By JR on Wednesday, March 07, 2012
She's just an airhead but why does the channel want an airhead fronting their show? Australia has a very proud and honourable military tradition that most Australians respect -- not least because so many families have lost loved-ones in war. So in that context, mocking a soldier as distinguished as a VC is the height of ignorance and disrespect. Cpl. Roberts-Smith is someone of whom most Australians are proud. But Yumi is half Japanese so she may not have been exposed to normal Australian feelings in the matter
CHANNEL 10 is resisting calls to sack Yumi Stynes as co-host of The Circle.
Ten has backed Stynes amid an online hate campaign, including physical threats, aimed at the morning show presenter.
The broadcaster has been forced to censor the Facebook page for The Circle after tasteless comments were posted, with some thought to involve her children.
"Yumi remains a valued member of The Circle team and we are all focused on moving forward," a Ten spokesman said. "We are concerned about the extreme nature of some of those comments and are monitoring them closely."
It is believed that seven sponsors have quit or are reviewing their involvement with the show. Mirvac Hotels & Resorts has joined Swisse Vitamins, coffee company Jamaica Blue, garden fittings company Hoselink and Big 4 Holiday Parks in pulling out. "All ties with The Circle have been severed by the cancellation of our sponsorship," Mirvac posted on its Facebook page yesterday.
The protest against Stynes also has spread to radio. The Facebook page for the Australian Radio Network's 3PM Pick-Up show, which Stynes co-hosts with Chrissie Swan, has been inundated. Listeners have called on Swan to dissociate herself from Stynes, labelled a disgrace, disrespectful and ungrateful by angry listeners.
"To date, there has been no effect on sponsorship," ARN content director Duncan Campbell said.