Thousands protest controversial Everest light show on Sydney Opera House

Thousands protest controversial Everest light show on Sydney Opera House

Comedy crew The Chaser have out-Jonesed Alan Jones by projecting his phone number onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

More than 265,000 people have signed a petition protesting the use of the Opera House to promote the event.

The protest follows Racing NSW's decision earlier in the day to cancel its live barrier draw for Saturday's $13 million race, citing security risks amid ongoing public outrage.

The movement is part of the backlash following NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian agreeing to let Everest project the ad.

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"I used some words in these programs about the Everest, and the Opera House, and Louise, which in hindsight I now most regret hearing, having heard the impact they've clearly had on some people", said Jones.

The results of the barrier draw will still be beamed onto the sails, but the draw has already taken place.

"I encourage the input and say people protest for governments to listen - and we do that - but I also say people on all sides of the argument should be respectful".

The apology comes as the Change-org petition pushing support for Herron and for the Opera House to remain "billboard free" now has more than 235,000 signatures and was delivered to NSW state parliament this morning.

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Political manipulator Jones, whose superpower is to be able to wrap gutless Liberal Party politicians around his little orifice, is behind the verbal bullying of Opera House CEO Louise Herron.

At the same time in Melbourne, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews's Facebook account trolled the advertisement, and Sydney itself, with one smug post that said: "Look, I don't think advertising belongs on the Opera House either".

Protester Joshua Richardson, 19, said he had no problem with the Opera House being lit up in the "right context" but said this illumination was "horrible".

When asked whether the promotion was legal, a spokesman for NSW Heritage Minister Gabrielle Upton pointed to the same exemptions they had been questioned over.

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Mr Quint said the government still hadn't explained how projecting advertising onto the sails adhered to the exemptions.

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