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Former Miss Australia Has A Powerful Message For Adam Goodes

"Because of his courage and passion he is creating a better future for not only my children but all Indigenous children."

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TV personality and model Jesinta Campbell has spoken powerfully in support of her fiancé Buddy Franklin's teammate Adam Goodes, thanking the Swans star for creating a better world for her future children.

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In a segment on the Today show on Friday morning, Campbell also called out the booing of the AFL star as "racist" and "bullying", and said "it needs to stop."

Look, booing is a public form of bullying. And Adam has come out and said it is affecting him so everyone needs to stop. If you continue to boo him you are bullying him. It's affecting his welfare, it's affecting his family and his friends and it needs to stop.Is it racist? Yes I think it is, and anyone who has never experienced racial vilification, racism is just a word to them but for people who have experienced it, racism is a feeling and it is a horrible feeling from what I have seen.Now I have to personally thank Adam Goodes, because my future children are going to be Indigenous and because of his courage and his passion he is creating a better future for not only my children, but all Indigenous children and for that I have to say Adam you are a champion on the field, off the field, and I will stand by you.
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Campbell is the latest high-profile Australian to come out in defence of Goodes, who has been at the centre of a raging controversy about whether booing the player on the field is related to his racial background or the way he plays.

23-year-old Campbell, who got engaged to Franklin in December, has spoken before about how her children will have Aboriginal heritage through Franklin's mother Urshula.

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"The reality is my children are going to be indigenous and we need to bring them up to have an appreciation of all cultures and the history and where it is that they come from and the adversity their culture has been through," she told The Daily Mail in April.

Campbell's strong message to Goodes is being praised on social media.

@JesintaCampbell perfect words this morning, as a mum of indigenous sons-cousins of buddy's- you nailed it. #IStandWithAdam

@JesintaCampbell you brought tears to my eyes. As an Indigenous mother of 3 sons i want to thank you for giving us a voice. #ISupportGoodes

@JesintaCampbell @TheTodayShow I stand with @adamroy37.I'm a proud Koori woman,and what you said had me tearing up and so proud #AdamGoodes

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Buddy Franklin hasn't commented publicly over the latest incident, but described the racism targeted at Goodes last year as "devastating".

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"It's obviously very sad what's happened with Goodesy over the past couple of years," Franklin said in May last year.

"It's pretty devastating for family and friends and all the boys to see that still happening. But I think what the AFL and all the AFL clubs are doing are recognising what we can do and helping the community out."

As the debate drags into another day, AFL captains have issued a statement calling on crowds to stop booing and jeering all players, and celebrate diversity instead.

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"Enough is enough," the statement reads.

"Enjoy the game, celebrate the success. But don’t boo, jeer or taunt players because of who they are or what they stand for.

We’re all human. We’re all in this together. And together we can make a difference."

The captains have come together to urge AFL crowds to "join us in putting a stop to offensive behaviour. Be the voice that makes a positive impact. Stand with us to ensure our game remains great for everyone.”

There'll be many people hoping that the latest plea from the AFL is enough to bring some joy back into the game and get Goodesy out on the field once again.

Alexandra Lee is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Contact Alex Lee at alexandra.lee@buzzfeed.com.

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