Australian Opals basketball player and aspiring Instagram star Alice Kunek has auditioned to be the new face of the AFL Footy Show by posting a picture of herself on the Internet in blackface.
Kunek’s audition has been decried as offensive and racist by many who’ve seen it, however Footy Show star Sam Newman has called it, “just a bit of harmless fun.”
In light of Gary Lyon leaving the show to deal with mental health issues, The Footy Show is in need of a host. While the all-male panel was tipped to stay all male, Kunek’s last minute application has been warmly received.
A Footy Show representative spoke to The (un)Australian about Kunek’s chances, saying: “Look normally we wouldn’t even consider having a woman on the panel, but this girl’s different, she has amazing comic timing and a great sense of humour.
“Also, there’s less chance of her going after one of the panellists wives.”
The Footy Show comes back to TV later in the year. If unsuccessful, Kunek is tipped to appear later in the year on Dancing With The Stars where she will provide her own costumes.