Claire Hooper’s admission she laughed at the story of a man throwing his girlfriend’s barking dog off a roof struck a sour note with readers
Dog horror not funny
from Ray Lord, RSPCA Victoria The RSPCA was very disturbed by Claire Hooper’s response to the question: ‘‘What’s the funniest news story you have read of late?’’ (Guide, March 12). Hooper replied by saying, ‘‘I laughed when I read about the guy who threw his girlfriend’s yappy dog off a roof. I surprised myself, because I love dogs, but I couldn’t help wondering if he kept yapping on the way down.’’ We don’t believe it was a laughing matter. The dog suffered a horrific death and the dog’s owner was extremely distressed by what happened. Hooper’s comments are completely irresponsible and do not send a positive message to the community.
Cruelty isn’t laughable
from Karen Benson, DOGS Victoria DOGS Victoria is less than amused by your interview with Claire Hooper. We were surprised anyone claiming to love dogs could laugh at the idea of an innocent dog (yappy or otherwise) being thrown off a roof. We do have a sense of humour about dogs but can’t see the humour in this sort of comment. Animal cruelty is not laughable.
from Lyndsay Edwards, Carrum Downs WOULD Claire Hooper have found it amusing if the situation had been that the guy threw his girlfriend’s screaming baby off the roof? Would she have then wondered if the baby kept screaming on the way down? I don’t think so. I do have a sense of humour, but when it comes to acts of animal cruelty and torture I fail to find any level of amusement at such deplorable behaviour.
from R. Martin, email I JUST want to let you know how appalled I am at Claire Hooper’s comments about the funniest news story she had heard lately. Sicko. Turned me right off.
Jan Cooke, Jansilk Kennels, Melbourne I AMdisgusted Claire Hooper thinks acts of animal cruelty are funny. There is nothing funny about someone throwing an animal off a roof. It’s downright cruel. Perhaps she should volunteer to spend time working at the RSPCA?
from Jenny, 16, Flemington TONI Fan (Guide, March 6)— you have to be joking. As much as I love Australia’s Funniest Home Videos, tuning in to Pearen’s hosting ‘‘abilities’’ was a turn-off and no, it wasn’t her dreadful wardrobe (which was probably her stylist’s doing), it was simply her. Naturally funny? She didn’t seem natural at all. She had no charisma, and every word that came out of her mouth sounded annoyingly fake. Even her laugh seemed forced. Bottom line is it was painful watching her, as it probably was painful for her hosting the show. Maybe that’s why she quit after four long years. That ship has sailed. I’m so glad that Shelley Craft has landed the role. She’s fun, energetic and bubbly and so far is doing a great job.
from Brian, Coburg NO CRITICISM of Postcards last year but this year it just comes across a whole lot better in every department. Suzie Wilks, of course, adds a whole new dimension with her experience, class and sense of humour. She is a delight.
from Tony, Brighton CLEVER work, Channel 9, getting Suzie Wilks to host Postcards. With that beautiful face and personality, when she tells me where to go I, like every other hot-blooded man, would follow her anywhere.
from Joan, Armadale SORRY, Coxy, I have had to make the switch to Postcards. Suzie Wilks is a family favourite and we are thrilled to see her back on the telly and looking as gorgeous as ever. The new show looks great and is really classy. No wonder they picked Suzie to host— beauty, brains and very funny.