Restaurant's cheeky act sees Israel Folau donate to LGBTQ charity

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter

A vegan cafe has ironically thanked and called out Israel Folau after claiming the former Wallabies star dined at their restaurant with the proceeds donated to the Rainbow Youth.

Dumped by Rugby Australia after claiming homosexuals would go to hell, RA and Folau failed to reach a settlement in June over the full-back's sacking and an unfair dismissal case began in court in August.

The former Waratahs back had been previously warned over his online posts in 2018.

But Gorilla Kitchen, an Auckland based-cafe, posted on social media thanking the controversial rugby union star for his visit.

A vegan-based cafe has thanked Israel Folau after claiming he attended their cafe, which donates some of its proceeds to Rainbow Youth. (Getty Images)

The cafe’s social media account thanked Folau for his support with a tongue-in-cheek post saying the money he spent would be donated to a diversity charity.

"We don't turn anyone away at Gorilla Kitchen, because we love everyone, not just animals," the caption reads.

"So when Israel and Maria came in again a couple of weeks ago we happily served them, hydrated them and fed them. 

"What they didn't realise was their money spent at Gorilla Kitchen was going to be donated to Rainbow Youth, an organisation that embraces diversity and offers support for our young and vulnerable rainbow community.

"Glad to see they are not #notashamed for supporting such a great cause."

PM slams Folau’s comments

Scott Morrison has blasted Folau’s "appallingly insensitive" comments on the bushfires, while Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese called the sacked Wallabies star "reprehensible".

Folau claimed the bushfires crippling Australia were God's punishment for legalising abortion and same-sex marriage.

Folau doubled down in a video sermon posted to the Truth of Jesus Christ Church Sydney.

The prime minister is also a practising Christian but stressed Folau's comments were not representative of his community.

"The thoughts and prayers, let me stress, from Christians, are very much with those who are suffering under the terrible burden of fire," Mr Morrison told reporters in Adelaide on Monday.

"I thought these were appallingly insensitive comments.

"If people don't have something sensible and helpful to say, can you just keep it to yourself."