Turn­bull de­fends baby photo

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

SYD­NEY: Aus­tralian Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull brushed off crit­i­cism yes­ter­day of a photo of him nurs­ing a beer while hold­ing his grand­daugh­ter as on­line “crazi­ness”.

Turn­bull posted the im­age he la­belled “mul­ti­task­ing” on Face­book at the week­end as he watched an Aus­tralian Rules game in Syd­ney.

It showed him kiss­ing the fore­head of baby Alice while hold­ing the drink, draw­ing the ire of some so­cial me­dia users.

“Dis­grace­ful hold­ing a child with al­co­hol in hand,” wrote Marg Walker, while an­other called him “ir­re­spon­si­ble”.

Turn­bull said the back­lash was only from a mi­nor­ity.

“I think it’s in the sort of crazi­ness of so­cial me­dia that you see things like that,” he told ra­dio sta­tion Triple M.

“You’ve just got to be your­self, as long as you’re com­fort­able in your own skin, be your­self, be nat­u­ral. Any­thing else you end up be­ing as crazy as the trolls on Twit­ter.”

While some took ex­cep­tion, most of the nearly 1,700 com­ments about the im­age on Turn­bull’s Face­book page de­fended it as a ten­der fam­ily mo­ment.

“He’s a hu­man be­ing like all of us, he loves his chil­dren and grand­chil­dren just like I do and mil­lions of oth­ers. Give him a break,” said one user.

Turn­bull was also backed from all corners of pol­i­tics.

“I’ve found some­thing Mal­colm & I can agree on. This is rub­bish. Let him be a grandpa,” tweeted op­po­si­tion La­bor leader Bill Shorten.

Greens se­na­tor Sarah Han­son-Young added it was “hardly the PM’s Michael Jack­son’s baby over the bal­cony mo­ment”, re­fer­ring to an in­fa­mous in­ci­dent in­volv­ing the late US pop star.

“If any­thing this has made the prime min­is­ter look a bit more per­son­able to the pub­lic,” she added to Chan­nel Seven tele­vi­sion. – AFP

Turn­bull holds his baby grand­daugh­ter Alice dur­ing a football match in Syd­ney.

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