You’d think penning the highest-selling novel in Australian history would have shielded Colleen McCullough from crude comments on her aesthetics. Posthumously, at least.
But fans of the celebrated author were left outraged by a detailed obituary published in her honour by the Australian newspaper on Thursday.
The Thorn Birds writer, who died aged 77 on Wednesday, was described as “plain of feature” and “certainly overweight.”
The remarks prompted a number of followers on Twitter to point out that the Australian had overlooked her notable career of huge accomplishments, including teaching at Yale Medical School and selling 30million books:
It may be possible for this obituary in The Australian to have a more offensive openingtone. I can't imagine how. http://t.co/61XWHTiCa1Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) January 30, 2015
Then came the birth of the #MyOzObituary hashtag, in which followers tweeted their own sexist, looks-based life stories:
#myozobituary would be “Although she grew a disappointing arse, she nonetheless got laid and won awards."Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) January 30, 2015
Despite being a fat, Jewish lesbian who couldn't spell, she was nonetheless an Emmy award winning television producer. #myozobituaryBarbara Gaines (@barbara_gaines1) January 30, 2015
Heavy of head and lean of frame, he nevertheless remained vertical for much of his life. #myozobituaryJoe Hildebrand (@Joe_Hildebrand) January 30, 2015
“A tubby, hairy, balding asthmatic, he turned his years of resulting miserable singleness into a whiny, self-indulgent column“ #MyOzObituaryDom Knight (@domknight) January 30, 2015
Despite being born female, and a New Zealander, she was sometimes given work. #myozobituaryCal Wilson (@calbo) January 30, 2015
Small of breast and certainly chubby of thigh she was, nevertheless, capable of reading out loud. #myozobituaryHilary Barry (@Hilary_Barry) January 30, 2015
A trend and fitting tribute that would no doubt have amused McCullough.Reuse content