Yumi Stynes has awkwardly criticized Channel 10 for not giving her a job in recent years, blaming a casual comment about war veteran Ben Roberts-Smith for not appearing on TV
Stynes appeared on Channel 10’s The Project on Friday to talk about the backlash she’s been receiving over her new children’s book, Welcome to Sex: Your no-silly-questions Guide to Sexuality, Lust and Finding It Out.”
The book was promoted as a resource to help parents educate children between the ages of 12 and 15 about sex. Ms Stynes previously said a “mature eight-year-old could flip through it”.
However, it drew criticism for containing colorful, explicit drawings of sexual acts, which critics say were aimed at younger children.
Stynes revealed that the harsh criticism in the controversy left her fearful and concerned for her safety.
However, she said it is not the first time she has faced consequences for her work and her opinions.
Yumi Stynes (above) claimed she was removed from television after calling disgraced war veteran Ben Roberts-Smith “brainless” in 2012
In 2012, Stynes faced backlash for calling war veteran Roberts-Smith “brainless.”
At the time, Roberts-Smith was considered a war hero and was known as Australia’s most decorated soldier alive.
However, his recent defamation lawsuit against The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times found that he had “committed a number of war crimes”.
“One of the consequences for the real world is that I’m not on TV anymore,” she claimed on The Project on Friday.
“Since this controversy surrounding a comment I made about Ben Roberts-Smith, Channel 10 hasn’t given me a single paying job outside of appearing on a show.
“So what are the consequences for the real world? Yes. people threaten my life Yes.
“Today there was a guy in the supermarket. I was buying strawberries for my kids and I kept looking over my shoulder and wondering if he was going to smack me on the back of the head – which is quite possible.”
Stynes faced backlash in 2012 after commenting on a shirtless photo of Roberts-Smith (above), who was then considered a war hero
Stynes was hosting the now-defunct Channel 10 show The Circle in 2012 when she commented on a photo of shirtless Roberts-Smith by the pool.
‘Hello! Look at that physique! “He’s going to dive to the bottom of the pool and see if his brain is there,” she had said.
Stynes’ guest added: ‘I’m sure he’s a really good bloke, nothing like poor old Ben.’ But such a bloke, and what if he can’t do it in the sack?’
Another moderator joked that Roberts-Smith might be “a dud.”
Stynes’ comments sparked horror from viewers, who said they were “sick” of the segment.
She responded with an apology, “I’m really sorry.” I didn’t mean to offend anyone and have absolute respect for the people who work in the Defense Forces.
“I’ve never met Ben but I’m sure he’s lovely and seems like a big family man.”
Stynes later appeared as a guest panelist on Studio 10, but was removed from the show after calling one of the presenters “racist” during an Australia Day debate in 2019.
On Friday, Stynes said she supports Big W’s decision to remove her new book from the store’s shelves after staff were reportedly abused by angry parents.
Stynes has faced more criticism for her new book (above), which aims to help parents teach their children about sex
“To be honest, no retail worker deserves to be put in jeopardy just because they show up and do their minimum wage job,” she said.
“If that’s what’s needed to keep retail workers safe, then I supported it.”
The book costs $16 and contains detailed explanations of sexual activities such as oral sex, fingering, anal sex, handjobs, porn, sexuality, and gender identity.
It’s still available online at Big W.
Despite all the controversy, the book is selling well and was Amazon’s best seller on Friday.
Ms Stymes said the book is factual and intended to be used by parents as a way to communicate with their children when they are discussing sex.
“The whole thing about chat is that it’s not chat, it’s an ongoing conversation,” she said.
“No one knows your children better than you and your partner.”
She said the book’s content is factual and answers the questions youngsters were asking.
Stynes (above) told The Project on Friday she supports Big W’s decision to remove her book from stores after staff were abused by angry parents who claimed the book was pornographic
“The question doesn’t matter, we will answer it with scientific support in the book,” Ms Styme said.
“You can be the filter for that information.” You don’t have to give your kids unfettered access to the book, you can scroll through it with them and choose the chapter you want to talk about.
“Kids love this information.” When they don’t learn it from a book, they turn to the internet, and it’s infinite and incredibly rampant, and there’s a lot of horrible misinformation out there.”