By KATE LEAVER
Sam Armytage is having a rough 24 hours.
The 37-year-old Sunrise host has had her professional credibility attacked and her body publicly criticised.
Annette Sharp at Sydney Confidential published an article last night with this headline:
So, Armytage’s show Bringing Sexy Back isn’t performing well in ratings. Fine. Whatever. That could be for any number of reasons; it just hasn’t resonated with viewers.
But according to Annette Sharp, the show has failed because Sam Armytage dared to go out in public wearing casual, perhaps-unflattering clothes. There are photographs of Armytage doing errands, arriving at the airport, and walking around the street. They were paparazzi shots, taken without Armytage’s permission, and they show her in her everyday normal-person state.
Let’s be clear about this.
The implication here is that Armytage — one of the country’s most successful, high profile TV presenters — may lose her job because of the outfits she puts on her size-12 figure in her spare time.
As Armytage tweeted this morning (at which time the article was published anonymously):
But there’s another problem here — quite apart from the toxic suggestion that this woman’s off-duty fashion choices are solely responsible for the axing of a prime time television show.
The photos of Armytage aren’t even current. Here’s an exchange on Twitter between Annette Sharp, journalist Georgina Dent, and Armytage:
The pictures are from five years ago. Five! Before she accepted her role as Sunrise co-host with David Koch. Before she was cast as host of Bringing Sexy Back. Before she was professionally required to get up at 3am every day to spend hours in hair and make-up.