James Courtney is facing backlash after posting a picture next to his scantily-clad girlfriend, Tegan Woodford. The photo was posted to his Instagram on Tuesday and has since revved up a lot of heat for its racy content.
In the photo, Tegan was dressed in all-black lingerie and was sitting at the edge of the counter while James baked. Her outfit was certainly scandalous, showing off much of her sexy body. While the lace lingerie went down to the floor, it was fairly see-through and did not do much to cover up her skin.
James Courtney was in the background of the picture baking. Several baking tools were dispersed around the kitchen table and it seemed he was hard at work. He captioned the photo: “Could you at least pass me a spoon babe?”
The Instagram post seemed innocent enough but the Australian racing driver found himself at the center of controversy. Dozens of commenters began posting about how inappropriate the picture was, many complaining that kids have access to his account and look to him as a role model.
“I find this offensive and personally attention-seeking from your girlfriend,” Instagram user Honeymme wrote below the photo. “I have been following you along with my brothers for years now while you were racing, and you seem to be going in a different direction these days. Time to unfollow methinks.”
Another use echoed the sentiment, claiming the post was “borderline soft porn.” That user then unfollowed the Australian driver. Dozens of commenters jumped on board, claiming the post was too inappropriate and seemed “distasteful.”
One user even took shots at Tegan Woodford, saying “Yeah I get it – but come on! Why do some women feel the need to resort to this kind of behavior?!?! Yeah, you have big b–bs and probably a few mls of Botox but you don’t have to cheapen yourself to get Insta attention.”
While many were adamant that James Courtney take the post down, some of his followers were quick to defend him and his girlfriend. “Why would this be offensive to anyone other than a severely insecure person,” one person wrote in the comment section. “@jcourtney and his girl won the internet with this.”
Another fan wrote that “I think that’s a great photo of you two and see nothing in the comment except for humor, people these days seem to go out of their way to fu d offended in things, my thoughts are, get a life! And if you do t like something or you misconstrue a comment the just move on mate! All the best You two cheers.”
The Supercars star tried to make amends with the angry commenters with funny remarks like “stop hating, start baking” but it seemed to have no effect. People were mad. He then tried to smooth things over again in a subsequent apology, writing on a now-expired Instagram story that “I’m sorry if my post yesterday upset a few people, I thought it was funny and would make people laugh in these tough [Covid-19] times.”
He added that “the world is already full of so much hate. We don’t need to add to the already out of control cyberbullying epidemic.” The apology post is no longer on his account, though fans have stepped up, commenting on his latest post and telling him that they forgave him. Others told him he had no need to apologize.
In another post-backlash Instagram story, both James Courtney and Tegan Woodford posed for another picture, this time they swapped positions. In the new photo, James posed like Tegan with his legs crossed. He was holding a cupcake. The photo was posted on Tegan’s Instagram and she captioned it with the hashtag, “StopHatingStartBaking.”
The Supercars star also let everyone know “the cupcakes were fantastic.”