*Well that didn’t take long.
It was only a day ago that we published the story of Australian TV anchor Samantha Armytage, (otherwise known as the “Good on her!” girl) and her co-host who interviewed a pair of fraternal twins. The twins had captured attention because although they looked different (that’s the fraternal part) one looked black, while the other looked white. Maria takes more after her half-Jamaican mom, while Lucy looks more like her Caucasian dad.
Armytage stuck her foot in her mouth when she “congratulated” Lucy right after the “Lucy got her dad’s fair skin” part by adding, “Good on her!”
Needless to say, if the quick, but surprised glance from her co-host didn’t give her some kind of clue that she had messed up, the backlash that ensued after a Change.org petition accusing her of racism and demanding an apology did.
As I offered a wager to our readers yesterday, betting on an “apology” from the #yousaidexactlywhatyoumeant anchor, even I didn’t expect it to come so quickly.
But wonders never cease to amaze me. And if I hear one more statement like the one Armytage made directly below, I swear I’m going to puke.
“I would be mortified if anyone thought I would say or think anything racist. It’s not in my nature. To anyone who I might have offended, I’m sorry,” she sputtered to News Corp Australia.
Do us a favor and just SHUT UP!
Mortified my ass.
The petition, which at this point has garnered upwards of 4,000 signatures, went on to say that the comment segregates sisters by favoritism based on skin colour and gives the impression that Lucy is better or luckier for being fair skinned or as if Samantha can relate more to her solely because she is fair skinned which is by definition, racist.
“Sunrise” producer, Michael Pell, also released a statement calling the whole thing a “misunderstanding” and apologizing for any offense.
To the anchor I will say what I believe many of our readers are thinking:
Go us one better, “Sam.” Tell us exactly what you did mean by the comment. I think we liked you better when you were being real!