Fans rally around Jesinta Franklin after her Cleo Smith 'disparity' comments

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    Fans have come out in support of Jesinta Franklin after she said the Cleo Smith case wouldn’t have generated the same amount of attention if she were Indigenous.

    Supporters flooded the 30-year-old model’s Instagram account with praise after she deleted her original post following backlash.

    ‘Thank you for speaking up for Indigenous children. Sorry you were pressured into deleting the post, you said nothing wrong,’ one fan commented.

    Fans have come out in support of Jesinta Franklin after she said the Cleo Smith missing persons case wouldn't have generated the same amount of attention if she were Indigenous. Pictured with her daughter Tullulah

    Fans have come out in support of Jesinta Franklin after she said the Cleo Smith missing persons case wouldn’t have generated the same amount of attention if she were Indigenous. Pictured with her daughter Tullulah

    ‘I support what you said! Indigenous children and children of colour are so overlooked,’ added another. 

    ‘Of course Cleo deserves the effort that went into the search but ALL children deserve that! Western culture has a horrible history of sensationalising white missing children.’ 

    A third said her post was ‘100 per cent correct’, while several others said she was ‘SPOT ON’ with her assessment.

    Supporters flooded the 30-year-old model's Instagram page with praise after she deleted the controversial post amid backlash. Pictured: Cleo Smith

    Supporters flooded the 30-year-old model’s Instagram page with praise after she deleted the controversial post amid backlash. Pictured: Cleo Smith

    ‘I’m really sorry you deleted your comment about Cleo. Yes, your timing was off but you were absolutely spot on,’ commented one fan.

    ‘We need to highlight this as an example of injustices within Indigenous communities.’ 

    It comes after Jesinta faced backlash after comparing Cleo’s case to missing Indigenous children, with many criticising the timing of her post. 

    'Thank you for speaking up for Indigenous children. Sorry you were pressured into deleting the post, you said nothing wrong,' commented one fan

    ‘Thank you for speaking up for Indigenous children. Sorry you were pressured into deleting the post, you said nothing wrong,’ commented one fan

    ‘Wrong time to bring this up,’ wrote one critic, while a second slammed her post as being ‘utterly insensitive’.

    ‘I’d agree with her if she made concerted efforts to bring this to light consistently prior to this incident, piggy backing is just making it about her!’ wrote another.

    One accused Jesinta of ‘turn[ing] the good-news story of the year into issue of race’.

    'Indigenous children and children of colour are so overlooked,' another supporter said

    ‘Indigenous children and children of colour are so overlooked,’ another supporter said

    In a since-deleted post on Instagram Stories on Wednesday, Jesinta spoke about the disappearance and subsequent discovery of Cleo, four, insisting the case wouldn’t have received the same coverage if she’d been an Aboriginal child.

    The former Miss Universe Australia, who is married to Indigenous AFL superstar Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin, pointed out the ‘disparity’ between missing white children and Indigenous children. 

    ‘Without taking away from the joy of finding a missing child alive and well, I can’t help but think about the disparity that exists in this country between missing children who are White and Indigenous children when it comes to the visibility and coverage of the case,’ she wrote. 

    Weighing in: In a since-deleted post on Instagram Stories on Wednesday, Jesinta spoke about the disappearance and subsequent discovery of Cleo, four, insisting the case wouldn't have received the same coverage if she'd been an Indigenous child

    Weighing in: In a since-deleted post on Instagram Stories on Wednesday, Jesinta spoke about the disappearance and subsequent discovery of Cleo, four, insisting the case wouldn’t have received the same coverage if she’d been an Indigenous child

    ‘I have read so many heartbreaking stories of missing Indigenous children that garner hardly any media coverage or the social media coverage that a case like Cleo’s did.

    ‘I have no doubt the widespread broadcasting of information in regards to the case assisted the phenomenal efforts of the WA police force in locating this beautiful little girl and reuniting her with her family.’ 

    She added: ‘Posting this because I think we need to do better for all children who go missing and their families.’

    At a disadvantage: The former Miss Universe Australia, who is married to Indigenous AFL star Buddy Franklin, noted the 'disparity' between missing white children and Indigenous children

    At a disadvantage: The former Miss Universe Australia, who is married to Indigenous AFL star Buddy Franklin, noted the ‘disparity’ between missing white children and Indigenous children

    'I have read so many heartbreaking stories of missing Indigenous children that garner hardly any media coverage or the social media coverage that a case like Cleo's did,' wrote Jesinta

    ‘I have read so many heartbreaking stories of missing Indigenous children that garner hardly any media coverage or the social media coverage that a case like Cleo’s did,’ wrote Jesinta

    Jesinta is a mum to daughter Tullulah, 20 months, and son Rocky, seven months, who she shares with her husband of five years, Buddy, 34. 

    Indigenous people account for 17.5 per cent of all unsolved missing persons cases in Western Australia, despite making up just three per cent of the local population. 

    In August 2019, the families of 15 missing Aboriginal children united for a state-wide rally in NSW to raise awareness for Indigenous cases. 

    Family: Jesinta is a mum to daughter Tullulah, 20 months, and son Rocky, seven months, who she shares with her husband of five years, Indigenous AFL star Lance 'Buddy' Franklin (pictured)

    Family: Jesinta is a mum to daughter Tullulah, 20 months, and son Rocky, seven months, who she shares with her husband of five years, Indigenous AFL star Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin (pictured)

    Cleo disappeared on October 16 and was found alive at 12.46am on Wednesday when police stormed a public housing home after a sudden tip off with a ‘needle in haystack’ clue.

    Police feared the missing girl could have been spirited away anywhere in the country – but instead she was under their noses all along in a rundown house just 3km from her home and 75km from the campsite.

    ‘What’s your name?’ officers asked as they scooped her up into their arms. ‘My name is Cleo,’ she replied.

    Found: Cleo disappeared on October 16 and was found alive at 12.46am on Wednesday when police stormed a public housing home after a sudden tip off with a 'needle in haystack' clue

    Found: Cleo disappeared on October 16 and was found alive at 12.46am on Wednesday when police stormed a public housing home after a sudden tip off with a ‘needle in haystack’ clue

    That rundown house on Tonkin Crescent in Brockman, in the northern suburbs of Carnarvon in northwest Western Australia, is just kilometres from where she lived in South Carnarvon.

    Cleo was likely already locked up in the house when her mother Ellie Smith and stepfather Jake Gliddon awoke at 6am to find she was no longer lying next to them and her baby sister Isla in their tent at Blowholes camping grounds.

    Terence Darrell Kelly has been charged with a range of offences including forcibly taking a child under 16.

    'Posting this because I think we need to do better for all children who go missing and their families,' concluded Jesinta

    ‘Posting this because I think we need to do better for all children who go missing and their families,’ concluded Jesinta

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