Everyone in Australia was brimmed with happiness after Bindi Irwin took out Dancing with The Stars US yesterday. Everyone except Amanda Vanstone.
While appearing on The Verdict last night, the former immigration minister made a heartless comment about the teen, saying she didn’t understand what all the fuss was about.
“Give me a break,” she said. “She’s not the only kid whose father has died. My father died when I was young; it happens to lots of kids. It doesn’t make her special. How many years ago did her father die?”
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The backlash from the nasty comment was immediate, with many taking to social media to slam Vanstone.
Grief is not a competition Amanda Vanstone! Keep being the wonderful lady you are @BindiIrwin i think your amazing keep dancing life ❤️
— Sloane (@_muffinqueen) November 26, 2015
Vanstone also copped a lot of criticism from others on The Verdict panel, including Labor leader Mark Latham who said: “That was mean and nasty, you can’t say that. That’s something that not even I’d say.”
Meanwhile, Karl Stefanovic said he “was just trying to end the show on something nice” before adding that Vanstone may not be invited back on the show next year.
Steve Irwin was killed by a stingray barb to the heart in 2006.