Australia: PM defended over baby photo

BBC:-Australians have come to the defence of PM Malcolm Turnbull after a photo of him holding his grandchild and a beer became a topic of much discussion.

It began innocuously enough: Mr Turnbull shared the photo of himself with his young granddaughter at an Australian Rules football final in Sydney on Saturday.

The image was posted on his Facebook page alongside the caption: “Multitasking at the footy.”

But it prompted some comments criticising Mr Turnbull over the presence of the beer.

“Disgraceful holding a child with alcohol in hand!” wrote Marg Walker.

Another criticised it as “irresponsible”, while one person said they found it “disgusting to see people breathing grog all over baby’s [sic]”.

The objections gained a wider audience when they were picked up by national media outlets. Descriptions of it ranged from a “minor storm” to a “huge backlash”.

However, as quickly as the criticism emerged, so too did those defending Mr Turnbull as having done nothing wrong.

“What a beautiful photo. Mr Turnbull has every right to nurse and enjoy cuddling his grandchild,” wrote Jan Robertson.

Caroline Overington wrote: “This is absurd. The PM is taking good care of the baby. It’s a beautiful shot.”

Others pointed out that it is common to sensibly enjoy an alcoholic beverage in Australian sporting stadiums. Some wondered what would have happened if Mr Turnbull had been pictured clasping a non-alcoholic beverage, such as a cup of tea.

The list of Mr Turnbull’s defenders even grew to include his political rival, opposition leader Bill Shorten.

1 Comment

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    September 11, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Some ppl need to get a life n stop being keyboard warriors. On seeing the picture my first thought was what was wrong with it. I looked to see if the man was holding the baby inappropriately or kissing inappropriately none of which i saw. Then to come and read ppl getting on cuz the man had a glass of beer in his hand come on!