Peter FitzSimons is being called a hypocrite for starring in an Uber Eats commercial. Forget Karl Stefanovic. Is this the new Ubergate?
FitzSimons has made a career out of being outspoken, which means it can be easy to point out when there’s a double standard in what he says and does.
FitzSimons has been critical that Australia’s British Open champion Cameron Smith has signed a deal with the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV golf tour for a rumoured amount of around $US100 million.
In response, FitzSimons reposted an old article he’d written where he was critical of the Saudi Arabian government’s use of the LIV tour and the players that aligned themselves with them. FitzSimons went as far as to call it “Blood Money!”
However, he opened up a can of worms because Melbourne Storm Christian Welch, who’s also an MBA student, responded to the article on Twitter and wrote: “The same money funding LIV invested in Uber, Boeing & Starbucks. Are you complicit when you get a ride home or a cappuccino? How far does it go? I don’t recall the same outrage at those companies, but dare a golfer to accept the cash on offer.
“Just trying to illustrate my point here.. it’s okay for you to profit (albeit indirectly) from the Saudi investment fund but not a golfer?”
Same money funding LIV invested in Uber, Boeing & Starbucks. Are you complicit when you get a ride home or a cappuccino? How far does it go? I don’t recall the same outrage at those companies, but dare a golfer accept the cash on offer
— Christian Welch (@clwelch94) August 31, 2022
Ouch, FitzSimons didn’t respond, but perhaps it’s a reminder that if you want to come out swinging against something, you better not have any skeletons in your closet.