By MAMAMIA TEAM
Welcome to our final episode in the Tea with Mamamia series, where our editor Jamila Rizvi has a cup (or four) of Dilmah tea while getting to know some of Australia’s best and brightest celebrities.
Today Jamila sits down with Stella Young. Stella is a comedian, disability advocate and Editor of ABC’s Ramp Up website, the online space for news, discussion and opinion about disability in Australia.
The two of them talk about what it means to be a ‘Professional Stroppy Person’, chasing boys as teenagers (even when stairs get in the way) and how humour, social media and advocacy work together.
As expected there are some very funny moments – you may even learn some new uses for the pressure cooker. So make yourself a cuppa, sit back and take 5 minutes to enjoy the conversation between these two lovely ladies.
P.S How bangin’ is Stella’s orange lipstick? LOVE.
Here’s a transcript of Jamila and Stella’s chat:
Jam: Stella, thanks for having tea.
Stella: Thank you for offering me tea. I love tea. Tea is excellent.
Jam: Now you’re a disability advocate, a phrase we hear thrown around, what does it actually mean?
Stella: Being a disability advocate, I suppose, just means being stroppy about stuff that is not fair, and raising and discussing issues that affect people with disabilities I guess.
Jam: Does getting stroppy work?
Stella: It does sometimes. It does. I’ve had a recent little win. I went to a pub near my house, and their disabled toilet was full of boxes of wine, so I couldn’t use it.
Jam: So it was basically just a storage cabinet?
Stella: Yeah they were just using it for storage, and that happens all the time. But on this particular night I thought, ‘You know what? I’m going to tweet a photo of this’. And so I did, and it kind of went a bit crazy. I wrote the venue a couple of emails to say, ‘Please don’t use your toilet as a wine cellar. It’s not good for people that need to use the toilet, or the people that wanna drink your wine.’
Jam: True. There’s two issues here!
Stella: So, I sent them a couple of emails. That didn’t really work, they just ignored my emails, but when I got to them on social media, that’s when they paid attention. So I ended up writing on their facebook wall and they cleaned their stuff out immediately.