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Does it happen overseas too or is it uniquely an Australian condition?
Oh PLEASE dont say that happens here :(
I'm glad you mentioned Bec and Lleyton...they way they were massacred on this site was, I think, a little immature! Imagine if she (Bec) being a new mum, thought she'd join a forum (it could happen) to get some advice, and there's a thread dedicated to sh*t-canning her and her husband...I personally think that no matter who has a baby (as long as it's not Michael Jackson) we should offer our congratulations and not worry about how much money they're getting paid by magazines etc...it all seemed like the 'green eyed monster' had reared it's ugly head IYKWIM!!!
I never read any of the threats on bec and lleyton, but congratualtions to them both.
Totally agree Carly. I posted my support for them but I'm afraid my little voice got lost in a sea of negativity :(.
Tall Poppy Syndrome is alive and well in Australia unfortunately. I think it stems from our inability to accept compliments directed at ourselves, so when we see someone who is confident or secure then we feel as though we have to cut them down to our level of insecurity.
It's surprising to see so many people that think they are accepting and "good christians" cutting poppies down like it's an olympic sport :eek:
I think it's sad. I wonder if the people who do it realise what they are doing?
I do believe that it is (unfortunatly) in the human nature to build people up just so we can bring them crashing down again - and I don't think that this is uniquely Australian. Look at Hollywood!
im afraid i am one of the many guilty of having a go at Bec and Lleyton, in the past, although i cant remember if i posted anything regarding their childs birth or not :confused: , newmum, was that a personal dig at me? anyway, my annoyance was at the huge amount of publicity their union generated, it constantly for mths overshadowed many newsworthy items, and ppl who, i believe, were far more worthy of adulation. i dont have anything against them, i dont even know them! i actually do wish them well, i think they are a lucky couple, who like any other couple, deserve every chance at happiness, i just didnt want to hear every tiny detail of their courtship!!!
and you made a great point carly which i didnt even think of, what if she did have a browse of these parents forums? im sure, as you said, she would feel terrible seeing a whole thread dedicated to bagging her out!
and as for tall poppy syndrome, i have mentioned it few times before in other threads, as i have felt some ppl have been attacked for simply being successful. hard work, dedication etc, deserve to be rewarded, and yes, tall poppy syndrome is alive and well, i see it everyday. i think it happens all over the world, although it seems to be more prevelant in Australia.
I don't have any tall poppies, but my sunflowers are coming up well.......... oops sorry, I should have posted that in the gardening thread. :D
if you did have tall poppys lovely cathy, im sure you wouldnt cut them down though:p i know someone like you would nurture and encourage them :D
*scurrying around in the garden........ muttering to myself........ now where did I put that garden spade...... it must be around here somewhere*
Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work we go......
You're so right Erin - I would be very proud if they blessed my garden.
I'm glad you mentioned Bec and Lleyton...they way they were massacred on this site was, I think, a little immature!...............it all seemed like the 'green eyed monster' had reared it's ugly head IYKWIM!!!
My thoughts exactly, its a shame we have that type of immature behaviour here, some of the comments in the bec bashing threads were obviously Jealousy inspired. Why can't people just be happy for them? So you don't like to hear heaps about it, DON'T LISTEN Dosen't take a rocket scientist to figure that one out! The media love focusing on a big event and doing it to death, that's not the fault of their subject!
mmmm, very true, i still think that our media focuses to much on things they shouldnt when there are other much more news worthy items.(but thats another topic :) ) this isnt tall poppy syndrome, personally i would just like to hear about actual important world events from time to time, or about other ppl who are doing great things in research etc when i turn on the tv in my precious spare time. it doesnt mean i dont wish them happiness, why wouldnt i? they have both worked hard to have the lifestyle they have, and now have a new baby, good on them!:)
Normal? Who? Where? I don't know any normal people.:confused:
that was the point i was trying to make too neaby :) for weeks all that seemed to be in the news, and here in bubhub:rolleyes: was talk of their coupling. everyone has celebs that we love and others we are not so fussed over, some ppl might think Becs is the best thing sliced bread, whilst others dont really think much of her as an actress. we are all guilty of it, it doesnt mean you are jealous of somebody because you arent particulary fussed with the quality of their acting skills, or because you wish you hadnt been bombarded by the latest details of where they kissed and who they had lunch with. when people are in the spotlight, us mere mortals will always have our favourites, and others that make us groan whenever we hear their name mentioned, it is part and parcel of being a celebrity, and most celebs are aware and accepting of this, they cant please everyone, and i hardly think they care if someone they dont even know thinks they are good at what they do or not? i imagine becs and lleyton are pretty darn happy right now, regardless of what little ole' me and others think of her acting ability, or his tennis skills, and i think thats great, a young couple happy and in love with a new baby always makes me smile :) i just cant believe another thread has turned into a discussion on them!!!!
Lol, they're just being used as an example :).
i know, thats whats even more annoying! it was only supposed to be an example, yet here we all are discussing them again! who loves them, who doesnt, and how horrible and mean you are if you dont love hearing about them every second!!!!:D
I agree Erin. ;) So we've gone from Bec and Lleyton bashing to bashing the Bec and Lleyton bashers..? :confused:
People who are in the spotlight expect a certain amount of attention (good and bad). I believe it goes along with the free stuff, red carpets and squillions of dollars. To state that you're sick of seeing them making headline news isn't a derogatory personal comment IMO.
Sorry! I think I was the one who opened the can of worms!!;)
So we've gone from Bec and Lleyton bashing to bashing the Bec and Lleyton bashers..? :confused:
Of course we have! Dont you know its fashionable to just agree? One day we're bashing something and everyone is agreeing, then the next day we're saying that its bad to bash, and everyone is agreeing!
lol carls, you are a character:)
newmum, was that a personal dig at me?
It most certainly wasn't coops, and I apologise if you read it that way, I was actually referring to some relatives I have that love cutting tall poppies, yet are very 'dedicated' church goers.
My personal opinion is that for those that say they are sick of hearing / reading about certain celebs or hot topics then don't buy the trashy magazines or watch the entertainment shows. What else do you think you're going to find there??? :p If I see someone on the cover of a mag and I'm sick of hearing about them then I just don't pick it up. Simple. Rather than pick it up and then feel the need to bag them as a way of compensating for the oversaturation.
I do agree that it is rather embedded into human nature though. My hubby for example is a classic poppy cutter. For example, he bags on the new Mitsubishi car that was bought out recently. This car doesn't affect his life and he is only bagging it because it got so much media attention. I would bet my world that no matter what that car looked like or did, he would have bagged it - he had made his mind up before the damn thing even came out - based on the fact that it had so much positive media attention. He does the same with so many things - and it drives me mad because I am, by nature, a positive person and find much more pleasure in life by looking on the bright side :rolleyes:
Wow - a whole post and I didn't even mention You Know Who (cause I know you're all sick of them :p )
Yes, please stop bashing this bec and lleyton basher.
Yes it is all very immature, but you can't tell me half the converstations in this section aren't??!!
I am happy for anyone that has a bub and congratulations to them, I wish them all the best. If any of my family or friends have good fortune and their lives are filled with happiness I am happy for them and would wish for it to continue for them.
P.S Bec if you are reading this please excuse the rantings of this hormonal pregnant woman. I'm sure you are lovely.:rolleyes:
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