But that’s exactly what Melbourne radio DJ, De De Dunleavy, did when she insinuated that people should boycott Nigella Lawson’s books and shows until she makes a public statement against domestic violence.
Photos of Nigella have recently made the rounds that show her in a central London restaurant, mid argument with her husband, his hands wrapped around her throat. It’s caused quite the stir in the media, prompting all sorts of responses. But I was honestly flabbergasted when I read what Ms Dunleavy had to say on the matter.
Nigella, like it or not, you’re a beacon for women from all walks of life. If you want us to buy your books and watch your shows on how to run our kitchens, then we need you to make a stand on domestic violence.
Yep, she actually had the gaul to say this barely a day after the incident. A woman suffers a humiliating and public attack by someone she loves, and Ms Dunleavy’s response was to lay a guilt trip on her and then follow it up with an implied threat.
She later claimed that she hadn’t intended her comments to be taken that way, although I personally have a hard time understanding what other way they could have been taken. She literally said that if Nigella didn’t make a stand, people wouldn’t buy her books or watch her shows. That’s not a misquote, that’s a case of foot-in-mouth disease.
Victim blaming in cases of domestic violence is hardly a new phenomena, but to scold a woman for something that is not her fault and then use your public power to try and damage her professional career unless she agrees to what you believe is her duty?
Bad form, Ms Dunleavy, bad form.