World renowned Australian author Colleen McCullough sadly passed away yesterday, 29/01/15, at the age of 77.
Here is part of what The Australian newspaper decided to write in her obituary:
COLLEEN McCullough, Australia’s best selling author, was a charmer. Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless, a woman of wit and warmth. In one interview, she said: “I’ve never been into clothes or figure and the interesting thing is I never had any trouble attracting men.”
You can read the full article here if you don’t believe me. It seems pretty crazy right?
Well, I’m sorry to say, this isn’t a joke. This is a real obituary in a real newspaper. I suppose this is just the kind of thing that happens when the majority of a country’s media is owned by two people. They can write whatever they like and we have to read it. I may be forced to read it but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a right to speak out when I disagree with what has been written.
Colleen McCullough is Australia’s best selling author. She is most well known for her brilliant novel, The Thorn Birds. She wrote 25 novels, 5 of which had screen adaptations. She was a brilliant story teller and a dedicated researcher. She was also a neurophysiologist! From what I know about Collen McCullough, she also seemed like she was a nice person.
I’m writing this blog post to speak out and say that I’m not ok with The Australian feeling the need to tell us all that Colleen was fat in her obituary. This is fat shaming of the highest order and completely unnecessary. I never once cared about what she looked like when reading her novels. I never care what the author of the book I’m reading looks like. How on earth could that ever be relevant to the enjoyment of a book?
Vale Colleen and thank you for all of the wonderful stories that you were kind enough to share with everyone.