Oh, Jackie! How could you?

You know I’m not normally one for ridiculous flare ups in the media about complete overreactions to the even more completley mundane, but some things I have to comment on.

This now… what, 3 day? … bitchfest, complete with what can only be described as “what the fuck?” commentary of radio host Jackie O, OMG, feeding her baby!

Sure she was crossing a road at the time and that’s what most of the beatup (against her) was about. For now, I’m going to leave the fact that she had to so vehemently defend herself about the content of the bottle she had in the baby’s mouth. Personallly, I wouldn’t be surprised if next week we find a glamerous pic of her crossing the road with a bottle in her own mouth. Vodak, perhaps?

(As a total aside, where do breastfeeding women get off being so hateful, nasty and rude to and about people? What makes them so righteous and above all? Not ALL breastfeeding women of course, just the very rude, nasty, ignorant and loud few … so much so that I, personally, am at times embarrased to say I ever breastfed my kids for the bad name it gives me.)

I think my favourite comment came in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph, courtesy of Pru Goward who is, allegedly, NSW Families Minisiter and former sex discrmination minister, who stated:

“We all were horrified when Michael Jackson dangled his baby out the window and this woman is crossing the road not just holding a baby but feeding a baby and I think it was unnecessarily cavalier,”

I laughed and laughed. Until I realised she was serious.

Really, how dare anyone cross a road, snuggling thier baby to their chest lovingly? Outrageous. At this point, I’m not going to mention the number of times I wandered around various places, in and outside the home, the baby feeding either via my left breast or from a bottle (and no, sometimes it wasn’t expressed breast milk, so THERE!)

The thing is with this, first up, is that Jac was damned if she did and damned if she didn’t:

If she’d left the baby screaming, she would have been condemned.

If she’d been breastfeeding the baby – that would have caused all kinds of difficulty; it would have been touted as a HUGE movement for the breastfeeding nazis and “see, you can breastfeed anywhere” (this is not necessarily a bad thing) whilst at the same time no doubt revolting and affending those who love being revolted and offended by breastfeeding women.

We’d, as a society (and the media) be torn between how recklessly dangerous it was (allegedly – you know, for the sake of a good beatup

16 Replies to “Oh, Jackie! How could you?”

  1. Couldn’t have said it better myself, so I won’t I will be sharing this on my wall today thanks Amanda!

    Heather James
    Inspiring Mums

  2. Geez you know how to make me tear up 🙁

    Thank you for putting the thoughts that have been waffling around in my brain into such wonderful words. I hope someone passes this onto Jackie, that she reads it, and understands that not everyone is against her.

    There’s no way I could parent so publically – I have enough doubts about my abilities without the narky world of celeb running me down for every choice I make.

    Hang in there, Jackie!

    And you’re my hero, Amanda xoxo

  3. Great post. I’m so sick of everyone thinking they can judge you and tell you what to do with your own child. This is truly getting ridiculous.

  4. I don’t normally listen to their radio show, but just happened to that day. And boy was I pissed at the ridiculousness of it all. First, I totally agree that whatever she does (breastfeed whilst crossing, bottle feed, let child cry) she will be damned. Why? ‘Cos she’s a woman. Imagine her husband being photographed doing what she had done. I think people would be applauding and saying, “wow, what a great dad yada yada yada” probably also bashing Jackie O in the process saying “Where the hell is the mum?” Am I right? Can NEVER win. Then the going back to work bit – HELLO! Which freaking century are we living in??? She’s got a supportive husband, they’ve worked something out with regards to her working after giving birth. WHY NOT??? Why should she have to stay at home when she’s ready, and so is her baby and husband. Sigh…some people should really really really keep their mouths shut. Like what I advise my daughter : If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!

  5. You hit the nail straight on the head, we are damned if we do, n damned if we dont. Well said Moo, love ya work

  6. So glad you blogged about this! I made a comment supporting jackieO last weekend on Sunny Mummys and the next day Stacey vented also! Pru Goward did such a great job of raising her own daughter didn’t she? Lmao!! The headlines her daughter has had….def as Christie said Mrs Pot 😉

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