In the last 24 hours, plenty of people have been having their say about the moment Yumi Stynes dared to pose for a picture with her baby.
Particularly lovely is this comment from “human headline’ Derryn Hinch, who posted this supportive comment:
“Not such a Yumi mummy. Out of the limelight, Yumi Stynes grabs the red carpet spotlight for the wrong reasons.”
“She was wearing only a nappy. The daughter – not Stynes. Although nothing would surprise me,” Hinch added in a post on his blog, the Human Headline.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Stynes hit back, tweeting: “Apparently dear old Derryn Hinch is trash-talking me. I’d ask a listener what he said but I don’t know anyone that old!”
Stynes also wrote for Fairfax Media of her shocked reaction to the nasty media coverage of her red-carpet appearance.
“Looking at that photo of my daughter and I now, I could cry. I want to warn us not to look so innocent! Someone is going to kick us! But there we are, frozen in happy obliviousness, snap, snap, snap,” she wrote.
She added: “I’m not in possession of the required sh— to give to defend my decision to dress my daughter in nothing but a nappy. She’s a BABY. If we have reached a point where that’s an issue then we truly have all gone mad! It’s a non-story and I’m sorry that it reached the news, the talk shows, the papers.”
Stynes also wrote of the nature of online outrage, which she describes as creating “a delightful cocktail of anger and righteousness that gives the beholder permission to spew poison, insults and hate at whomever has provoked the outrage”.
“If you ever feel outrage at something you see online, I suggest you look twice,” she added. “You’re usually being played. And watch how far that outrage goes: sometimes the behavior of the outraged is far worse than that which provoked it.”
Previously, Mamamia wrote…
In case you missed it, on Sunday morning, Yumi stepped off a hot Sydney street with her young baby in her arms and posed for this photo:
According to a column in News Limited papers, it was a huuuuuuge mistake, fashion-wise and otherwise.
Take a look:
THERE was only one fashion faux pas on the red carpet at Sydney’s Paddington Bear premiere yesterday and it wasn’t a celebrity revealing a little too much. It was a baby wearing nothing but a nappy…
Yes. We are critiquing the fashion “choices” of a six-month-old baby.
The story went on to label the moment “weird” and call into question not only little Mercy‘s nappy-smile combo, but Yumi’s parenting skills.
The only real excuse Stynes could have would be the eventuation of a catastrophic No. 3 [poo explosion] in the car en route to the event…
That is the only thing that can get Stynes off the hook for her underdressed offspring although any parent worth their salt would ask why she was without a stash of spare clothes.
The story has divided opinion online over the past 24 hours with many actually supporting the view that it was a bad decision on Yumi’s part.
Okay. Line’s drawn. Now we’re mad. So now you’re now a bad mother if you don’t have myriad outfit changes in your bag at all times?
We’re not the only ones. Yumi has had a wave of supporters on Twitter, with many people agreeing that the story is, indeed, far fetched.
“What’s weird,” Yumi told Mamamia yesterday morning., “is shaming me for letting my jolly baby bog around in a nappy. Nicole Kidman dresses up for a red carpet, I don’t believe my six-month-old needs to.”
Yumi’s husband, Martin Bendeler, is also not impressed by the implications this story is making about his wife’s parenting skills.
“There is nothing more Australian than a baby wearing a nappy on a hot day,” he told Mamamia. “If you’re offended by a six month-old’s nipples, you’re weird.”
Martin would also like it known, not that it’s any of our business, that they did have a blanket with them for Mercy, in case she got a bit chilly.
For the record, Mamamia was also at the Paddington premiere yesterday morning. It was a stinking hot Sydney day. it was the premiere of a kids’ movie, and there were children everywhere (including ours). This was not a sophisticated adult function, with cocktails and high heels and designer frocks (well, okay, Nicole Kidman wore a designer frock, we wore shorts). The movie – which is entirely delightful, by the way – started an hour late, and the small people were getting restless.
Yumi Stynes is a mother of three. She is no parenting rookie. She has proved her chops when it comes to being able to raise little people.
So far, to our knowledge, none of her offspring has suffered from exposure.
So. There’s a mum, at a kids’ event, who decided to keep her baby cool on a hot day. She had a back-up for air-con-induced temperature fluctuations, and her gorgeous baby was happy and healthy.
What is wrong with this picture?
Back off, parenting police, there’s nothing to see here.
What’s the most infuriating parenting judgement you’ve ever been on the end of?