Dec 20, 2011

Crikey Award sandals for most gratuitous reference to personal appearance

The Australian's Miranda Devine caused a dust-up of outrage on Twitter when she scolded Margaret Simons for her choice of footwear. Now the sandals will be awarded to the most gratuitous reference to personal appearance in the media.

Margaret Simons

Journalist, author and director of the Centre for Advanced Journalism

Remember my sandal-gate? My boring, black, low-heeled, middle-aged woman’s footwear was brought to unexpected notoriety on November 18 when Miranda Devine, reporting my appearance before the federal government’s media inquiry, described me as “sandal-wearing freelance journalist and prolific tweeter”. It was an accurate description, if so besides the point as to be a non-sequitur.

Her piece caused a bit a dust-up of outrage on Twitter, and it was suggested that I should auction the now notorious sandals. This I did, under the hashtag #journosandals, though some chose #sandalgate.

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