I stand with Erin.....'Aloai'

Wests Tigers’ Samoan international Josh Aloiai has come to the defence of Erin Molan after she copped a backlash from the NRL’s Pasifika community over comments deemed culturally insensitive.

After a conversation on 2GB about the pronunciation of names of NRL players, the Channel 9 host said “hooka looka mooka hooka fooka”.

At the time it was reported Molan claimed it was an inside joke between her and co-host Daryl Brohman, leading to further widespread condemnation.
Manly prop Martin Taupau said Molan’s comments would have had his grandfather “tossing in his grave with anger”.

His Sea Eagles teammate Addin Fonua-Blake slammed the remark, while John Hopoate lashed Molan in an Instagram post in which he incited violence against her.

Now, however, Aloiai has defended Molan.

“I’m not afraid of the backlash from Marty or Addin or any of the Pacific Island players who attacked Erin,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald. “They need to do their research and not act off bad and irresponsible reporting from the Daily Mail before they attack someone’s character.

I’m going to be very blunt: I’m angry and disappointed with what has been said about Erin in the Pacific Island community and she is owed an apology from everyone who has attacked her. It is disgusting and horrible what happened to Erin.”

Describing the reporting of the comments as “horribly uninformed”, Aloiai has said that he wanted to speak out in defence of Molan.

Tigers’ Josh Aloiai is tackled by Newcastle’s Connor Watson
Tigers’ Josh Aloiai is tackled by Newcastle’s Connor Watson
“I’m not being brave,” he added. “I’m following my convictions. I stand with Erin. She should not feel afraid to leave the house because of threats. She should not have to hide away at home with her daughter. She should not have to look over her shoulder. She does so much for the Pacific Island community, for its players. Things she does not seek credit or exposure for. Racist and Erin is not something that should be talked about [in the same sentence].

“Will people now say I am a racist because I’m defending her against some terrible reporting and horribly uninformed comment. I’ve played for Samoa. I’m half-Samoan and half-European. I want to play for New Zealand this year.

‘‘Do I know what racism looks like? Well, I know it doesn’t look like Erin Molan. When I told her I wanted to do an interview she didn’t want me to speak out because she was concerned for me. That’s the type of person she is.

‘‘I want my opinion and my voice to be heard. I think we are very lucky to live in unison in Australia. I honestly believe we have it good in this country. I love it here and will probably live my whole life here. And I would not be comfortable if I didn’t speak out when there was an injustice done against a good person. She deserves support and she deserves an apology from anyone who has treated her terribly.”

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What an inspiring and strong stance from Josh.

She’s a moron. Sorry.

@GNR4LIFE said in I stand with Erin.....'Aloai':

She’s a moron. Sorry.

More than one thing can be true at once.

Very impressive stance from Josh. Seems a quality human.

@GNR4LIFE said in I stand with Erin.....'Aloai':

She’s a moron. Sorry.

Yeah she is but that doesn’t justify the behaviour aimed toward her. Well done Josh.

Guess my NZ jokes are now racist or offend animal welfare groups. 😢 😢 😢

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Molan is not a great presenter and what she said was dumb, but as josh said she’s not a bad person and doesn’t deserve the death threats and abuse. Good on him for speaking his mind

Good on you Josh! He is right, the report was all out of context (no surprise there) and honestly some of these guys are just being a bit precious aren’t they? And that idiot Hopoate threatening violence…like really? This from the serial bum poker, grow up you fool!

In any case, how many times have we heard those dribblers Johns & Fittler jokingly carry on about some of the names of players, but they never get criticised or branded racist over their inane comments. We never hear squat about it. Seriously, the whole thing is just a mountain made out of a molehill because of the current climate we’re all living in.

@TheDaBoss said in I stand with Erin.....'Aloai':

His Sea Eagles teammate Addin Fonua-Blake slammed the remark,

Fonua-Blake - that arbiter of what constitutes ethical speech. What a hypocrite !

And John Hopoate - words fail me.

Fonua Blake is such a horrible person and he has a go at Molan about a joke. Seriously what a dumbass

Threatening a woman and making her feel like she can’t go out of the house is horrible.

Certainly not needed to point out the idiocy of her comment.

Great stand from Josh.

Josh is fast becoming my favourite WT player…Love his attitude off the field and the aggressive change on the field.

She is a moron but I’m not going to tell Josh that. He is an awesome player and always comes across as a good person.

The thing about racists, is they’ll never cop to being racist.

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