Australian Newspaper Criticized For Sexist Obituary Of Famed Author Colleen McCullough

January 30, 2015 5:26 PM

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Australian Newspaper Criticized For Sexist Obituary Of Famed Author Colleen McCullough

When a notable figure dies, it’s typical to lead an obituary with that person’s remarkable achievements. When famed Australian author Colleen McCullough, who penned the megahit The Thorn Birds, recently died, The Australian took a shockingly different angle.

The major Australian newspaper, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp Australia, opened its obituary for the beloved author with a description of McCullough’s physique, remarking: “Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless a woman of wit and warmth. In one interview, s...

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