Cher apologises to fan for Mardi Gras selfie with Turnbull

Social media users have slammed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull after his selfie with US singer Cher at Sydney's Mardi Gras.

Cher has apologised to a fan after social media backlash over her photo with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at Sydney's Mardi Gras on Saturday night.

Cher stole the headlines as the iconic singer made an appearance in Sydney for Mardi Gras's 40th anniversary on Saturday night and the first since same-sex marriage was legalised in Australia.

But an innocent selfie with Mr Turnbull, who was attending the event with wife Lucy and New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian, caused a storm on social media.

Disgruntled social media users hit back at Mr Turnbull following the selfie, claiming the "harmful" same-sex marriage postal survey placed unwanted pressure on the LGBTQI+ community.

Cher claimed on Twitter her interaction with Mr Turnbull was "compassionate" and he was "proud of everyone at the parade", but ended up apologising to a fan.

The LGBTIQ community's night of nights dazzled about 300,000 spectators on Sydney's famous Oxford Street with pop superstar Cher making an appearance for the 40th Mardi Gras parade.

Confetti, glitter and rainbow flags lined Oxford Street for Saturday's parade, the first since same-sex marriage was legalised in Australia.

In November 2017, nearly 62 per cent of Australian voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a voluntary postal survey that cost $122 million.

Legislation passed parliament on 7 December and same-sex marriage ceremonies took place across the country from 9 January.

Published 6 March 2018 at 7:33am, updated 6 March 2018 at 11:00am
By Riley Morgan