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Proud indigenous Australian hits back at vicious trolls who criticised her Aboriginal flag tattoo

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A Pilates instructor who’s proud of her indigenous ancestry has blown up on TikTok at followers who questioned her Aboriginal heritage.

Lily Hodgson, 23, who posts under the account Thrlils, recently got a tattoo of the Aboriginal flag on her arm, prompting some social media users to dispute her racial identity.

One commenter said: ‘You are white! Stop pretending like you understand the struggle that a real Aboriginal has been through, quite insulting.’

But the proud Wiradjuri woman hit back at trolls, calling them ‘rude, uneducated, ignorant and racist’ – and said being Aboriginal has nothing to do with skin colour.

Lily Hodgson, 23, (pictured) who posts under the account Thrlils on TikTok recently got a tattoo of the Aboriginal flag on her arm, prompting some social media users to dispute her racial identity

Lily Hodgson, 23, (pictured) who posts under the account Thrlils on TikTok recently got a tattoo of the Aboriginal flag on her arm, prompting some social media users to dispute her racial identity

The TikTok star from the New South Wales Central Coast told Daily Mail Australia she felt the need to speak out after copping a ‘magnitude of bigotry’ on the platform. 

‘It’s tiring that others feel the need to pressure me to explain myself or any other indigenous individual,’ Ms Hodgson said. 

In a video posted on social media, she told her critics: ‘You don’t know that my father was part of the stolen generations and you don’t know that my aunts and uncles were beaten and raped.’

‘Being Aboriginal has nothing to do with my skin colour. I have 60,000 years of blood within me.’

Her aunt Elizabeth Hodgson is an acclaimed author who wrote Skin Painting – a memoir which examines the struggles of Indigenous Australians.

The book reflects on the stolen generations, a period between 1905 to 1967 when a number of Aboriginal children were removed from their families by church missions on the orders of the Australian government.

‘The stolen generation was basically to bleed the Aboriginal blood out of society so there could be a supreme white Australia,’ Ms Hodgson said in one of her TikTok clips.

‘Hence the reason why I don’t have beautiful dark hair, dark eyes or seriously dark skin… because they tried to bleed us out.’ 

Ms Hodgson, who identifies as a proud Wiradjuri woman, is pictured in indigenous tribal paint

Ms Hodgson, who identifies as a proud Wiradjuri woman, is pictured in indigenous tribal paint

Ms Hodgson (pictured) instructor blew up at fans who questioned her Aboriginal heritage in a TikTok video

Ms Hodgson (pictured) called trolls 'rude, uneducated, ignorant and racist'

Ms Hodgson (pictured) blew up at fans who questioned her Aboriginal heritage in a TikTok video calling them ‘rude, uneducated, ignorant and racist’

A flood of TikTok users had repeatedly pestered the content creator with requests to show photographs of family members with dark skin.

Although Ms Hodgson said she feels in no way obligated to ‘prove her identity to ‘a bunch of people on the internet’, she eventually showed followers a photo of her indigenous father.

‘It’s tiring how people, who have absolutely nothing to do with Aboriginal culture think that they can dictate and gate-keep race to people like myself,’ she said.  

The outspoken activist created controversy in a previous video where she appeared to say that Europeans have ‘no culture’.

She later clarified the comments in another clip saying her mother’s side of the family, who are non-indigenous, do not have any ‘cultural connection’ to Europe.

A flood of TikTok users had repeatedly pestered the content creator (pictured) with requests of photos to show family members with dark skin

A flood of TikTok users had repeatedly pestered the content creator (pictured) with requests of photos to show family members with dark skin

Ms Hodgson works as a Pilates instructor and lives on the Central Coast of New South Wales

Ms Hodgson works as a Pilates instructor and lives on the Central Coast of New South Wales

‘People are thinking I’m saying Europeans have no culture. I am not saying that,’ she said.

‘I understand that in genealogy they have English, Irish, Scottish or whatever and that’s fine, but my family do not celebrate anything like that.

‘Her (ancestor’s) family were sent to Australia on a boat to work in service.’

Ms Hodgson said it’s important for Australians to look beyond appearance when it comes to Aboriginality and be more respectful about cultural identity.

‘If somebody tells you that they are Aboriginal and they don’t fit whenever your idea of what an Aboriginal person is supposed to be… it is not an invitation to pic that person’s life apart,’ she said.

The TikTok star (pictured) caused controversy when she appeared to say Europeans have 'no culture'

Ms Hodgson later walked back the comments

The TikTok star (pictured) caused controversy when she appeared to say Europeans have ‘no culture’, but she later walked back the comments

This post was first published on DailyMail.

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