I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I watched Yummy Mummies when it screened on Channel 7 this week.
I’m embarrassed, because it was advertised as a controversial reality show from the get go – the TV equivalent of a click bait news article on a trashy tabloid website.
So I should have known better than to watch. But I did, and it delivered exactly what it promised: a bunch of privileged white women chatting about their impending babies as if they’re designer accessories.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
To be fair, the three Melbourne mamas weren’t too bad, if a little self-involved and materialistic.
But the mum from Adelaide, Maria? She was off the charts. I try not to judge other women because you never know what’s going on in their life, but honestly, this woman has absolutely no self-awareness. At all. Not even a little bit.
At one point, she requests that a venue cancel a 350-person wedding to accommodate her 50-person baby shower, which she has dubbed “Adelaide’s biggest baby shower”. (They decline).
At another point, she describes breastfeeding in public as “illegal”. (Untrue).
During a tour of her house, she shows off the matching Burberry outfits she’s bought: the set includes a Burberry shirt for her husband, herself, her new baby and her dog.
And let’s not even talk about the baby wardrobe… She genuinely has more clothes in there than her child could wear before growing out of them.
Maria has blissfully written off any negativity as simply people being “jealous” but I can confidently say, my reaction comes from a different place altogether.
Her complete and utter lack of comprehension that people exist outside of her orbit is mind-boggling.
If she cut her wardrobe full of baby clothes in half – which would still leave her with an extraordinary collection – the other half could provide for a dozen struggling families. It seems like such a thought has never crossed her mind!
I hope that much of what the cameras captured her saying is for show, but sadly, I think she may be legit.
The only way to know for sure is to watch another episode… I’m not sure I’m game!
Are you going to be watching?