The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT -

I’VE never been a fan of I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! but I’m a fan of An­thony Mun­dine.

I’m pretty sure you’d be hard pressed to find a sports writer who isn’t. We make our liv­ing by chas­ing head­lines and wher­ever Mun­dine is, you don’t have to look hard to find one. Even if it’s in the jun­gle some­where in South Africa.

When “The Man” de­cided he’d had enough of eat­ing spi­ders and wrestling snakes, or what­ever it is they do on the show, I saw one gen­eral news colum­nist de­scribe him as “bot­tom-feed­ing scum”.

She must know him a lot bet­ter than me be­cause I’ve al­ways found him pleas­ant, po­lite, a gifted ath­lete and, above all, sen­sa­tional copy.

Sure he has a ten­dency to put his mouth into gear be­fore his brain is en­gaged. But as for be­ing “scum”, he’s a non-drinker who turned down a lu­cra­tive spon­sor­ship of­fer from a beer com­pany be­cause he felt it would send the wrong mes­sage to indige­nous Aus­tralians, a gen­er­ous bene­fac­tor to his ex­tended fam­ily, and a pos­i­tive role model to a seg­ment of the com­mu­nity who can do with all the help they can get.

I would think there would be plenty of peo­ple sorry to see Mun­dine head­ing for the air­port.

The pro­duc­ers and ad­ver­tis­ing sales staff for starters. Now that Bernard Tomic and Mun­dine have de­parted, who is ev­ery­one go­ing to get wound up about?

They might have to change the name to “I’m Some­one Most of You Have Never Heard Of … Please Let Me Stay Here As Long As I Can!”.

One clip I did see was when “The Man” said that he saw his role as hunt­ing while it was the role of the women to cook. This was im­me­di­ately de­cried as sex­ism.

Maybe, but when you’re stuck in the jun­gle I’m not sure it’s the time to be put­ting equal­ity ahead of sur­vival.

I know what I’d be say­ing if I was on that show and heard Mun­dine say he wanted to do my hunt­ing for me.

“I’m Hun­gry … Get Me Some Food!”

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