Australia Day 2023: TikTok influencer Fidan Shevket targeted by Invasion Day trolls
A divorce lawyer and prominent TikToker has been targeted by vicious trolls just for telling her 131,000 followers about a restaurant’s Australia Day deal.
Fidan Shevket – who posts as Fidan_tok – recorded a paid restaurant review on the social media platform and revealed its free prawn cocktail deal for Australia Day.
She says in the video: ‘This Australia Day, January 26, if you book a table at Kickin’ Inn restaurants, any of them, you will get a free shrimp martini on the house.
‘I have to inform you of that as that’s part of the collab-thing – full disclosure.’
Thirty seconds later in the video, she shows the starter and adds: ‘This is the shrimp martini. Look at the size of this f***ing thing!
‘You get one of these for free if you book for Australia Day, okay?’
But that was the trigger for a brutal hate campaign where she was branded a racist and personally attacked, and her law firm targeted with hateful one-star reviews.
Fidan Shevket (pictured) – who posts as Fidan_tok – recorded a paid restaurant review on the social media platform and revealed its free prawn cocktail deal for Australia Day
‘I am not a racist and my casual comments have been taken out of context,’ the Sydney mother of twins told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday.
‘I have definitely been misquoted and misunderstood. I didn’t even say Happy Australia Day!
But just the mention of Australia Day and promoting the free deal at the Crows Nest Kickin’ Inn cajun restaurant on Sydney’s north shore sparked a furious backlash.
‘You fat ignorant COWWWWW!!!! Get your ass back on Tiktok and APOLOGIZE! You w** looking s**t,’ one told her.
TikTok influencer and divorce lawyer Fidan Shevket (pictured) was savagely targeted by vicious trolls for telling her 131,000 followers about the restaurant’s Australia Day deal
She then recorded a second video to try to explain she was simply using the name of the holiday that’s on the calendar…but that fired up even more furore.
‘I didn’t come up with the day Australia Day, okay?’ she said in the now-deleted video. ‘It is Australia Day on the calendar. I didn’t make it up. That’s just what it’s called.
‘Now, it’s not called Invasion Day on the calendar. It’s called Australia Day. So I’m allowed to call it that.
‘Secondly, it’s a public holiday. I’m allowed to celebrate a public holiday. I’m all for the public holiday. I love my public holidays, and it’s a family day.
‘So I will spend the day with my family and have a good day.’
Her Fox and Staniland law firm was then targeted by the trolls with a rash of one star reviews on Google where the lawyer was again personally attacked.
Her Fox and Staniland law firm was then targeted by the trolls with a rash of one star reviews on Google where the lawyer was again personally attacked
‘The firm should not associate itself with racists and bigots. It will always reflect badly on the firm,’ said one.
‘Would not recommend going to this law firm and seeing an uneducated white supremacist lawyer who thrives off of her own privilege while working on indigenous land,’ another added.
‘Fidan celebrates genocide… how can you trust someone like that. Disgusting! blasted one, while another added: ‘Fidan is ignorant and arrogant. Do better.
A third video to further clarify the previous posts was also posted and later deleted after she told followers: ‘I’m still here, despite many people saying I should be cancelled, and they’re coming for me with pitchforks.
I’m still here. I maintain my right to express my opinion.
Fedan Shevket was branded a racist and trolls said she supported genocide for referencing Australia Day
She told Daily Mail Australia: ‘All I did was promote a free prawn cocktail on January 26 as a paid collaboration and said I like a public holiday and I’ll spend it with my family.
‘I don’t celebrate what the day means (I don’t wave an Aussie flag at the harbor or condone the slaughter of Aboriginal people) but January 26 is a public holiday. Everyone should celebrate, or NOT celebrate, the day in their own way.
‘Apparently that is racist and ignorant and disrespectful. I didn’t mean to offend anyone or insult anyone.
‘I will do another TikTok soon but didn’t want to do one today on a day that some people are mourning.’
She says she’s been consoled by the hundreds of messages of support she received in the wake of the bitter row, and plans another video to apologize to anyone who was offended.
‘That of course was never my intention,’ she added.