The recent broadcast by two entertainers, George Negus and Yumi Stynes, on Channel 10, has rightly drawn condemnation from Australians of all ages and occupations, and across all political affiliations, for the gratuitous insult of Corporal Benjamin Roberts-Smith.
I have never met George Negus and I had never heard of Yumi Stynes prior to this.
What I hope these two people have learnt, is that when one insults a VC winner, one insults all Australians who have given their lives in war, been wounded or damaged, and their families. And with that comes attendant hurt and reaction.
An apology has been given, and to his credit, Corporal Roberts-Smith has been reported as having accepted this.
There has been a general lowering of standards in the entertainment industry, with a derisory attitude towards ordinary Australians by a metropolitan clique, and perhaps this will be seen as a "jumping the shark moment".
Entertainers such as Negus and Stynes are paid more than soldiers and workers, and are there to serve all of Australia, and not just a small minority of pseudo-educated viewers waiting to be titillated on a minutely basis. With that high income, for doing very little, comes responsibility.
I would hope this type of insult is never repeated.