Bad call, Yumi
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YUMI STYNES’ PREVIOUS excursion into social pariah-hood could, perhaps, be excused on the grounds of ignorance. That was when she questioned the intelligence of war hero Ben Roberts-Smith after he appeared on the Sunday Night program.
The super-fit, bare-chested, VC winner was filmed in a swimming pool. Stynes, co-host of the now defunct chat show The Circle, said: ‘He's going to dive down to the bottom of the pool to see if his brain is there’.
That prompted fellow panellist George Negus to comment: ‘I'm sure he's a really good guy, nothing about poor old Ben. But that sort of bloke, and what if they're not up to it in the sack?’
Which prompted somebody else to ask if Negus was suggesting ‘that he could be a dud root’. Hilarious stuff.
Stynes apologised on air next day, saying: ‘I made a joke, because how could anybody possibly be so perfect? What I didn't estimate was how much my joke was not appreciated. I sort of intimated that maybe he wasn't very smart, because how could you be that buff and spend that much time in a gym and be smart as well? And people have been a bit angry and I've been getting a lot of angry messages’.
attention deficit syndrome
Not much has been heard of Stynes since The Circle was axed and she also lost her regular radio gig.
Well, she’s back. Maybe suffering from attention deficit syndrome.
This week, Stynes went to the red carpet premiere of Paddington Bear in Sydney and took along her six-months-old daughter, Mercy.
She was wearing only a nappy. The daughter – not Stynes. Although nothing would surprise me.
You could argue, and I do, about whether a movie premiere, and the noise and jostle of a red carpet, is the place for any six-months-old baby.
(And I’m told this Paddington Bear story, surprisingly, is not suitable for young kids anyway.)
The mother of three could also possibly argue that she got caught short in one of those maternal moments where a nipper projectile vomits over everyone, and everything, in sight. The nappy the only garment left unsoiled.
no jumpsuit, no singlet
Apparently, not so. Stynes told Mamamia: ‘Nicole Kidman dresses up for a red carpet. I don’t believe my six-month-old needs to’.
So, no jumpsuit, no singlet, just a nappy. And a disposable one at that.
My main objection here is hygiene. Maybe Yumi doesn’t mind if bubba poos on her cowboy boots, but other people might object to the side spray.
And, if I seem intolerant of such public behaviour, maybe it’s because I’m sick of selfish, blinkered mothers, using public areas as toilet stops for kids. In recent weeks, I’ve seen a woman change her bay’s nappy across the aisle in Business Class on a plane and – at a ritzy restaurant in Melbourne’s Crown complex -- a mother changed nappies at the table. Sure, she moved to an unoccupied table but some other unsuspecting diner would be using that seat soon.
I support the campaign for mothers to breast-feed in public. It is a disgrace when people urge them to retire to the toilets.
I wouldn’t eat in a lavatory and don’t expect a baby to. I also wouldn’t use bum wipes in public or take kids to a red carpet event clad only in their underpants.