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Australia Day: Mike Carlton criticized for tweet about Australian of the year Taryn Brumfitt

Veteran journalist Mike Carlton has been criticized for his ‘ignorance’ after tweeting his low opinion of body image campaigner Taryn Brumfitt being named Australian of the year 2023.

In a tweet posted after Ms Brumfitt’s announcement as the winner of the best Australia Day gong in Canberra on Wednesday night, Mr Carlton expressed his views on the decision on his account with nearly 194,000 followers.

“My Australian of the Year would be a doctor or nurse working nights in intensive care or emergency care dealing with COVID and daily death. Genuine, loving work. For very little money. NOT someone who makes money saying it’s okay to be a little fat. Good night.’

His tweet was backed up by another veteran reporter, Paul Bongiorno, who tweeted ‘Indeed’ under Mr Carlton’s post.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese presents the Australian of the Year 2023 award to body image activist Taryn Brumfitt at the Australian of the Year 2023 Awards in Canberra

In a tweet posted after Ms Brumfitt's announcement as the winner of the best Australia Day gong in Canberra on Wednesday night, veteran journalist Mike Carlton shared his thoughts on the decision on his account with nearly 194,000 followers

In a tweet posted after Ms Brumfitt's announcement as the winner of the best Australia Day gong in Canberra on Wednesday night, veteran journalist Mike Carlton shared his thoughts on the decision on his account with nearly 194,000 followers

In a tweet posted after Ms Brumfitt’s announcement as the winner of the best Australia Day gong in Canberra on Wednesday night, veteran journalist Mike Carlton shared his thoughts on the decision on his account with nearly 194,000 followers

Mr Carlton also tweeted 'Who?  ?  ?'  when news of Ms Brumfitt's award first broke on Wednesday evening

Mr Carlton also tweeted 'Who?  ?  ?'  when news of Ms Brumfitt's award first broke on Wednesday night

Mr Carlton also tweeted ‘Who? ? ?’ when news of Ms Brumfitt’s award first broke on Wednesday night

Twitter user Sharna Bremner said Mr Carlton and fellow journalist Paul Bongiorno, who tweeted in support of him, 'should be ashamed of their ignorance and s****y comments'

Twitter user Sharna Bremner said Mr Carlton and fellow journalist Paul Bongiorno, who tweeted in support of him, 'should be ashamed of their ignorance and s****y comments'

Twitter user Sharna Bremner said Mr Carlton and fellow journalist Paul Bongiorno, who tweeted in support of him, ‘should be ashamed of their ignorance and s****y comments’

Carlton also tweeted ‘Who? ? ?’ when news of Ms Brumfitt’s award first broke on Wednesday night.

But the tweets were met with fierce reactions from women.

Sharna Bremner, the founder and director of End Rape on Campus Australia, tweeted in response, “Eating disorders are the third most common illness among young women in Australia and have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder,” she posted.

“These two should be ashamed of their ignorance and filthy remarks.”

“Disgusting, ignorant old white men. F*** them,” another person replied.

“I’m really sad to see this, it shows how much more education is needed around eating disorders, and that men understand women’s experience of being reduced to adornment all our lives,” Sonya Semmens tweeted.

The negative response to his tweet led Mr Carlton to begin blocking those who objected to his views on Ms Brumfitt’s award.

Must have blocked about sixty idiots of some sort in the last 24 hours. But it’s a sunny day and I have better things to do,” he posted early on Australia Day.

Ms Bremner also shared a screenshot where Mr Carlton had blocked her from his account.

Mrs. Brumfitt, 44, an activist, writer, director and public speaker on a decade-long mission to change the way we see ourselves

Mrs. Brumfitt, 44, an activist, writer, director and public speaker on a decade-long mission to change the way we see ourselves

Mrs. Brumfitt, 44, an activist, writer, director and public speaker on a decade-long mission to change the way we see ourselves

In her speech accepting the award, Ms Brumfitt said body shaming has become a chronic national problem, with 70 per cent of schoolchildren citing it as their top concern

In her speech accepting the award, Ms Brumfitt said body shaming has become a chronic national problem, with 70 per cent of schoolchildren citing it as their top concern

In her speech accepting the award, Ms Brumfitt said body shaming has become a chronic national problem, with 70 per cent of schoolchildren citing it as their top concern

Ms Brumfitt, 44, an activist, writer, director and public speaker on a decade-long mission to change the way we see ourselves, was crowned our best Aussie in a glittering ceremony in Canberra on Wednesday night.

The Body Image Movement, which she founded in 2012, teaches people – young women in particular – to love and appreciate their bodies and has taken her from her humble hometown of Adelaide to a global audience.

In her speech accepting the award, Ms Brumfitt said body shaming has become a chronic national problem, with 70 per cent of schoolchildren citing it as their top concern.

“We are facing a pediatric health emergency with rates of suicide, depression, eating disorders, anxiety and steroid use associated with body dissatisfaction skyrocketing,” she told the audience.

“We now know that young people with poor body image are 24 times more likely to become depressed and suffer from anxiety.

“There is so much desperation in this country for children and adults when it comes to what we think and how we feel about our bodies.

“Australia, it is not our purpose in life to be at war with our bodies.”

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