Amanda Vanstone stands by her attack on Bindi Irwin

A day after Amanda Vanstone’s shocking comments caused the whole nation’s jaws to drop, she still can’t see what all
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A day after Amanda Vanstone’s shocking comments caused the whole nation’s jaws to drop, she still can’t see what all the fuss is about.

After saying on national television that Bindi Irwin basically should get over her father’s death and stop making a big deal of it, the former immigration minister insists there is no backlash – and she’s not backing down on her comments.

“I don’t make an issue of these things, I think people who do are appalling,” Ms Vanstone said.

“My simple point is, [Bindi] is no different to any other person and my sympathies go with kids whose parents have just died or are dying. There are lots of Aussie kids, little kids, whose parents have recently died. (Irwin’s) died eight or nine years ago or something.”

Ms Vanstone dismissed the level of outcry over her comments. “I don’t know that there has been much of a backlash,” she said.

Well, Ms Vanstone, we have 400+ comments from our article yesterday that suggest otherwise!

The comment that shocked us all was made on The Verdict as host Karl Stefavonic praised Bindi for winning the US version of Dancing With The Stars.

Ms Vanstone said, “Give me a break. She’s not the only kid whose father has died. My father died when I was young; it happens to lots of kids. It doesn’t make her special.”

The former politician’s father died suddenly when she was three years old.

Since winning the competition, Bindi says she has never spoken publicly about her father Steve’s death.

“I’d never really talked about everything I’d felt when Dad passed away and I never thought I’d revisit that,” she said.

Do you think Amanda Vanstone should apologise to Bindi Irwin for the comments she made? 

 

  1. I THINK WHAT SHE MEANT WAS HAVING ONE DANCE TO HER FATHER WAS ENOUGH NOT DEDICATING EVERY DANCE TO HIM MADE IT LOOK LIKE TRYING TO GET THEIR SYMPATHY VOTE JUST SAYING

  2. If b she lost her father at three, she obviously didnt get to build up that special relationship that daughters have with their fathers. You always miss them when they are gone.😳

  3. What Ms Vanstone said is correct, there are many, many kids who have lost parents. No doubt about it. BUT, saying so on national TV is very, very inappropriate. No doubt about that either. I too lost my dad. I was 20yrs at the time, much older than Bindi was when here dad died but it is still, these many years later, a very hurtful subject. Losing apparent should never be trivialised. Ms Vanstone, have some respect for the feelings of others, especially a young woman growing up without her beloved dad.

    • I lost my father as well, I was ten and I had two younger brothers. As Vanstone said it happened to many of us.

    • yes but why does she have to open her mouth in such a way ..i think she is a bitch to even bring it up

    • What comes out of a persons mouth is what is in their heart. Nasty words nasty heart. If you have nothing nice to say best to not open your mouth.

    • It was the way she said it , as if losing her father was the only reason Bindi won , Bindi won fair & square & by sheer talent & hard work !! Amanda is a nasty acid tongued bitter old bag !!! Amanda may have lost her dad as well at a young age but she chooses to spread nastiness ,Bindi chooses to spread love !there lies the difference !!

  4. Perhaps the very early loss of her father stunted her emotional growth and empathy??? 🙂

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