Last week Social Commentator Mia Freedman appeared on national television and made a rather uninformed and immature comments regarding the achievements of an Australian athlete who had just made history.
The segment hosted by Karl Stefanovic appeared on the Today show and was a painful 5.45 minutes of what appeared to be unprepared and an attempt at being controversial, after all, that’s what social commentators do right? They are there to polarise an audience. Mia is no stranger to this, to demonstrate all you need to do is Google “Mia Freedman Today Show” and the same style of argument appears in a segment with Mia commenting on Pauline Hansen.
Mia took to her blog to defend herself, crying poor and digging a deeper hole. Her blog, filled with celebrity mummy news, had become a divided battle ground for those who supported her comments and those who now loathed her. There was no shortage of rebuttal, however we feel as though this best sums up what the rest of us were thinking. Doctor Bridie O’Donnell wrote an open letter to Mia Freedman regarding her comments and thoughts on the topic.
Not being able to withstand the criticism of those who disagreed with her criticisms, Mia took to the media to once again attempt to make good. The article in Sundays Age was titled “My week from hell” went into detail on how Mia felt she has been “cyber bullied” You could almost hear the tiny violins playing in the background as you read it.
The moral of this story? Mia has built a career of critiquing others, she was the editor of 3 glossy magazines and has now reinvented herself as a “social media expert” often commentating on issues on television related to social media. This type of attention, albeit unwanted comes with the job. For those of us producing content be it written or broadcasted, we need to be prepared for what comes next. Just because we have an opinion, it doesn’t mean that it’s shared universally, its a cruel, cruel world out there…
For what its worth, I’m not sure if Cadel Evans is a hero or not. I do know however that he is an excellent role model, not just for kids, but also for adults. Determined, focused, humble and not a scrap of controversy surrounds him, unlike many sports stars or celebrities. Cadel Evans is a great athlete who should be celebrated for his achievements, not critiqued for them.