Samantha Armytage has hit back at the “dummies” who failed to see the funny side to a column she penned titled ‘Don’t attack me for being beautiful’.
In her column for Stellar magazine, Sam wrote: “don’t attack me for being beautiful; I have a team of hair and make-up PROFESSIONALS getting up at the crack of sparrows each day to make me look good. And if you don’t think I’m beautiful, then you’re entitled to your opinion (but you’d be wrong).”
While the article was written firmly with tongue in cheek not everyone saw the funny side and she was soon flooded with comments from readers who branded her self-obsessed, a bimbo, vain and annoying.
Now, the Sunrise host has hit back with a new column titled, ‘I’m not only beautiful, I’m funny too’. In the article, published on Sunday, Sam wrote sarcastically to “let the looting begin” because “society has officially lost its sense of humour”.
Comparing the ensuing public flogging in the comments section to worse than the treatment suffered by Barnaby Joyce and Bert Newton, the 41-year-old wrote that she would explain “one more time for the dummies” that her initial article was a joke.
“The outrage commentators also kindly (JOKE) shared with me what the burning fires of hell (aka the online ‘comments’ section for articles) were spewing up from the anonymous underworld of those vile and ugly haters. (Not a JOKE.) I was ‘over the hill’, should ‘work on radio’ and, my favourite, ‘not all that’,” she wrote
“Well, guess what, idiot? I AM all that. (Not a JOKE.)”
It’s not the first time Sam has been at the centre of debates and media commentary about her looks. In 2016 the Daily Mail published paparazzi photos of her wearing “giant granny panties” while out picking up groceries from the supermarket.
Several news outlets and high profile Aussies leapt to her defence, including Sydney Morning Herald columnist Clementine Ford, who described the article as “creepy” and “harassment”. The Daily Mail eventually apologised for the story after Sam threatened to sue, but it did slow the stream of nasty comments that have followed her whenever she appears on television in the magazines.
Despite the “haters”, Sam wrote in Stellar that she decided to come back for round two on the advice of her mother, who told her to “write a column about how stupid and lacking in humour people can be these days”.
“I’ve always prided myself on my self-deprecating humour, despite making my living from the TV industry. And I never shy away from a fight (as I make my living from the TV industry),” she wrote.
“So, like the tenacious (not a JOKE), try-hard comedian I am (JOKE), I began to write. And here ’tis.
“If you don’t think I’m funny, you’re entitled to your opinion. But you’d be wrong.”