Ruby Rose claps back at Steve Price in Covid lockdown spat


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Images: Ruby Rose/Instagram, Network 10

Ruby Rose has slammed TV and radio guy Steve Price for “mean” comments after he accused her of “flaunting her freedom” abroad as Australians endure lockdowns.

Ruby (above left) and fellow Aussie star Natalie Bassingthwaighte shared a night out in New York together on Saturday. Natalie later posted snaps and clips to her Instagram.

Natalie is in New York preparing for the Australian production of Broadway musical Jagged Little Pill, inspired by the music of Alanis Morrissette.

The performer shared a video to Instagram of herself and Ruby Rose cheering on a New York street.

But The Project co-host Steve Price (above right) noticed Natalie’s post, commenting, “Don’t you hate it when privileged Aussies flaunt their freedom while ordinary people are locked up losing their livelihoods and mental health.

“Sad lack of compassion.”

Ruby Rose responds to ‘mean’ lockdown comment

Ruby, who has been living in the US for nearly a decade, saw Steve’s response and wasn’t having it.

“This is such an awful, horrible mean thing to write on someone’s page,” Ruby wrote.

“I think if you step back out of your obvious and understandable frustration, you will see both myself and Natalie care very much about mental health.

“I live in the States and have for almost a decade, I haven’t been home in years and I miss my family deeply.

“Natalie, the kind and extremely compassionate person in this video is working. And soon, she can take back what she has been working on here for the Australian audiences.

“Broadway JUST opened up again two weeks ago here. People cried and celebrated everywhere, including the media.

“We need the arts, it’s imperative for people and their mental health. It creates jobs and will be something that brings a lot of joy for Aussie audiences.”

Ruby said that while she “understands” Price’s anger, she said his comments towards Natalie were “out of line”.

“I am so sorry you have lost loved ones as many of us have during this time,” she wrote.

“However, I think you will find Natalie not accepting this opportunity and staying at home not making an income doesn’t solve anything?

“Her kids are almost at an age where they can read these comments and for that alone, I’d say you don’t give a damn about mental health or compassion, or you wouldn’t be calling people names in the comments sections. Really odd.”

Ruby Rose went on to reveal share she was responding in honour of a friend they “lost and miss”.

“Steve Price, I do not wish to argue with you or upset you,” she wrote.

“I do wish you nothing but the best during these really challenging, soul-testing times.”

New South Wales lockdown ends after 15 weeks

Overnight (October 11), Sydney reopened from lockdown after 15 weeks of stay-at-home orders.

The state hit a target of 70 per cent double vaccination last week. From today stores are now allowed to reopen to the fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Victoria’s lockdown will also likely ease at the end of this month.

October 26 is the date Victorian authorities expect the state to meet the milestone of 70 per cent fully vaccinated.

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

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