in this weekend’s Team Ellis celebrity boxing event, spoke to Yahoo Lifestyle why he decided to sign up for the game.
“Boxing is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time because when you step into that ring it’s just you and your opponent. There’s no one else to save you, it’s literally just you two,” he said.
“I don’t know how to say this, but it’s also a test of your manhood – or your femininity if a woman is involved as well. It’s a big thing and like I said, there’s no one to save you, there’s no safety net. It’s just how far you’re willing to push yourself.
Jackson will also donate its share of ticket sales from the event to Coast Shelter, a community housing operator providing shelter to people who are homeless or victims of domestic and family violence on the Central Coast.
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