Daily Telegraph reporter Annette Sharp has entered the thunderdome of twitter’s ire today, after publishing this story in the Daily Telegraph, providing unsolicited advice to engaged couple Buddy Franklin and Jesinta Campbell: “13 Reasons Jesinta And Buddy Should Postpone Their Summer Wedding“.
Before we count [13 Reasons] why this is fucked up: at the most base level, publishing a listicle in a print newspaper, FFS?
In the piece, Sharp spurts forth reasons why Swans star Buddy Franklin—who
recently announced his withdrawal from the AFL Grand Final recently was granted leave due to mental health reasons, meaning he would miss the AFL Grand Final—should postpone his wedding to Jesinta Campbell.
At best, the “reasons” are shockingly naive, unsolicited shock-jock commentary on a relationship where Sharp has no place.
At worst, it sends a horrifically damaging message to anyone who has ever been affected by mental illness, promotes a problematic discourse on the role of women, and marginalises those suffering from mental illness with one broad, reckless stroke. Sharp writes:
“9: Because Jesinta may still be absorbing the news that mental illness can be hereditary.
10: Because Franklin’s career and earning power is less certain than it was a month ago. With Swans bosses looking closely at Franklin’s nine-year contract — he didn’t reveal his epilepsy to them when he signed which may trigger a contract breach — who’s to say Franklin will still be earning a million dollars in year in three years time? The couple’s wedding is expected to be a lavish and glamorous affair that will cost six figures.
11: Because Jesinta’s appeal and allure will halve when she marries as half the consumer market — men — rapidly lose interest in their dream girl when she is no longer single.”
On Twitter, Sharp maintains that the column was written out of pure concern “4 them”.
I wish Jesinta & Buddy all the very best for the future -hence the column. I wrote it because I’m concerned 4 them. https://t.co/cHi7g0JYVG
— Annette Sharp (@InSharpRelief) September 26, 2015
Jesinta Campbell posted an excellent response to the piece on Twitter.
— Jesinta Campbell (@JesintaCampbell) September 25, 2015
And condemnation of Sharp’s column has flowed:
Makes me sick to see this disgusting so called journalism.. Editors shld be ashamed
— Trisha (@plabg) September 27, 2015
@InSharpRelief Such an offensive article. Jesinta’s reply is inspiring.
— NANCY PETERS (@NancyEthics101) September 27, 2015
— Emma J (@MissEmmaJane) September 27, 2015
@InSharpRelief your article is insensitive and uneducated and I’m appalled you have access to a public platform to share your “opinions”
— Steph Seymour (@stefseymour91) September 27, 2015
@InSharpRelief This is sick and disgusting. Their lives are of no concern to anyone but their family and close friends.
— Lachie Murray (@actuallylachie) September 27, 2015
Even the notorious cess pit that is the Daily Telegraph’s comment section has seen dozens of readers call out Sharp’s comments.
M8, when Daily Telegraph readers aren’t even taking your shit?