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Being bitchy to Lara Bingle

Lara Bingle.

Lara Bingle.

The reality TV show Being Lara Bingle kicks off on Channel Ten tonight and, if there's one thing more certain than her saying "like" a kajillion times, it's the putrid waterfall of bile, spite and, let's face it - plain old jealousy - that will be directed at Bingle on both mainstream and social media ...

I don't know Lara, I've never met her, though I did yell "BINGLE!" at her when she passed my local cafe a while back.

Objectively, she's a 24-year-old model, who shot to fame six years ago because she was chosen to front an advertising campaign for Tourism Australia, then rooted a few famous sportsmen and had a semi-nude picture of her published by a magazine.

What's always puzzled me is the accusation Bingle is "famous for being famous", when she's actually famous for the simple fact she was chosen by Tourism Australia to front an enormously high-profile, $180 million international advertising campaign. And looked smokin' in a bikini.

This was then blown into typically trivial/epic proportions by sections of the media who seemed to conjoin Bingle, a then teenager, with the lameness of the campaign's "Where the Bloody Hell Are Ya" tagline, just because she uttered it to camera.

Still, she looked good in pictures, so male newspaper editors and news producers all over the country jumped at the chance to use her image because they liked staring at her.

Some time later, Bingle dated Brendan Fevola - a married, Melbourne-based AFL player - for five weeks, subsequently claiming she only discovered his marital status after she heard his baby crying over the telephone.

I could run into last year's Brownlow medallist and not know who he is, let alone if he was married, gay, or into donkeys. I'm from Sydney. Like Bingle. AFL is not on my radar, so I'll give her the benefit of the doubt on this one.

Next up, Bingle fell in love with the then-dauphin of Australian Cricket, Michael Clarke. Not surprisingly, she drew scrutiny for this - but far more than Ricky Ponting or Steve Waugh's partners ever did because she's younger and hotter and looked better in a bikini.

The old formula of "women wanted to be her and men wanted to be with her" was well in play. And sure, some men didn't want to be with her, and some women didn't want to be her - but more than enough did, so that every time a story appeared about her in a magazine, newspaper or on TV - it rated or sold.

This is what particularly bugs me about anonymous tweeters and mainstream journos, who roll their eyes about the "Bingle phenomenon" and condescendingly question the "mystery" of her appeal.

There is no mystery - she rates - and nothing sticks in the craw of a middling, semi-successful journo, radio announcer, comedian or talking head than a guileless, good-looking young woman who's earning stacks more cash than they are simply because she's guileless, good-looking and young.

Bingle did not create this game - she just won it, at least for a few years, because she received a few more of god's gifts than most of the resentful twitterati who believe they should have a "profile" in the media because they have a broadband connection and seethe biliously in their inner-city rentals that a young blonde woman has what they don't.

I'm particularly enjoying pieces such as Ben Pobjie's recent "In Defence of Lara Bingle", which was anything but, and seemingly just another excuse for a writer to mock a young woman because she's not as smart as he is.

"It seems a bizarrely purposeless show: nobody was clamouring to know what Lara Bingle's lifestyle was like," writes Pobjie, ignoring the above-mentioned fact that hundreds of thousands of Aussies - who are obviously not Pobjie nor his friends - do indeed clamour for snippets about Bingle's life.

Has Bingle made some false steps, compared with another beautiful somebody such as Jennifer Hawkins? Yes, she has.

Has she got bad advice from managers and agents? Yes again.

Is she "fair game" now that she's invited television cameras into her life for three months? I say no. At least no more than any other person who chooses to make their living from TV.

However, Bingle is a soft target, which is why the sulphurously envious go after her instead of a hundred other TV personalities better equipped to defend themselves.

Simply put, the vast majority of the criticism directed at this woman has nothing to do with "criticism" - it's straight up bullying, and should be recognised as such.

Now, can you please follow me on Twitter, Lara?

You can follow Sam de Brito on Twitter here. His email address is here.

343 comments

  • Soz in advance if you're too precious to hear this, Sam. Not everybody finds Lara Bingle attractive or wants to "be her/like here". There it is. So, yes, we are left wondering what the big deal is.
    The reasonable person also finds it difficult to believe, as you choose to, that she had NO IDEA that her 'boyfriend', Brendan Fevola, was married with kids. One has to suspend belief that she has never heard of Facebook or Google to go along with that one. We see her gazing into the mirror while on the phone in the promo of her new "reality show". I reckon Google is her friend. That probably is the crux of why folk are not particularly enamoured of her, let alone interested, in the upcoming "show". She's full of "it". Some of us have better things to do.

    Commenter
    Len Tilberger
    Date and time
    June 11, 2012, 5:49PM
    • Paragraph 10 Len.

      Sentence 2.

      "And sure, some men didn't want to be with her, and some women didn't want to be her - but more than enough did, so that every time a story appeared about her in a magazine, newspaper or on TV - it rated or sold."

      Commenter
      MyPetMonkey
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      June 12, 2012, 8:58AM
    • It is the pure, obvious and unsophisticated manipulation of the media (and hence me) to make something of this talentless try hard nobody that has me actively ignoring her and everything she does. Attractive? Nah. There are many more people much hotter than her around the interwebz and they aint banging their tin pot for attention. Remember her being 'outraged' Dazza Lyons snapped her nude on her balcony? It is now obvious in the prelaunch promos of her 'show' that this was an orchestrated piece of BS to put her on the tv radar. Trashy, deceitful, grubby. Trying to rehash the Kardashian formula wont work here, as hard as she trys. Will laugh when the show is pulled after 3 episodes.

      Commenter
      Gimme a break
      Location
      Tream me as stupid, the worst offense...
      Date and time
      June 12, 2012, 9:39AM
    • Lara who?

      Commenter
      Bogan Brouhaha
      Location
      Brighton
      Date and time
      June 12, 2012, 10:05AM
    • Ummmm.. I think people generally dont like her or anyone like her because for some very good reasons..:
      1. She doesnt actually do anything meaningful or contribute anything to society
      2. Is a complete and utter idiot
      3. Is constantly in the media and is slammed down everyones throat at every possible opportunity by people like yourself

      For you to say that everyone should stop bullying her is a bit rich. She is fair game!

      She quite openly puts herself in the media spotlight and milks it for all its worth. She knows that she has to make as much money while she can because she doesnt really have any talents.

      Once the next flavour of the month bimbo comes along she will be gone and forgotten!!

      Commenter
      gnh
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      June 12, 2012, 10:10AM
    • Why are male Fairfax bloggers and journalists defending Lara Bingle, simply because she "looks hot" in a bikini? Would they defend her is she didn't look "hot"? Give us a break.

      Commenter
      Reader
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      June 12, 2012, 10:14AM
    • @Gimme a break, if you, as you say, "actively" ignore everything Bingle, then why did you bother to read this blog and reply to it??

      Commenter
      Wondering
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      June 12, 2012, 10:36AM
    • The truly great thing about Australian 'celebrities' like Lara, Kerri-Anne, Fevola, etc etc, is the second they get off a Qantas plane in London, LA, NY or Miami, no-one has a blind clue who they are. They return to their natural state of being nobodies. You can add AFL and Melbourne to that list as well.

      Commenter
      Mel Burbia
      Location
      Melburbia
      Date and time
      June 12, 2012, 10:46AM
    • “I think people generally don’t like her or anyone like her because of some very good reasons” Well gnh, of your three “reasons” I think point one describes the vast majority of the world’s population, and point two adequately describes anyone who gives a hoot about this. I don’t know how so many people can claim to have an opinion on this person who most if not all of you have never met.

      I honestly couldn’t give a toss about Lara Bingle… and why should any of you if she is as talentless as many people claim? If she is so stupid – so worthless, and so obviously a talentless fraud…. Then what does that say about the people who actually care about this issue? Perhaps more importantly, what does it say about the people who criticise her?

      If you believe she’s some useless person... then isn’t it cruel to mock her…. And if you don’t think she’s a waste of space…. Then could we all just be a little jealous.

      Commenter
      Nyd
      Date and time
      June 12, 2012, 10:48AM
    • Sam, much as I generally like your commentary, I am having to side with common sense on this one. If she insists on throwing herself on the TV screens, she is immediately fair game ... it is the rules of the game mate.

      Besides she is living proof of the ole saying:

      "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than open one's mouth and remove all doubt."

      By airing the airhead show she will be irrevocably removing all doubt, and many who thought of her as an irrelevant bimbo du jour, will begin to dislike her for the vacuous pap invading their TV screens. To call it anything else is to severely kid yourself.

      Any wonder people are turning away from commerical TV in droves?

      Commenter
      Bulldust
      Location
      Perth
      Date and time
      June 12, 2012, 11:16AM

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