BY MIA FREEDMAN
I was sitting in the back of a cab last week with a visitor here from New York, trying to explain the puzzling phenomenon of Delta Goodrem hating. It was difficult. First, I told her about the Tall Poppy Syndrome. “Australians don’t like anyone who is too full of themselves, who grows too tall, who is too successful.”
She looked puzzled by this. Understandably because it sounds ridiculous when you say it out loud. Especially to someone who comes from the land of ‘YOU GO GIRL”.
“But what’s she done wrong? Why don’t these people like her?”
Good question. She’s young. She’s pretty, She’s talented. She’s successful.
In Australia, one of the things that tend to endear female celebrities to us is their vulnerability. Their flaws. Their failures. Whether it’s a weight struggle, a struggle to conceive, heartbreak, illness, wearing no make-up, having a bad hair day…..we don’t like our Aussie girls to be too perfect.
But Delta has that! She had cancer as a teenager at the peak of her fame! She’s had several high profile relationships end badly including her engagement to Brian McFadden last year. So why is she not afforded that special place in our collective hearts? The place where Kylie Minogue has always lived but never moreso than after battling breast cancer.
And what can possibly motivate slamming someone down so viciously? Is it pure jealousy? I think that’s part of it but there’s an added dimension I’m struggling to identify.
Nicole Kidman and Delta are unique in the way they polarise without having actually done anything. And the venom directed towards them by some is startlingly similar.