Has the world gone mad? Earlier this week, a woman was shamed because — wait for it — she chose to wear a full pair of underwear.
On Dec, 11, the Daily Mail Australia decided to share photos from Sunrise host Samantha Armytage on a shopping trip in Bondi and bring attention to her "giant granny panties." Nice. According to the article, they "showed through the garment with a clearly visible line." Oh, Armytage, how dare you?!
It must be a slow day in the newsroom when one woman's choice of underwear makes headlines. Thankfully, the public haven't taken kindly to the article and Twitter has been abuzz with reactions.
Why dose journalism have to resort to what our TV journalists wear (or lack of)!I'm sorry that @sam_armytage you had to deal with this.— Hayley McGann (@Devil86) December 14, 2016
1. the daily mail should be craterised by orbiting laser guns— the resident female (@marrowing) December 11, 2016
2. those are totally normal undies
3. See 1 https://t.co/JvaAFSEyaW
Of all the things Sam Armytage should be ashamed of, how could anyone think “her habit of wearing underpants” is a pertinent one? https://t.co/lk751Unsyy— Ben Pobjie (@benpobjie) December 11, 2016
Girls put your "giant granny panties" out tomorrow to support @sam_armytage the Daily Mail have been callous, cruel and disgusting to her.— Tracey Hill (@hilly2327) December 11, 2016
Instead of ignoring the report, Armytage took a stand for herself — and for women in general — when she threatened legal action. According to Brisbane Times, legal firm Addisons sent Daily Mail Australia a letter on behalf of the TV presenter claiming that she was "at a loss to understand the reasons why Daily Mail Australia had chosen to publish the article, which represents a gross invasion of her privacy."
"For reasons unknown to our client, it appears that the Daily Mail has developed an unhealthy interest in not only the reporting on our client but now seems determined to humiliate and shame her in the most base and personal way," continued the letter.
And it seems to have worked, because Daily Mail Australia has since responded with an apology.
In a statement issued in bold at the bottom of the original piece, the publication writes, "An earlier version of this story contained critical statements regarding Samantha Armytage’s appearance. While the story has since been amended, we apologise for any distress caused to Ms Armytage or readers more generally."
While this is a small victory for Armytage and will hopefully make the media think twice before degrading a woman and commenting on her choice of outfit, why are we still having to demand apologies from those who shame women for their physical appearance?
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