Lately I’ve been reminded of that famous saying “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” But plagiarism goes too far. I say that because I’ve noticed that too frequently when I make an observation and use particular analogies they turn up in a newspaper article a day or two day later.
Whilst these incidents may be due to pure coincidence, I was plagiarised several years ago when I worked as a TV critic. I wrote mainly about BBC television productions because that’s where my interests lay. So I was on very friendly terms with the BBC representative who was based in Sydney.
There was a documentary about Princess Margaret which I previewed for the newspaper. A day after its publication the BBC rep phoned me and told me that she had recorded a celebrity talk back radio host previewing the doco and he was using my work word for word. I was shocked to hear that since there was no attribution to my article. Now this man is very famous and I was small fry so I let it go, but it did make me rather suspicious since then. At the time the BBC was in a bind because this man had a large radio following and quite frankly, the BBC appreciated the extra publicity, but it is wrong to plagiarise.
When I last wrote about the Prime Minister’s wife’s lack of fashion sense I referred to Trinny and Susannah coming downunder. Well, lo and behold, if there wasn’t a reference made to the same thing regarding Therese Rein (Mrs Rudd uses her maiden name) and Trinny and Co in today’s Courier- Mail. Three days after my modest effort here! Coincidence? Perhaps. But it’s happening to me more and more often.
As for the continuing discussion of Therese Rein’s choice of wardrobe as she struts the world stage with her husband, I am stunned by the number of people defending her dress sense. Not because she dresses well. They all agree that she doesn’t. But she ought to be left alone, they say, because she is rich, professional and successful.
Yep, she is all those things, but she still dresses inappropriately. When did being rich and successful become an excuse for poor taste?
I would have thought that a person who had been out in the world, amassing a fortune, would have had more opportunities to learn how to dress. Did she ignore advice? Did she walk around in blinkers? Did she look at herself properly in a mirror? Back and front? Is she still dressing the way she did when she was twenty perhaps without realising that time takes its toll on appearance?
What really astounds me is that when someone defends her the argument is that Therese Rein is a successful career woman, so that makes her immune to criticism. Does that mean that had she stayed home and looked after her children and not amassed her millions she would be a more suitable target for criticism? Surely the opposite is true. Had Mrs Rudd been “a stay at home mum” then naturally she would have had fewer opportunities to develop a fashion sense. But Mrs Rudd’s been out there for decades and should have learned something about presentation.
I have never criticised the first lady’s shape but only how she covers it.
Quite frankly, if she is so rich and a woman of the world, blah blah, then she ought to do better. After all, she is representing our nation even though we only elected her husband.