One month after leaving his role on Home and Away, Harley Bonner lambasted cancel culture in an emotional Instagram outburst.
The serial star resorted to social media to call cancel culture “the lamest of the lame,” referring to the tendency of ostracising people or companies who are insulting.
“Why would you waste time wishing someone didn’t exist just because they said something that made you feel a certain way?” Because you’ve been ‘offended.’ “What then?” he began his message.
“How come being insulted has become the most unacceptably unpleasant experience?” Asking yourself why it was possible for it to upset you in the first place might be a better use of time.
“Take command of your dreadful situation. It’s the laziest s—t ever to wish the stimulus away instead of dealing with your own mental issues.”
The 30-year-old went on to say that the world should “screw its stupid head back on.”
While Harley didn’t say what motivated him to speak out against cancel culture, the outburst appears to have started after he left Home and Away, with stories claiming he refused to get vaccinated against COVID.
On January 11, the actor, who is the son of Neighbours actress Carla Bonner, revealed his departure from the show, stating on Instagram: “Thank you for everything, and I wish you all the best. I’m overjoyed. It’s a good life. Continue to show kindness.”
Given that more seemed to be in store for Harley’s character Logan, who only joined the show in August of 2021, his exit from the soap in early January came as a shock.
He’d recently started dating Emily Weir’s character Mackenzie Booth, and teaser teasers for the following season revealed that a mysterious stranger known to Logan would be joining the show.
The role of Logan, on the other hand, is unlikely to be recast.
Since Seven West Media mandated COVID vaccinations for cast and staff, Harley is the second individual to depart the show, following Sam Frost.
Last October, Director of Production Andrew Backwell sent out an email stating that the network will “only engage fully vaccinated presenters, cast, and crew.”